On August 30th I went to Gangolihat, a place in Pitthoragarh Dist. of Uttrakhand state in India. On the next day I had a visit to Patal Bhuvaneshwar. As the name suggests, this is an underground abode of God. Here, we have beautiful cave of Patal Bhuvaneshwar, which has a vertical 120-meter tunnel like path to go inside. The temple is amidst a thick forest of oak and deodar.
This cave is a repository of various episodes of Hindu mythology. One has to bend and crawl, holding on to the supportive chains on the wall, to get inside the cave. In comparison to the narrow entrance, the inside of the cave is wide. On reaching down into the cave one can see a bid idol of Seshnag, holding the earth on his hood. It feels like, this cave takes you inside the Seshnag. There’s a Havan Kund in front of Seshnag’s Idol. From thereon it’s the spine of Seshnag that takes one to the point where water trickles from an eight-petal lotus (Ashtadalkamal)on the body of Ardh-Ganesha. When Lord Shiva had beheaded his son Ganesha not knowing that Ganesha was his son. On mother Parvati’s plea lord Shiva restored life into Ganesha’s beheaded body using trickling water on Ganesha’s body with the help of an eight-petal lotus.