One of the oldest monuments in Pune, Pataleshwar Temple is an exquisite rock-cut cave temple located in Shivaji Nagar. Made of basalt rock, the temple premises comprise of a magnificent porch with massive square pillars, an umbrella shaped canopy, large courtyards, a beautifully-carved Nandi shrine and a Shiva linga. Carved out in the 8th century, the temple was left incomplete because of risks in sculpting the caves any further. The Shiva linga pooja is one of the most important festivals celebrated here. Hidden in the heart of the city, the temple is a must-visit for travellers who want to explore the historical side of the Pune.
Apart from a rich historical background, the temple holds some very detailed inscriptions, museums and architectural enigmas that make it an instant attraction among tourists from across the globe. Additionally, the temple is nestled with various tropics and a river around it which makes Pataleshwar a fascinating point for adventurers to scour.
From a grain of rice that contains close to 5,000 characters in it to the mammoth pillars holding the temple, tourists who visit here are awestruck by the temple’s extravagant beauty and design.
Not just tourists but devotees of Lord Shiva are also seen visiting this place quite often, making it not just a place to explore but worship too. Additionally, Lord Ram, Laxman, Sita and Ganesh temples also reside inside the cave.
The temple also shares a number of ancient stories and legends that are famous among local residents of the place. All in all, a clean subtle environment with much to explore, the Pataleshwar cave temple is perfect for a family outing. Travelers or devotees who love a calm and quiet destination will also find themselves at home here in the cave temple of Pataleshwar