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Pataleshwar Cave Temple

Location: Jangali Maharaj Road, Shivaji Nagar
Dedicated To: Lord Pataleshwar, God of the Underworld
Main Attractions: Rock-cut architecture

Pataleshwar Cave Temple, PunePataleshwar Cave Temple, dedicated to Lord Pataleshwar - God of the Underworld, dates back to the eighth century. It is situated on the Jangali Maharaj Road in Shivaji Nagar. One of the major attractions of the Pataleshwar Cave Temple of Pune is its exquisite rock-cut architecture. The cave temple was modeled on the rock temple of Elephanta. However, the construction of the temple never got fully completed and the resemblance remained partial only. There is a cave in the vicinity of the temple, the reason for the temple getting its name as the 'Pataleshwar Cave Temple'.

The cave temple also comprises of a shrine, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The rocks of the cave, cut into pillars, seating areas and akin rooms, are as old as 700-800 AD. The Shiva lingam is situated in a cube-shaped room, located in the middle of the Pataleshwar Temple of Puna, India. Adorned with ornate carvings, the temple also houses the idols of Lord Rama, Sita, Laxmana, Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi. The brass bell hanging outside the basalt entryway of the temple adds to its magnificence.