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Story of Akshaya Patra

Akshaya Patra is a divine bowl that was given to Panchali, the wife of Pandavas by Surya, the Sun God. During their exile period in the Mahabharata, Pandavas traveled across the country and wherever they camped, numerous saints and people used to visit them. The Pandavas found it difficult to provide food to the visitors. So Panchali prayed to Surya and He gave her the Akshaya Patra. The divine bowl would give food all day till Panchali takes her food. After the queen of the Pandavas had eaten, the bowl would not provide any food on the day.

Kauravas who never spared an opportunity to trouble Pandavas requested Sage Durvasa to visit the Pandavas. Sage Durvasa was known for his short temper and used to curse people if he was angry.
Kauravas made sure that Durvasa reached the camp of Pandavas after Panchali had eaten her food.
Pandavas were forced to invite Durvasa and his students for food. Akshaya Patra will not provide any food on the day as Draupadi had eaten her food. They had no…

About Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave Temple in Uttarakhand

PatalBhuvaneshwarTemple in Uttarakhand is a natural cave temple dedicated to various gods in Hindu pantheon and is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. The cave temple is dedicated to Shiva and has naturally formed murtis of various deities. Patal Bhuvaneshwar temple is located about about 37 km from Chaukori and 14 km from Gangolihat in Pithorgarh District in Uttarakhand.

G. Brindha writes about this amazing cave temple in the Hindu One has to descend 82 steps to reach the underground tunnels. One has to squeeze in, crawl and worm one's way into the tunnel, holding on to the supportive chains on the walls and taking care not to slip. Between the stairways there is a footlinga of Lord Narasimha. At this point, one can see both ways up to the entrance and down to the main cave. On reaching down, one sees a big idol of Seshnag, holding the Earth on his hood.  There is a Hawan Kund in front. It is said that King Janamejayan performed Nagayaga here, as instructed by Rishi Ullanga to avenge…