Patal Bhuvaneshwar, situated 13kms from Gangolighat in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state, is a mystical cave is 160m long and 90 feet deep where limestone rock formations have created various impressive and awe inspiring stalagmite figures. It is also believed that worship at Patal Bhuvaneshwar is equivalent to worshipping at Char Dham of Uttarakhand. It is believed that the cave is the abode of 33 crore Gods and Goddesses.
This mysterious and spiritual place of Uttarakhand is situated at an altitude of 1350 mts above sea level. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a limestone cave and the way to the Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave goes through a long and narrow tunnel. Besides Lord Shiva, his varied forms of Sheshnag, Kal Bhiarav, Ganesha and several other gods are deeply revered in Patal Bhuvaneshwar.
Almost every god that you would have heard of resides in this mystifying cave. One can see the gateway of the great ages in Patal Bhuvaneshwar. The cave comprised of four entrances which are namely, 'Randwar', 'Paapdwar', 'Dharamdwar' and 'Mokshadwar'. The Paapdwar was closed soon after the death of Ravana and the Randwar, literally, the road to war, was closed down after the great Mahabharata war. At present there are only two gateways that are opened.