The Pandavas were exiled for 13 years after the eldest among them, Yudhishthira, lost a game of dice to the Kauravas.
They had to spend the 12 years in forests. Also, according to the terms of the challenge, the Pandavas had to spend one year in anonymity, amounting the total exile period to 13 years.
At a time among all those years of exile, the Pandavas happened to pass by a hill station in Madhya Pradesh, which would eventually derive its name from their own actions.
In order to stay there, they excavated five caves from the rocks of the hills. Thus, the hill station came to be known as Pachmarhi (Pach- five and Marhi-caves).
Although the authenticity of this claim is disputed, as some archaeologists believe that the caves existed way before the Mahabharata period, the hill station remains known as Pachmarhi, based upon the five caves that the mighty Pandavas had excavated.
It is said that the most spacious and well-ventilated cave is that of Draupadi while the darkest one is Bhima’s among the five caves.
As much as the caves’ history is intriguing, their beauty is appealing and we’re sure, so is that of Pachmarhi on the whole.
Panchmarhi, the hill station, promises beautiful scenery and calm to the travellers who are looking for a break from the hustle-bustle of cities. The picturesque view will leave you mesmerised.