According to Hindu Mythology there are 64 jyotirlingas out of these, 12 of them are considered to be very auspicious and holy. One of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga is Bhimashankar Temple. As other Jyotirlinga, it is said to have constructed over a Swayambhu (self-emanated) ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... Linga.
Bhimashankar Temple is located at Bhavagiri village, 50 km northwest of Khed, at 110 Kms. from Pune in Maharashtra in the picturesque Sahyadri Ranges and provides a wonderful view of River Bhima. It is from here the Bhima River flows southeast and merges with the KrishnaKrishna
It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must... River near Raichur. There is a dense forest surrounding the high ranges of Sahyadri village.
With the long stretches of undisturbed forests, towering peaks that seem to touch the heavens, and the tingling sound of water of the Bhima River, Bhimashankar is unquestionably one of God's choicest creations.
Bhimashankar Temple depicts the Nagara style of architecture and the excellency of the skills achieved by ancient Vishwakarma sculptors. It is a simple yet graceful temple, and it dates back to the 13th century.
At the entrance of the temple is the image of NandiNandi
Nandi is one of the most iconic and famous characters of Hindu mythology. He is the vehicle of Shiva and also the gatekeeper of the abode of Shiva and Parvati. (the celestial bull). A unique bell that can be seen in front of the temple was gifted by Chimaji Appa (Brother of Bajirao Peshwa I and uncle of Nanasaheb Peshwa).
Chimney Appa had a fierce battle with the Portuguese. He won the war and collected two large bells from Vasai Fort. He offered one bell at Bhimashankar and the other at Menovali near Wai in front of a Shiva Temple on the banks of the Krishna river. The Mandap (Towering structure of the temple) and Shikhara developed in 18th century by Nana Phadnavis. The pillars and gateways of the temple are embellished with carvings of scenes from Hindu mythological stories.
There is a small temple devoted to ShaniShani
Shani, literally means the one who moves very... within the premises of the Bhima Shankar temple.
The great Maratha king Shivaji gave an immense donation to this temple to promote worship services.
Legend behind Origin of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Shrine and Bhimarathi River:
Many Years ago in the dense forests of Dakini, on the lofty ranges of the Sahaydris lived a demon named Bhima with his mother, Karkati. Bhima was unkind and cruel. Gods were scared of him a But he was faced with certain questions about his existence which continuously irritated him.
Bhima could not sustain his agony and curiosity, he asked his mother to unveil the mysteries of his life. He urged his mother to tell him about his father and why he had abandoned them in the wilderness of the forest. Bhima's mother told him that he was the son of the mighty Kumbhakarna, the younger brother of the mighty King Ravana.
Rama killed Kumbhakarna in the war between them. After hearing this story, Bhima vouched to take revenge with Lord VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,... To achieve this, he started severe penance to please Brahma.
Brahma was pleased with his staunch devotee and granted him immense power. That was the great blunder from Brahma. After that, Bhima caused havoc in the three worlds. He defeated King Indra and conquered the heaven. He also defeated a devotee of Lord Shiva – Kamarupeshwar, and put him in the chains. He started torturing Sages and Saints.
All this angered the Gods. All Gods along with Lord BrahmaBrahma
According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)... went to Lord Shiva for his help for their rescue. Lord Shiva solaced the Gods and agreed to save them from Bhima. Meanwhile, Bhima insisted and ordered Kamarupeshwar to worship him in its place of Lord Shiva. When Kamarupeshwar refused, Bhima uplifted his sword to hit the Shiva Linga, Linga is a phallic shaped symbol of Shiva which is considered his source of power and is worshipped by Hindus to which Kamarupeshwar was praying. As soon as Bhima managed to raise his sword, Lord Shiva emerged from Shivalinga and appeared before him; then the fierce war began between Shiva and Bhima. NaradaNarada
Narada, also popularly known as Narada Muni, is a great Vedic sage and is one of the most significant and iconic characters of the Hindus. appeared and requested Shiva to put an end to this war. It was then that Shiva conquered Bhima and turned him to ashes and thus concluded the saga of tyranny. All the Gods and the holy sages present there requested Shiva to make this place his abode. Shiva thus incarnated himself in the form of the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga. It is believed that the sweat that oozed from Lord Shiva's body after the fierce battle created the Bhimarathi River.
From then it is believed that Lord Shiva bless the majestic ranges of the Sahyadris. The calmness of the environment around the range is interrupted only by the silent murmuring of the cool breeze and the occasional chirping of birds, Bhimashankar Temple is a pilgrims delight and a traveler's vocational plight.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Bhimashankar shrine is from August to February. Though, anytime of the year is good to visit Bhimashankar, it is better to avoid visiting the place during summer and during monsoon when trekking is not advisable.
Tourist Attractions near Bhimashankar Temple
Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is the major tourist place to visit near Bhimashankar Temple. The Giant Indian Squirrel is one of the most important attractions of the sanctuary.
SRI HANUMAN is worshipped everywhere in India, alone... Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar (source of river Bhima), Gupta Bhimesh, Nag Phani Peak (Nagphani or Duke’s Nose), Bombay Point, Sakshi Vinayak, Shivneri Fort, and Dimbhe Dam are other tourist places to visit in Pune while visiting Bhimashankar Temple.