Another weekend trip…but this time in the city.

We usually hang around in JM road, but never got a chance to visit Pataleshwar Caves..Finally on 18th August 2013, My hubby and I decided to visit the place.

It is situated in Jangli Maharaj Road opposite to Honda Showroom and near Jangli Maharaj Mandir.

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The Pataleshwar Cave Temple (also called Panchaleshvara or Bamburde) a heritage site for Pune is a rock-cut cave temple, carved out in the 8th century in the Rashtrakuta period. It also bears resemblance with the massive rock-cut temples of Ellora.It has been declared as a protected monument by the government.

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The temple, made of basalt rock, is dedicated to 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.

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The other two cell(worship area) include beautiful statues of Sita, Rama, Laxman and a host of other Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

To our surprise, the place was so peaceful despite of being in the midst of the city chaos..A good and peaceful place to visit with your friends and family.