All cities hide something which is always less explored and most beautiful, one such hidden treasure in the heart of Pune city, the cultural hub of Maharashtra, is Pataleshwar cave temple. 👇
The Pataleshwar Cave Temple is an 8th-century rock-cut shrine hewn by the Rashtrakuta Dynasty. It’s located in Pune and is an ASI protected monument.
- This temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. Pataleshwar- Patal means ‘Underworld’ and Eshwar means ‘God’.
- It has been hewn out from the single rock.
- Inside the caves the temple is made from an excavated monolithic rock during the reign of Rashtrakuta Dynasty in 8th century. Many if its stones date back 700 to 800 A.D.
- Passages, Circular Nandi Mandapa, massive pillar, crafted pillars, giant circular stones and rotunda roof are the noticeable features of the work of those days.
- We can find similarities between the architecture of Pataleshwar caves and Elephanta caves.
- According to the legends, the temple was built just in few hours by the Pandavas when they were out in exile and needed a shelter.
- The other names of Pataleshwar temple are Panchaleshwar and Bhamburde.