The Pataleshwar Cave Temple is in the heart of the Pune city on the Jangli Maharaj Road. It is hidden by the more popular temple of Jangli Maharaj.
It is a beautiful rock-cut cave temple, dating 8th century in the Rashtrakuta kings' period.
It was probably originally situated outside the town, but the urban expansion has eaten up the surrounding hills and even from a very close point, you cannot anticipate a cave temple of this kind! The temple, is dedicated to Shiva. The sanctum has a Shivlinga(covered with Braas !) There are two smaller rooms on each side, one is a lakshmi tremple.
In front of the cave is a circular building housing a big Nandi Bull in addition to Nandi Bull inside the cave.
There seems to holes in some of the walls & may some sculptures have been pilfered away.
There ia a pathy of local tourism to this antiquity.there is no sign Board and u have to tell the cab driver to takeyou to Jangli Maharaj Temple and from there you should ask for directions.
Archeological survey has done its job like many other places by just putting a Board. at the entrance from the main rpoad you can see some carved pillars lying around that make you feel that this place has more to tell.
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