Friday, August 15, 2014

Pataleshwar Cave Temple, Pune, India

Pataleshwar cave temple
I am deviating a bit from my US and Europe trip, I have to share this unusual ancient temple in Pune, India. Even though I have been to Pune several times, I never visited this ancient temple before, I am happy I could visit it this time.

If you like ancient temples, next time you are in Pune, or if you are visiting Pune in Maharshtra, India, for the first time, don't miss this temple. This is quite an unique temple. It is a rock cut temple dating back to the 8th century, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located on the Jungli Maharaj Road in Shivaji Nagar.It is easy to locate; any auto will take you since it is quite a popular temple. I found some very interesting carvings and drawings in the temple.

Entrance to Pataleshwar temple
Nandi Mandapa

Passage inside the Pataleshwar

Carvings on the wall
Carvings on the wall
of the temple

Drawings on the
floor of the temple

Drawing on the floor
Inside the temple


Revati Victor said...

I lived right next to this temple for years, and had no idea it existed. Only when our college took us on a tour of Pune years later, did I discover it. The secrets around every corner in our country are just amazing!

Ranjana Jha said...

@Revati Victor,

Wow! I completely agree though...India has such a rich history that you will bump into something interesting around the corner always!