Where Is Lord Ganesha's Real Head?

The Temple Of Severed Head Of Lord Ganesha

Traditional story states that Lord Shiva beheaded Ganesha in anger and at the request of Mother Parvati, Shiva breathed life into Ganesha with the face of a baby elephant

But there must always be a question in your mind that where the real severed head of Ganesha would have fallen

It is believed that when Lord Shiva beheaded Ganesha, he kept his severed head in a cave known as Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave Temple

However, the head is now not recognizable as it is covered in a layer of limestone or in idol form. This cave is located in the Pithoragarh region of Uttarakhand

The cave is about 90 feet inside the hill, situated at an altitude of 1,350 m above sea level. Patal Bhubaneshwar is not just one cave, but a series of underground caves

It is described in Skanda Purana that Mahadev Shiva himself resides in Patal Bhuvaneshwar, protecting the severed head of Ganesha

Just above this Shila Rupi (rock-like) head of Lord Ganesha, there is a rock like Brahma Kamal with 108 petals, from which drops of divine water keep dripping all the time

The main drop is seen falling into the mouth of Adiganesh (portrayed as Ganesha with a human head). According to folklore, the Brahmakamal was established here by Lord Shiva

Other gods and goddesses reside in the temple as well.  The temple is visited by thousands of people every year, worshiping this unique form of Ganesha

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