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About Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple

A beautiful limestone cave temple, the Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and 33 other deities. This ancient temple is one of the most unique and interesting Hindu temples in India and is located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and attracts thousands of pilgrims each year.

According to Hindu Mythology, the king of the Sun Dynasty Rituparna founded the cave during the Treta Yuga. Later in the Kali Yuga in 1191 AD, it was visited by the Adi Shankaracharya and brought history into the world. Since the visit of Adi Shankaracharya, the place is now regularly worshipped and devotees from all over the country come here to offer their prayers to the deity.

Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple History

The first human ever to find this cave was the King of the Sun Dynasty, Raja Rituparna who visited here during the Treta Yuga. While Rituparna was in the forests of the Himalayas, he was attracted by a deer which ran deep inside the woods. The King tried finding him but was unable to and fell asleep. He had a dream of deer asking not to chase him. He woke up and went to the cave where a guard was standing. The guard allowed him entrance and the moment he entered inside he met Sheshnag who further took him inside the cave. Sheshnag carried Riuparna on its hood and he was surprised by the marvels of 33 deities including Lord Shiva. After the King’s visit, the cave was closed for ages and reopened in Kali Yuga which was founded by Adi Shankaracharya. 

Today, it is worshipped as a Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple and is believed to be as old as the Earth. It is also said that it has a hidden route to Mount Kailash and Pandavas with their wife Draupadi meditated here in front of Shiva before heading to the Himalayas. It has been said that every Hindu God can be found here and offering prayers here is equal to the Char Dham Yatra.

Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple Architecture

The architecture of Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple is quite unique. The temple is located in a naturally formed cave and is said to be connected to the netherworld, Patal Lok and the gateway to Lord Shiva’s abode. The temple walls are adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures of various Hindu deities. The main shrine of the temple is made of stone and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 

The walls of the temple are adorned with intricately carved images of the Hindu gods and goddesses. Inside the temple, one can find several other shrines dedicated to different deities, such as Lord Vishnu and Goddess Durga. The temple is surrounded by several small caves, which are believed to be the dwelling places of the Naga people. The caves are said to be the source of the eternal flame that was kept burning at the entrance of the temple.

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Best Time To Visit 

The best time to visit Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple is during the months of April to June. During this time, the climate is pleasant and the temple is decorated with colourful flowers and lights. It is also an ideal time to witness the grand aarti performed in the evening.

Places To Visit Near Bhuvaneshwar Temple

In the past few years, the Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple has become an interesting area for devotees and tourists around the country. The history and stories astonish every visitor and give an overwhelming feeling of emotions. There are a few places that one must not miss on their visit to Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple.

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  • Gangolihat: Around 13 km away from the Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple, Gangolihat is a little Himalayan hill station where Adi Shankaracharya gave self-punishment to impress Adi Shakti. 
  • Chaukori Hill Station: Just 36.9 km away from the temple, Chaukori Hill station is blessed with some beautiful landscapes straight from the wonderland and is surrounded by Lofty Peaks. 
  • Kotmanya: A little hamlet that is known for its beautiful weather, usually cool and beautiful cottages to stay in. Kotmanya is 25 km distant from the Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple and is known for its serene beauty.

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