Pataleshwar Cave Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva (also called Lord Pataleshwar). The temple, although left incomplete, is still an architectural beauty. And it’s visited by tourists as well as devotees of Lord Shiva.
The temple was built in the 8th century. And as you enter it, you’ll notice the enormous and finely crafted pillars of the temple. It has three sanctums, the central one of which is of Lord Shiva. The Shivalinga is installed here. A statue of Lord Shiva’s carrier Nandi bull is right in front of the sanctum.
Pataleshwar Temple also has other cave-like structures. These have statues of Hindu deities like Lord Ram, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha and others. A Nandi Mandapa, with a statue of Nandi bull, is also built in the centre of the temple courtyard.
Another attraction of the temple is a tiny grain of rice, with 5000 letters inscribed on it.
The entire temple complex is surrounded by gardens and has a calm atmosphere. And it has arrangements for tourists to sit, relax and marvel at its grandeur.