Pictured here is the Pataleshwar Cave temple located in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India, which has a long history dating back to the 8th century AD. The word Pataleshwar translates as ‘The God of the underworld/underground’ (Patal = underground, Eshwar = God). A linga, the symbol of Shiva, is housed in the sanctum, which is a cube-shaped room about 3 to 4 metres high.
The basalt construction is believed to have been chiselled out of a single rock. It surely is one of the most obscure of the heritage sites since very little seems to have been recorded about it. The Wikipedia page on Pataleshwar Caves has a few sentences and some photographs and the few blogs that I found do not throw any new light on its origins or history. Another intriguing feature is the presence of several unfinished sculptures on the walls and an unfinished portion of the temple itself. The popular belief that a fault line was found at the back of the sanctum sanctorum, which made additional sculpting unsafe. does not sound very convincing since many of the sculptures are located far from the sanctum.
On entering the cave premises, one also comes across a circular ‘mandapa’, an umbrella shaped canopy supported by twelve massive square shaped stone pillars. This houses a Nandi (Bull) idol mounted on a rectangular seat. I have posted a photo of the idol as a workshop.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) maintains the entire site and there are signs at regular intervals warning people from defacing or destroying the property. But very few people (none that I have met) must know the significance of the temple or what it is all about.
But what made my trip to the temple worthwhile was the absolute calm that prevailed and the feeling of being transported back in time to a different world.
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pajaran (47796) 2014-05-15 9:38
Interesantan tekst o hramu u pecini ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan enterijer.
Dobar rad, lepa unutrasnjost hrama.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc.
An interesting article about the temple in a cave ...
Good time recording and contrast, nice interior shown.
Good work, beautiful interior.
Have a nice evening and night.
All the best.
Cricri (100305) 2014-05-15 10:50
Il ressort une atmosphère de calme, de tranquillité, un peu mystérieuse par le peu de lumière, mais qui laisse malgré tout bien apprécier l'architecture, les détails, comme la cloche, l'ampoule comme le néon semble insolite ici :-), belle présentation en WS
Silvio1953 (115063) 2014-05-15 11:49
Ciao Satya, great view of fantastic temple, splendid clarity and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
holmertz (36429) 2014-05-15 13:14
A dark place, as would be expected underground, but the atmosphere is fabulous and despite the darkness you captured most details very clearly. The bell hanging from the roof is the ost eye-catching object. I can only compare this with the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, where there are some fascinatingly dark corners, even though being overground.
Fis2 (81501) 2014-05-15 13:38
bell adds to the charm of this composition.
Excellent light and sharpness.
Photo has climate.
photoray (9835) 2014-05-15 16:51
Mysterious scene with the basalt carved temple in the underground darkness. The historical worthiness is evident in your image, and stimulating to the eyes.
Thanks for sharing,
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-05-15 23:31
a beautiful photo of this place with splendid composition and attractive details,
Sergiom (53733) 2014-05-16 4:54
Une photo toute en finesse. Le noir et le gris sombre sont en honneur et laisse toute la place à cette belle cloche au centre.
ourania (25508) 2014-05-16 8:29
you have managed to illuminate this dark view very aptly so that to give us a good idea about the architecture, the textures and the depth, without losing the mystery and suggestiveness of the atmosphere. I like the sense of space and how we can see even inside the chamber in the background. The dark colours are very evocative too and the only thing that breaks the spell is the modern means of lighting. The workshop picture is very interesting too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Nicou (115244) 2014-05-17 7:01
quelle vue e timage quelk mystère dans cette iamge avec divers éléments qui ressortent de l'ensemble sueprbe vue.
Bravo et amitié