One of the oldest temples in the city, dating back to the 7th-8th century BC, the Pataleshwar Temple is a must-visit site. The Pataleshwar Cave, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the main attraction and looks a lot like the noted Ellora Caves. This temple has a separate shrine for Nandi (bull god), who is Lord Shiva’s vaahan (or vehicle). According to local lore, this temple has been carved out of a single rock during the Rashtrakuta dynasty (6th to 10th centuries). There is ample seating so visitors can meditate in peace. Another must-see here is a tiny grain of rice, which has 5,000 words inscribed on it, kept perfectly preserved in a museum within the caves. It has also been featured in the Guinness World Records.

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