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Jata Shankar, Pachmarhi

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Tucked away in a deep ravine, Jata Shankar is a popular pilgrimage spot dedicated to Shiva. It features a group of stalagmites worshiped by Hindu believers as natural lingams. The name of the shrine translates to “the hair of Shiva,” since Shankar is another name of the god and jata means hair. Legend has it that the god lost his hair while running from a devotee who tried to turn him to ashes--with the power granted to him by none else but Shiva himself. See the dripstone formations that symbolize the hair and a divine snake with hundred heads. The cave also houses manmade idols and two small ponds. To visit Jata Shankar and other attractions in Pachmarhi, use our Pachmarhi itinerary builder.
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  • It's an awesome place not only for shiva temple but also of the marvelous cave and rock formations. Awesome place to visit. 
  • people throw rubbish everywhere, eatables purchased from the little shops that have come up along the path. the overall feel of the place is seriously marred by the presence of these shops in large nu...  more »
  • This is one among the three most famous temples of Lord Shiva, lying in natural surroundings in Pachmarhi which is between two cliffs and one has to travel about 200 steps downwards with care in order...  more »
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  • Jatashankar (also Jata Shankar) is natural cave, a Hindu shrine located north of Pachmarhi, in Hoshangabad district, Madhya Pradesh, India. Cave is located in deep ravine, with enormous boulders perched above. Cave contains stalagmites revered as naturally formed lingams. Cave serves as a shrine to the God Shiva and is popular destination for pilgrims. Jata means hair and Shankar is another name of Lord Shiva. There are two different types of little pond, fed by springs, found in the locality, one of cold water and the other one of hot water...
  • It is a most beautiful tample in chhatarpur madhay pradesh
  • Jata Shankar is one of my favorite place in Pachmadi.. this is a beautiful Natural place and great Tourism Attraction.. place of worship
  • Superb place to feel the presence of god
  • Tranquil and beautifully nested amidst Satpura Ranges