Jata Shankar is a natural cave at a distance of 2 km from Pachmarhi
in Hoshangabad District
. It is one of the pilgrim spots in the Pachmarhi hill resort.
Jata Shankar cave resembles the tangled curls of Lord Shiva and hence got the name. The rocks also have the shape of the hood of a giant snake. It is believed that Lord Shiva had once visited this place to save himself from the demon king Bhasmasura. So the place is mainly sanctified by
Shaivites. Blessed with enchanting natural beauty, it is considered the source of the sacred Jambu Dwip stream. Many rocks can be seen hanging between the walls of the caves, which take green to golden yellow colors due to the variation of sunlight. This natural spectacle is a major tourist attraction and is a common site in most of the Indian films. Pachmarhi is a hill resort .
Pipariya Railway Station is approximately 50 km away.