Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a tiny village in the Pithoragarh district set
among the lofty peaks, of the western Himalayan Range in the Kumaon Division
of Uttarakhand, India.
Patal Bhuvaneshwar, one of the most fascinating places of the Kumaon region,
is a limestone cave temple 14 km from Gangolihat in the Pithoragarh
district of Uttarakhand state in India. Patal Bhuvaneshwar is located
in the village Bhubneshwar.
Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave temple is at a height of 1350 meters above
It is said that the darshan
at Patal Bhuvaneshwar yields a thousand times the fruit of tapasya at
Kashi, Baidyanath or Kedarnath. In the Skanda Purana, Manas Kanda, Chapter
103, there is a description of the blessings to be attained in visiting
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. This cave has a narrow
tunnel-like opening which leads to a number of caves. The cave is fully
electrically illuminated. There is a folklore that the Pandava brothers
passed their time here during banishment. It is built due to the flow
of water. It cut the rocks in such a fascinating way that it looks like
that any artist had made those entire statues within the cave & on its
wall. It has some cave opening and it is believed that these opening will
be close as the centuries pass on. The scientific fact is it still being
developed due to crystallization of the minerals which are dissolved in
Patal Bhuvaneshwar is not just one cave, rather a cave city. There
is a 1 km long cave in Patal Bhuvneshwar. This is 90 feet below
the ground level. Caves within caves, steps leading to another, each one
unmasking deep secrets from within. The motorable road ends half a kilometer
away from the cave entrance. You have to descends nearly 100 steps into
this narrow cave, to reach the sanctum sanctorum, which gives an overwhelming
feeling that you’re entering the centre of the earth. Each stone, each
stalagmite within each cave or doorway, in magnificent erection revels
the story of Hindu pantheon in the shapes of Gods, Goddesses, saints and
known mythological characters.
of Patal Bhuvaneshwar :-
In the heart of the village of Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a temple, dating
back to the Twelth Century A.D, built by the rulers of Chand and
of Patal Bhuvaneshwar :-
Legend and folklore have it that this underground cave enshrines Lord
Shiva and thirty three crore (330 million) Gods. According to belief
King Rituparna of the Sun dynasty (Surya Vansha) discovered the cave in
‘Treta yug’. It has been described in the ‘MANAS KHAND’ of ‘SKAND PURAN’.
As per believe, some doors which are now closed were opened thousand of
years back. It is yet not been fully explored. It is also believed that
this cave is internally connected to the four abodes / seats (Char
Adi Shankaracharya visited this cave in 1191 AD. That was the beginning
of the modern pilgrimage history, at Patal Bhuvaneshwar. The journey inside
the cave has to be carried in feeble lights, holding protective iron chains.
The Stone formations of Sheshnag can be seen, holding earth, heaven the
world beneath. ‘Havan’ (fire sacrifice) is performed in a dimly lit, solemn
atmosphere, under the spell of holy chants. You’ll also be impressed by
the huge stalactites, called “jatas” of Lord Shiva, located at different
location inside the cave.
This is where Shiva rested when he chose to visit these parts form the
celestial heights of His abode in Kailash.The cave, it is believed, is
connected by an underground route to Mount Kailash. it’s believed that
Pandavas, the ‘Mahabharat’ heroes proceeded towards their last journey
in the Himalayas after meditating here, in front of Lord Shiva.
The priest family, the Bhandaris are performing religious rites at Patal
Bhuvaneshwar since the time of the Adi Shankaracharya. More than 20 generations
in the line. They are a treasure house of legends, lores, anecdotes and
information about this holy place.
to visit in Patal Bhuvaneshwar - Visiting Places in Patal Bhuvaneshwar
- Sight Seeing
Patal Bhuvaneshwar having a wonderful climate and a beautiful
Patal Bhuvaneshwar thick Forests of oak and deodar & rhododendron
are interspersed with cornfields and orchards. Patal Bhuvaneshwar also
offers a magnificent view of the Panchchuli peaks and has few rivals for
spectacular Himalayan sunrises and sunsets.
Near Patal Bhuvaneshwar :-
35 km away, is an important religious centre with the Haat - Kalika Temple,
the temple was chosen by Sankaracharya for installation of Mahakali Shaktipeeth.
It is believed that the Original Goddes Kalika Mata, which supposed to
be in West Bengal, shifted her place form Bengal to Gangolihat.. Also
in the general area are the following temples :-
* Mahakali Temple of Gangolihat
* Patal Bhuvaneshwar
* Mostamanu temple
* Nagmandir of Berinag
* Ghunsera Devi Temple
* Kedar temple
* Nakuleshwar Temple
* Kamaksha Temple
* Kapileshwar Mahadev cave temple
* Ulkadevi Temple
* Jayanti Temple Dhwaj
* Arjuneshwar Shiva temple
* Kot Gari Devi EXCURSIONS
IN Patal Bhuvaneshwar - Near By Placesof Patal Bhuvaneshwar
:- An important religious center housing the famous Hat-Kalika temple,
which is a popular venue for local fairs.
:- Offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas and the tea gardens here,
yield high quality tea.
:- Situated 9 km from Patal Bhuvaneshwar, this is where Sarla Behn, the
disciple of Gandhiji, spent her last days. One can enjoy a spectacular
view of the Himalayan peaks from her abode called as Himdarshan Kutir.
time to Visit Patal Bhuvaneshwar :-
Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a picturesque destination affording enchanting views
throughout the year. The best time to visit Patal Bhuvaneshwar is from
April to June and from Mid September to October end.
Summers in Patal Bhuvaneshwar :- The weather of Patal Bhuvaneshwar
remains salubrious during summers and you can see unobstructed views of
the Himalayas. Patal Bhuvaneshwar remains pleasant during summers and
light woollens are required. It is probably the best time to visit Patal
To Patal Bhuvaneshwar :-
To ReachPatal Bhuvaneshwar
The motorable road ends half a kilometer away from the cave entrance.
You have to descend nearly 100 steps into this narrow cave, to reach the
sanctum sanctorum, which gives an overwhelming feeling that you are entering
into the center of the earth.
The nearest airport is Naini Saini at Pithoragarh (91 kms). No regular
flights are available at present
The nearest Railhead is Kathgodam, 192 kms. with train connections
from Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Dehradun and Mathura.
Patal Bhuvaneshwar is connected through metalled hill roads to tourist
destination like Almora, Binsar, Jageshwar, Kausani, Ranikhet, Nainital
with all the major towns in the area.
Patal Bhuvaneshwar is situated about 37 km from Chaukori and 14
km from Gangolihat in Pithorgarh district in Uttaranchal.
Kathgodam – Almora – Patal Bhuvaneshwar by car 192 kms time duration
is around 6-7 hours.
Patal Bhuvaneshwar – Jageshwar - Kathgodam by car 200 kms 7-8
from Patal Bhuvaneshwar
Note :- Photography is totally prohibited inside Patal Bhuvaneshwar
in ANY form.
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