5 caves by 5 Pandavas gave us 'Pachmarhi'

May 05, 2020

Destinations :: Pachmarhi

Legend says that the 5 Pandava brothers had visited Pachmarhi during their exile. They excavated '5', means 'Pach' in Hindi, 'caves', which means 'marhi', for their shelter.


As per the epic Mahabharata, the Pandavas were forced into exile on losing everything in a game of dice with the Kauravas. The Pandavas were to spend a year in anonymity as a part of their exile. Agreeing to these terms, the Pandavas set out. While passing through Pachmarhi, they excavated 5 caves in the sandstone hills for their shelter.


These caves are still in existence and have gained popularity as a major tourist spot. But most geologists say that these caves must have been in existence even before the Mahabharata era.