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“Pathaleshwar temple of Shiva”

Pataleshwar Cave Temple
Ranked #18 of 294 things to do in Pune
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

Beautiful cave temple. Not much climbing. Need to walk a few meters and get down 3-4 steps and you will reach the caves. YOU WALK INTO A NICELY CUT CAVES AND we walk into a beautiful shiva temple. There is a nandi in front of the shiva idol and another big bull outside the temple as well. The caves are in a very well maintained beautiful garden and the place is cool in hot poona weather.
Visit this place if you visit Poona and enjoy the cave temple. One can go inside the temple and worship the Shiva Idol. The place is constantly cleaned by the staff.

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Reviewed 30 January 2014

It is next to the jungli maharaj temple and easy to locate . Walking past a century old banyan tree, in a cool garden , one enters a sunken area , caused by cutting a huge rock. There is the ubiquitous nandi in a hexagonal mantap. The diety is shiva,in a patal-underground cave- hence the name pathaleshwar-, lodged in a large hall, darkened by ages of worship. The temple deserves a short visit- of less than an hour- to wonder at the work of the artisans a 1000 years ago, in cutting the rock face to establish a temple.

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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Having lived in Pune for almost 7 years, I had never visited the Pataleshwar temple and was pleasantly surprised when I finally made it there. The minute you turn off the main road, your breath is taken away by the sight of the massive banyan tree near the entrance of the place. Continue on and you come to a flight of stairs leading down into an area cut out of the rock around 1300 years ago! It is hard to imagine that you are just separated from the chaos of JM road by a few metres! It is a Shiva temple with a Nandi sitting outside in a ringed area in front of the temple door. There are games carved into the temple floor, and it doesn't take much imagination to picture people many centuries back, spending hot summer days on the cool temple floor. Since my first visit, I have been there twice more and was also thrilled to visit the Jangli Maharaj temple next door on my last visit. We went on the occasion of Tripuri Poornima, two weeks after Diwali, but did not know that there would be a special lighting of oil lamps all around the temple that very night. It would have indeed been an unforgettable sight, and I cannot wait to go back next year. I recommend this place as a mandatory stopover for anyone visiting Pune.

2  Thank Aparna R
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

I suggest visitors to visit this place at night.. the silence and the energy seems high at the peace of the night. I visited this place at 8 at night. It was like visiting the 'Patal' (hell).. every step creeped me, and the silence reverberated around me. I could feel high energy vibrations from the sanctum sanctorium. On finding Eshwar and other idols I could feel that this place was out of the world. It is so silent, it may seem like you havegone deaf.The garbha griha was so deep inside that the orgone created there is quite powerful. Only a believer can understand this intensity. I really loved this place and had been there for a short while, but every moment seemed as though i spent it out of this world. If you are in Pune... you got to be here!

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Reviewed 15 December 2013

This is not "impressive" in the "big" sense of the word however, you should be in awe of how it was constructed and pay your respects to the stone workers of centuries gone by. 20 minute visit, look around, take a few photo's, off with the shoes and into the cavern you go.

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