Pataleshwar Caves
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8th century Caves in Pune
Pune's Pataleshwar Caves date to the 8th century, when they were cut out of rock and dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva. They are protected by the government as historically and culturally important monuments. Shiva's victory over demons is celebrated during Tripuri Pournima, the full moon day of the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar. On this occasion, thousands of oil lamps are lit, turning the temple—which is always open for free to the public—into a particularly impressive sight.
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