Bada Mahadev Cave - History, Timings & Entry Fee


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Distance (From Pachmarhi Bus Station): 11 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour

Place Location: On The Way To Chauragarh Temple

Transportation Options: + Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: For people who are interested in sightseeing around Pachmarhi, the guests are required to take a day visit permit from Bison Lodge Museum. Moreover, the tourists also need to travel by local jeeps as cars brought from outside cannot be used at this place.

At a distance of 11 km from Pachmarhi Bus Station, Bade Mahadev Temple is a cave temple located in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. Situated on the way to Chauragarh Temple, it is one of the revered shrines in the region, and among the best Pachmarhi places to visit.

Bada Mahadev is one of the ancient temples in Pachmarhi and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the mythology, Bada Mahadev Cave is the place where Lord Vishnu killed Demon Bhasmasura taking the form of Mohini, a celestial beauty. Hence, this cave is an important pilgrimage site as well as a symbol for goodness prevailing over evil.

The cave is about 60 feet long and houses the idols of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Ganesha along with a Shivalinga. It can only accommodate one person to get through the cave at a time and is wider around the place of worship. Water keeps dropping through the walls of the cave and there is a pool in the center which is frequented by pilgrims during Nag Panchami and Maha Shivaratri as bathing in the pool is supposed to wash off one's sins.

Devotees need to walk 300 m from the parking area on a well-laid path to reach the main cave. A flashlight would always come in handy while visiting this narrow cave.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free