Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave Temple

Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave Temple, Gangolihat

Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave Temple
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RoadTripper Abhishek
Mumbai (Bombay), India138 aportes
Patal Bhuvaneshwar - A microcosm of the universe
dic. de 2020
The Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a cave complex which is as old as the earth itself. This fantastic relic dating from the Satyug denotes the story of the world as enshrined in Hindu philosophy and is a must – visit destination for anyone traveling to Uttarakhand. Discovering Pithoragarh cannot be complete without it. Dedicated predominantly to Lord Shiva, the cave is also home to all 33 Koti demi – Gods in Hindu belief. That is 33 unique Gods – not 33 crore, as ‘koti’ is typically confused with.

Patal Bhuvaneshwar is barely 11KMS from the Misty Mountains. On 31 Dec. Sanju, Simran, Ritika, Aditya (our 9 year old) and I hopped in to the Pajero to continue our quest for discovering Pithoragarh. Add the 3KM trek down and up the Misty Mountain trail, and it was a 26KM drive in all. Once we got onto the main road, instead of heading to Raiagar, we continued onwards on highway AH 309 which goes to Pithoragarh.

The drive is very picturesque affording panoramic views of the Nanda Devi range nearly all throughout. Over a distance of 10KMS, you descend from 2100 to 1350Mtrs, which is the altitude at which the cave is situated. We may not have ended up discovering all there is to Pithoragarh. However, the drive itself was a spiritually immersive experience.

Entering the cave is nothing short of an adventure in itself. The doorway is a small crevice that you crouch through. Once through, you are greeted with a 90 feet plunge down a steep 50 – 60 degree decline. Given the low ceiling, most of the path down must be covered crouching. If it wasn’t for the length of thick chain lining the pathway, I am pretty sure none of us would have made it down with our bones intact.

The Patal Bhuvaneshwar finds mention in the Skand Puran originally. In the 11th century AD, Adi Sahnkaracharya ended up re – discovering it when he visited Pithoragarh. I don’t know if this is ‘the’ Adi Shankaracharya though. For if he is, then the dates are way off. Apparently, he lived much before this date.

I can well imagine how he would’ve navigated his way down with no lights or assistance of any other kind. If you don’t believe in divine intervention, you should visit the cave yourself. Try imagining getting in with no material or Godly assistance!

Once inside, the cave is a marvel in itself. Right from Sheshnag, the king of serpents holding up the three worlds on his flaring hood, to the story of the Pandavas, tales of the Shiv Puran and various other deities, they all beautifully play out on the natural tapestry of rock formations on the walls of the cave. None of it appears to be manmade, yet, all of it makes perfect sense. In fact, it all seems extremely plausible when narrated by a well – informed guide. We’d set out on discovering Pithoragarh and ended up on touring a microcosm of the universe as stated in Hindu philosophy!

Legend has it that originally the cave had four entrances. With the passage of the Yugas, two doors have been shut. The ‘Paapdwar’ was shut first with Ravana’s death. The ‘Randwar’ was shut next at the end of the Mahabharata war. This left just the ‘Dharmdwar’ and ‘Mokshdwar’ open to humanity now.

Deep inside the cave is a passage which reduces in size till you can go no further. Or actually, wouldn’t dare go any further! Apparently, this is a subterranean passage connecting to the Kailash Parbat. The Pandavas took this route to get to Lord Shivas abode, and ascend to heaven from thereon. Or descend to hell, basis their karma.

There is a similar passage which descends down to hell, according it the nomenclature of ‘Patal Bhuvaneshwar’. This passage too is not accessible now, which isn’t a bad thing. I’m sure none of us would like to read inscriptions of “Bunty loves Sweety” scratched on the walls when we’re descending down the passage at the end of our mortal lives!

