Patal Bhuvneshwar: There is such a place on earth where the whole creation is seen at one place. From the creation of the universe to when and how the Kali Yuga will end, its full description is here. This is the only place where all the four Dhams can be seen together. The stream of Ganga flowing continuously from Shiva’s hair is seen here, and the vision of Amritkund is also seen here. If you will also see Airavat elephant here, then the path to heaven also starts from here.
Inanimate figures look like living
If you have heard or read then you must have also said that Sheshnag has lifted this earth on its hood, but where is that Sheshnag? In response to this, the answer of the sea is heard. But here you also get the vision of Sheshnag and here Sheshnag is seen holding the earth on its hood. All this sounds like a story, but if you have even a little faith in religion, then after reaching this place, you cannot stop yourself from believing in these things even if you want to. The figures mentioned above at this place may be lifeless but in reality they look so alive that you cannot ignore them even if you want to.
Patal Bhubaneshwar is in Pithoragarh district
Actually, we are talking about Patal Bhubaneshwar located in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India’s northern state. I also got a chance to visit Patal Bhubaneshwar. From Haldwani, we reached Rai Agar via Almora, Dhaulchina and Seraghat. From Rai Agar one road leads to Berinag while the other to Gangolihat. About 6 km before reaching Gangolihat, a road leads to Patal Bhubaneshwar. In the path of Patal Bhubaneshwar, there is a beautiful view of the high peaks of the Himalayas spreading golden glow.
ancient and mysterious cave
Patal Bhubaneshwar is actually an ancient and mysterious cave which contains a mysterious world in itself. Cameras and mobiles are not allowed inside the cave. This cave is about 90 feet inside the giant hill. To get down to the cave below 90 feet, one has to descend on the slope through the narrow zigzag path between the rocks. On seeing it, it seems impossible to get into the cave, but on landing in the cave, the body itself makes a place for itself in the narrow path of the cave. After descending about 90 feet, you will reach a flat place.
Patal Bhuvneshwar, Sheshnag
Sheshnag holding the earth on his hood
There is a different feeling when you reach the cave. As if we have reached some imaginary world. The truth about the mysterious figures in the cave is astonishing. On entering the cave, first of all, a huge figure of Sheshnag appears on the left side of the cave, on top of which is a huge semi-circular rock, about which it is said that Sheshnag has held the earth on his hood at this place. The place where we were walking while moving into the cave is said to be the body of Sheshnag, whose shape is like a snake.
drops of nectar falling from Brahma Kamal
On moving forward, Adi Ganesh is seen, on which drops of nectar are seen falling from the lotus of Brahma. It is here that Kedarnath, Badrinath and Amarnath Dham are seen, while Kalbhairav is also seated here. After some progress, there is a vision of Patal Chandika and the four gates- Pap gate, Ran gate, Dharma gate and Moksha gate are also visible here. It is said that with the end of Ravana in Treta Yuga, the door of sin was closed, whereas after the war of Mahabharata, the door of battle was also closed. The path through Dharma and Moksha appears to be passing from here. On moving forward, the Parijat tree emerging from the churning of the ocean is seen, then the fifth head of Brahma ji is also seen here. Along with the huge hairs of Shiva coming down from the top of the cave, 33 crore gods and goddesses are also seen at this place. The wonderful view of the Ganges flowing through the hair of Shiva captivates the mind.
On the right side of the cave, right in front of it are the Brahmakapal and the Saptajalkunda, next to which is the figure of a swan with a crooked neck. It is described in the Manas Khand that the swan was given the task of guarding the nectar present in the pool but was greedy. Coming in, the swan himself tried to drink the nectar, due to which the swan’s neck became crooked forever due to the curse of Shiva.
Simultaneous Darshan of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh
After four steps forward in the cave, Patal Bhuvaneshwar – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh are seen together. The Pandavas are seen on climbing a little on the right side of the cave. The road to Rameshwaram cave and the way to Sabarivan Dwarka is visible from near it. Along with this, the path of Kashi and Kailash is also visible in the cave at some distance. Moving to the right, when we proceed into the cave, we see at one place the lingams of the four ages – Kaliyuga, Satyuga, Dwapara and Treta Yuga and the wheel of time is visible on them. The linga of Kaliyuga is the largest among the four lingas. It is said that on the day when the linga of Kaliyuga touches the time wheel set just above it, catastrophe will come and Kaliyuga will come to an end. It is also said that the penis of Kaliyuga grows to the size of a mole in thousands of years.
Patal Bhuvneshwar, Eravat
One thousand feet of Airavat elephant
On our way back, when we reach the beginning of the cave, we see a thousand feet of the Airavata elephant hanging from the ceiling of the cave on the left side of the cave. Along with this, Manokamna Kamandal is also established here and it is believed that every wish sought with a sincere heart is definitely fulfilled by touching the Manokamna Kamandal.
Description of Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave in Skanda Purana
Altogether, the 160 meters long Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave is a place where not only 33 crore deities reside in one place, but with the darshan of this cave, the four dhams – Jagannath Puri, Rameshwaram, Dwarki Puri and Badrinath Dham would have been completed. Huh. The detailed description of Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave is found in Chapter 103 of Manas Khand of Skanda Purana. Patal Bhubaneshwar itself boasts of a divine world. If you have any faith in religion, then you too must visit Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave once in your life.
The author of this blog is Deepak Tiwari working in India TV. This article contains his personal views.
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