Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave Temple

Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave Temple

Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave Temple
4.5
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Prema_C
Mumbai, India867 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
We visited this cave temple from chaukori on way to bhimtal during our Uttarakhand trip. The entry to the 90 feet underground cave is via a narrow opening where one has to hold chain on both sides and slide down. The journey takes nearly 8-10 minutes as there is only one entry and exit. Though we were told number of persons will be limited it is not so. The walk is without slipper as it is a holy cave and it is very slippery in places due to water seeping in. What we see underground is no less than a miraculous sight. Only wish it was better managed. There were oxygen cylinder placed down but I doubt it was functional. The climb back up was even more tedious and god forbid if somebody falls ill no help is possible.
Written 9 October 2023
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Gus
Kanpur, India82 contributions
Jun 2023
This is one place which should not be missed. Its an ancient cave of great mythological importance and is dedicated mainly to Lord Shiva.

There is an entry ticket to the cave whicch includes a guided tour which has 20-25 people in it. Entry into the cave is via a 90 feet long steep tunnel which has no stairs. One has to Slide down slowly by holding chains on either side of the pathway. Some may experience claustrophobia as the opening is quite narrow while entering but once you get over it and reach the underground cave, its worth it.

The guide will then take you for a tour of the huge cave while narrating the different mythological stories associated with different parts of the cave.
Although mythology is important for keeping people interested, the cave in itself is a marvel of nature. You will notice that the way the rocks have been cut usually happens when there is flowing water which indicates that there might have been a strong water flow inside the cave which has resulted in this natural formation. The cave has many stalagmite and Stalactites which have been formed due to the seeping water from the ceiling.
There are a lot more things which can not be adequately put in words and one has to visit the cave to experience this marvel of nature.

Kids below 5 years are not allowed and should not be taken along. Also, no cellphones, cameras, bags etc are allowed inside so leave them in your car or you will need to deposit them at the counter. Wear appropriate clothes as Temple committee might object.
Written 4 July 2023
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RoadTripper Abhishek
Mumbai, India138 contributions
Dec 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!
Written 19 February 2021
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Sgangwar
New Delhi, India32 contributions
Sept 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.
Written 7 August 2020
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Sanjib G
132 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
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.
Written 1 January 2020
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Nita J
Ahmedabad, India191 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
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.
Written 2 December 2019
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debanjanc2016
Hooghly, India22 contributions
Oct 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.
Written 9 November 2019
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GIRISH Bora
New Delhi, India412 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
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
Written 5 November 2019
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imvipin
Mumbai, India120 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
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.
Written 6 July 2019
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AnkurModi26
Kolkata (Calcutta), India130 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
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.
Written 5 July 2019
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