Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave- A Journey To the Shiva Cave

This is an ancient limestone cave, located 14 km from Gangolihat. It’s hidden deep in the village of Bhuvneshwar and was carved from a hill of limestone during the Mahabharata period. The glory of this cave has been sung in ancient scriptures and is even mentioned as one that no man may open or seal up.

A trip to Uttarakhand can be idyllic. There are different ways to enjoy this part of the world – either a local hike with spectacular views of the Himalayas or visiting a famous temple, both providing very different experiences and yet equally enjoyable. If you’re after something even more unusual though, then try visiting the Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave if you dare!

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Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave Temple

This wondrous cave is about 160 ft long and 90 ft deep. The beauty in the caves lies in the journey. Walking through the cave is like putting on the explorer’s cap and heading out for an adventure.

Along the way, you will find several beautifully shaped stalactite and stalagmite figures, that occur in all kinds of shapes and colors.

These lovely structures give the cave so much more definition and allure, that tourists spend hours admiring these limestone formations.

These sculptures were made by a volcano eruption, and are easy to figure out. . You can easily decipher the sculpture of a cow, peacock, and even a snake.mThere was also a little model of Amarnath, which not only looked divine but was also, easily discernible.

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Sculptures inside Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave
Sculptures inside Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave

What do You see?

Once you go into the cave you will be perplexed by the number of tunnel-like openings that lead to different caves.

It is like a labyrinth, and your inner child brimming with curiosity will take birth again. The cave has been developed in such a way that it is known as fully illuminated and there is electricity flowing inside it.

A legend suggests that the Pandavas stayed here for some time while they were in exile. This cave was built due to the flow of water, thus it is said to be a naturally occurring cave.

The water cut the rocks in such a way that brilliantly sculpted statues came up and are now adorned inside the caves.

Many believe that nature has a strong effect on the caves that it has time and again altered it in its way. It is said that many smaller openings inside the caves were once open, but are now closed due to the crystallization of the minerals.

The cave is still waiting to be fully explored and has a lot to offer.

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Patal Bhuvneshvar. Shiva Linga
Patal Bhuvneshvar. Shiva Linga

Shivalinga -Patal Bhuvaneshwar  Cave Uttarakhand

The main attraction of the cave, which is also called the Patal Bhuvaneshwar, is a sight to behold.

The idol radiates such powerful energy, that you will be able to pick up on it the moment you are there. There is some kind of energy and vibration that flow through the room.

Many believe that it is so powerful that you will get what you want once you worship it with full devotion. If you look above the Shivalinga, you will find three idols of Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu.

There are so many more fascinating things to note here like- you will find water dripping constantly on the idols of Shiva and Vishnu, yet the idol of Brahma is completely dry, or there is a big round plate with a nail in the center.

According to legend, this pointed nail symbolizes our Yug or our era, and once this touches the roof, the entries to this cave will be closed and our era or Yug will come to an end.

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Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave-Uttarakhand
Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave-Uttarakhand

Safety Measures 

The way to enter this cave itself is nothing short of magic. There is a small opening and it is almost pitch dark.

The opening then twists into a pathway from which one has to go down about 90 ft. The path itself is tricky and one has to almost let oneself go as you find yourself traversing some steep ground.

If you have a guide, then follow his or her instructions properly, and let him or her lead the way. Once you have successfully traversed this fascinating and adrenaline-rushing path, you will reach the main area of the cave.

Be ready to be amazed as the scene slowly unfolds in front of you. The cave opens up into a huge area completed with beautifully carved sculptures, supposedly made from molten rocks, iron, copper, and zinc.

How to reach?

By Air – The closest airport is Naini Saini at Pithoragarh (91 km).

By Rail –The nearest railway station is Kathgodam (192 km).

By Road – Patal Bhuvaneshwar is well connected to neighboring towns such as Almora, Binsar, Jageshwar, Kausani, and Ranikhet. Since it isn’t located at the center of these towns, those looking for directions from Chaukori would do best to consult a map or GPS instead. The road from there to Patal Bhuvaneshwar is safe for travel as well. The route from Chaukori (37 km), however, is very good.

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Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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