The time to explore the cave and see all that it has to teach takes around 60 to 75 minutes, with one of the Bhandaris acting as a guide. Every one of those minutes is worth it. This is a priceless gem of Indian history, culture and heritage. You can’t miss it if you happen to be on a quest of discovering Pithoragarh. Strangely, the monument isn’t being marketed. Or perhaps I should say, thankfully it isn’t!
Escrita el 19 de febrero de 2021
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Sgangwar
Nueva Delhi, India31 aportes
Amazing
sep. de 2019
I think this is one of the best religious sites I have ever been to, amazingly connected to mythology and hats off to the mandir committee on managing it beautifully. The visit was so smooth and well organised.
Escrita el 7 de agosto de 2020
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Sanjib G
127 aportes
A view point for 180 degree Himalayas!
dic. de 2019 • Familia
1. A must stay place for viewing 180 degree Himalayas. The best time is Nov-Dec to view the snow claden mountains.
2. Both sunrise and sunset are not to be missed- wonderful colouration.
3. Probably the mountain views are better as compared to Binsar and the KMVN is much cheaper. The facilities are moderate and only veg foods are provided.
4. The minimum temperature is close to 0 degree during the winters but there are no room heaters and this is a problem.
5. The Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave is bit difficult for elderly people but there will be a guide cum priest, who will help you out.
6. I strongly feel that people should spend one night at least on their way to Chaukori or Munsiari.
7. The place is about 10 km from Gangolihat and around 90 Km from Lohaghat and the KMVN lodge is within the cave complex but it is not drive inn. One has to climb down about 20-25 steps in order to reach the TRH. Also, it is around 35 Km from Chaukori.
Escrita el 1 de enero de 2020
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Nita J
Ahmedabad, India188 aportes
Must visit religious place
nov. de 2019 • Familia
From Binsar to chaukori on the way we visited this very ancient religious place. No words to describe it. Thank God we get this chance. From outside you can’t understand importance. It looks difficult in starting when you enter the cave but if you have faith you can do it. It was thrilling feeling. To visit such an ancient cave.
Escrita el 2 de diciembre de 2019
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debanjanc2016
Hooghly, India22 aportes
Only for information
oct. de 2019
Ticket price: Rs. 20 per head (adult) and Rs. 10 per head (child) + Rs. 100 for each family or group for guide charge
Entry space is small. One is to go down 82 steps to reach patal. Some steps are uneven and long. Two chains are placed both sides of the narrow space. Left side chain is spread upto 25 steps. Oxygen deficiency in this portion is very low. Guide does not help you in this portion. He meets you at patal. Oxygen cylinder is placed there.
Escrita el 9 de noviembre de 2019
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GIRISH Bora
Nueva Delhi, India412 aportes
Ultimate beyond imagination place ..The Patal Bhuvneshwar
oct. de 2019 • Amigos
Must visit place once in life time ..situated in Pithorgarh Uttrakhand , 14 kms from Gangolihat .

Unbeliable ,mesmerising natural structure of 33 koti God and Goddesses , Sheshnag , takshak , Ganga ....inside the cave that is 160 M long and 99 ft deep . It has series of caves connecting it .

"He who wants to feel the presence of eternal power should come to the sacred Bhuvneshwar situated near the confluence of Ramganga, Sarayu and Gupt-Ganga." -Manaskhanda, Skandapuran, whose 800 verses refer to Patal Bhuvaneshwar
Escrita el 5 de noviembre de 2019
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imvipink
Hyderabad, India120 aportes
Must must visit [worth every bit of it]
jun. de 2019 • Pareja
Legend and folklore have it that this cave enshrines Lord Shiva and thirty three koti demigods.The cave is 160 m long and 90 feet deep from the point of entrance. Limestone rock formations have created various spectacular stalactite and stalagmite figures of various hues and forms. Someone who wants to feel the presence of eternal power should come here for sure.
Its a bit off-route but i'm sure you'll love your decision to go there.
Escrita el 6 de julio de 2019
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AnkurModi26
Kolkata (Calcuta), India130 aportes
another wonder of the world
jun. de 2019 • Familia
A must visit, bit far from any of the destination you halt at, but worth a visit, try not missing this attraction
Its a small gate through which you enter and then a bit of small passage you need to pas amidst the rocks crawling and sliding.
Once you reach below its a wide open space and you wont believe this is possible.
Its damn cool below like a natural air conditioner.
the guide will then take you around and the road keeps on going and going.
the stones, caves etc have taken such an amazing shapes all via natural process, its mesmerizing.
The guide will relate all of them to the Hindu Mythology and show its resemblances.
The area is a bit swampy as you keep going inside and people keep doing things they are asked not to and destroying the place around by touching these stones.
Its leads to various caves also internally, though not all of em are accessed during your visit.
Atleast 200 people can easily go down all together and roam around the caves.
Escrita el 5 de julio de 2019
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jmajumdar
Kolkata (Calcuta), India102 aportes
Out of this world
may. de 2019 • Amigos
It was an amazing experience. Something out of this world. A cave about 30 meters deep with a narrow opening. But once you get down you are introduced to a world of Hindu mythology by the accompanying guide. The experience in itself is awesome. A once in a life time experience and a must visit for everyone who believes in Hindu mythology.
Escrita el 29 de mayo de 2019
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kamal c
Ulhasnagar, India51 aportes
Heaven down under
may. de 2019 • Pareja
A thrilling experience in an approx. 90 feet deep cave set up by Adi shankaracharya in 8 AD probably with a shivling covered with a brass plate. Depiction of the whole world on the walls and other structures.. ? Naturally formed. Sheshnag ribcage on the floor leading to the shivling. A guide enlightening on the details. More would spoil the show. Pack your bags and get going. Away from the maddening crowds to the world which is out of this world. A good restaurant though a basic one at the entrance to take care of your long journey hunger pangs. Order before going down.
Escrita el 15 de mayo de 2019
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