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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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  • For those who have faith ad rituals a must but they should be fit ad young 2321 stairs unfortunately some of them two high more than 2 feet ad rallying to support broken at few places shabby maintaine...  more »
  • It's a temple on caves, so you need to descend and see the current worshippers. It's totally worth. Nature and religion together. 
  • This is an amazing place where you can see mythology unfold before you. The caves and the natural formations are mind blowing. A surreal place .... where the level of your experience would depend on y...  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