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The Pataleshwar cave temple

Coordinates: 18°31′37″N 73°50′59″E / 18.5269929°N 73.8497704°E / 18.5269929; 73.8497704 The Pataleshwar Cave Temple (also called Panchaleshvara or Bamburde) is a rock-cut cave temple, carved out in the 8th century in the Rashtrakuta period.[1] It is located in what is now Pune, in the state of Maharashtra, India. It was originally situated outside the town, but the city limits have expanded so that it is now located on the downtown Jangli Maharaj Road. It has been declared as a protected monument by the government.[2]

Pataleshwar Caves Internal Temple Corridors HDR Panorama Image.

The temple, made of basalt rock, is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The sanctum - a cube-shaped room about 3–4 metres on each side - houses a linga - the symbol of Shiva and there are two smaller cells on each side. In front of the cave is a circular Nandi mandapa, its umbrella shaped canopy supported by massive square pillars. This mandapa is one of the peculiar structures of Pataleshwar.

Pataleshwar Caves Internal Temple Columns HDR

The temple was left incomplete, possibly because of a fault line found at the back of the sanctum sanctorum, which made the further sculpting unsafe, or political upheaval resulting in loss of patronage. Still in use, the linga is anointed with ghee and yogurt. A brass temple bell hangs outside the basalt entryway.

Pataleshwar Caves Internal Temple Columns HDR Image.



  1. ^ "Pataleshwar caves". Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "List of the protected monuments of Mumbai Circle district-wise" (PDF). 

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