The Pataleshwar cave temple of Pune, is located on the Jungli Maharaj Road in Shivaji Nagar. The history of Pataleshwar cave temple dates back to the 8th century AD.
Pataleshwar cave temple of Pune, situated just across the river on the Jungli Maharaj Road, is a heritage site for Pune with a long history dating back to the 8th century AD. One of the remarkable feature of this attractive cave temple is that it has resemblance with the massive rock-cut temples of Ellora.
The Pataleshwar cave temple is a huge temple which is a cave temple carved out of a single rock. The Pataleshwar cave temple is made from a single block of stone, and houses gigantic pillars, a shrine of Lord Shiva and a nandi bull. The pataleshwar cave temple was carved out in the Rashtrakuta period.
The Pataleshwar cave temple was made with Basalt rock. There is a cave in the vicinity of the temple, the reason for the temple getting its name as the ‘Pataleshwar Cave Temple’.
The Pataleshwar cave temple also has a shrine, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This religious shrine on the Jungli Maharaj Road in Pune has very big statues of Nandi, Sita, Ram, lakshman, Lakshmi, Ganesh, and a big sized Shiva lingam under its roof. The Shiva lingam is situated in a cube-shaped room about 3 to 4 meters on each side which is located in the middle of the Pataleshwar cave temple in Pune. We can also see a brass bell hanging outside the entry way of the temple which adds to the attraction of the temple.
We can see a circular shaped Nandi mandapa, and its umbrella shaped canopy supported by huge square shaped pillars.
In front of the cave is a circular Nandi Mandapa, its umbrella shaped canopy supported by massive square pillars. This Nandi Mandapa is one of the peculiar structures of Pataleshwar cave temple.
The entrance of the Pataleshwar cave temple is a worth seeing place, as it highlights a good sense of geometry of the architects. We can also see a nice seating arrangement along with small rooms for the visitors who visit this famous temple in Pune.
The sculpture of the Pataleshwar cave temple is not completed but left incomplete.
We can also see a museum beside the Pataleshwar cave temple of Pune. This museum is enlisted in the Guinness Book of World records. We can see the exhibit of a grain of rice which has around 5,000 characters inscribed on it.
The Pataleshwar cave temple remains open from 8:00 AM in the morning till 5:30 PM in the evening. We can reach the Pataleshwar cave temple from any place in Pune city with auto rickshaws. So the Pataleshwar cave temple is thus a worth seeing best place of tourist interest in Pune city. So when ever you visit Pune city, please do not forget to make a visit to this famous cave temple.