Enshrined in mystery and mythology, Patal Bhubaneshwar is the hidden pilgrimage centre near Gangolighat, the famous Shaktipeeth. Located 91 kms from Pithoragarh on the way to Berinag, at an elevation of 1350 m, this highly revered shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The sub-terranean shrine of Lord Shiva is situated with sprawling interiors. Limestone rock formations have created various spectacular stalactite and stalagmite figures. The way to the cave temple is through a long narrow tunnel. Inside the cave, the limestone formations have taken shape of many Gods and Goddesses of Hindu pantheon. The forms of Ganesha, Shesh Nag, Garur, Shivling etc. are distinctively visible to the believers. It is popularly believed that the holiest cave is the abode to 33 crore Gods and Goddesses, amidst the absolute Himalayan isolation.
Height: 1350 m
Climate: The summer is mild and light cottons and light woolens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Patal Bhubaneshwar
Rail: Nearest railway station is Tanakpur, 182 kms away. Kathgodam is at a distance of 210 kms.
Air: Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport.
Tourist Attractions in Patal Bhubaneshwar
Patal Bhubaneswar is not just one cave; rather it’s a cave city. 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 descend nearly 100 steps into this narrow cave to reach the sanctum sanctorum, which gives an overwhelming feeling that you are entering the centre of the earth. Each stone, each stalagmite within the caves, in magnificent erection, revels the story of Hindu pantheon in the shapes of Gods, Goddesses, saints and known mythological characters. According to belief, King Rituparna of the Sun dynasty discovered the cave in ‘Treta Yug’. It has been described int eh ‘Manas Khand’ of ‘Skand Puran’. Adi Sankaracharya visited this cave in 1191 AD. That was the beginning of the modern pilgrimage history at Patal Bhubaneshwar. It is also believed that the Pandavas – the heroes of the Hindu epic ‘the Mahabharata’ proceeded towards their last journey in the Himalayas after meditating here. The journey inside the cave has to be carried in feeble lights, holding protective iron chains.
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Berinag: 27 kms from Patal Bhubaneshwar, this place offer breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks Nanda Devi and Panchchuli.
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