Patal Bhuvaneshwar- A Journey To the Shiva Cave
There is no dearth in India when it comes to fascinating and unique places that are waiting to be explored. From the mysterious Lonar Carter to the surreal supernatural temples, Uttarakhand has it all.
Patal Bhuvaneshwar is one such exciting and mystical place that truly makes India incredible. Located in the Kumaon Region, Patal Bhuvaneshwar is essentially a cave temple that is made up of pristine limestones. This underground cave has several folklores and legends attached to it that make it even more heavenly. The temple is primarily dedicated to Lord Shiva, along with 33 other core Gods from the Hindu Mythology.
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.
The Inside Patal Bhuvaneshwar
Once you go into the cave you will be perplexed with the number of the 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 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.
Safety measures to be considered before getting in
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.
These sculptures were made by a volcano eruption, and are easy to figure out. It is like nature wanted to convey something and thus, made sculptures out of it. You can easily decipher the sculpture of a cow, peacock and even a snake. There was also a little model of Amarnath, which not only looked divine but was also, easily discernible.
A lot of people also believe that these caves also connect to the Char Dham, and some secret pathways lead one to all the main areas in the Char Dham Yatra.
Shivalinga – Patal Bhuvaneshwar
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 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 thus touches the roof, the entries to this cave will be closed and our era or Yug will come to an end.
There is a lot more to discover in these alluring and stunning caves. Just walk around and try and discover more and more such hidden gems that symbolize something bigger. This cave can imprint in your heart and rest in your soul, as your journey here will be so memorable that it will be etched in your mind forever.