Nestled in dense forests, the Shiva temple in Bhimashankar is sixth jyotirlinga and one of the most popular places for the worship of Lord Shiva.It is located on the banks of the Bhima river and it is believed that Bhima river originates from this place.
A pristine natural environment with hills, waterfalls and forests; a wild life sanctuary and an ancient temple! Bhimashankar offers the ideal setting to find spirituality. It is also the perfect place for adventure lovers with a plethora of treks. Moreover this is where you can find the shekru the giant flying squirrel which is also the state animal of Maharashtra.
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There was a demon Tripurasura who did penance in the jungle of Bhimashankar very long ago i.e. in Tretayug, to please Lord Shiva in order to achieve the gift of immortality.
Lord shiva, who is specially known for his kindness towards his devotees, was pleased with Tripurasura’s commitment towards him. So as usual, he blessed him with the power of immortality with a condition that, “He should strive in the best interest of people, or he may be sued permanently for violating the condition. “
With the flow of time, Tripurasura forgot the condition to which he was abided, and eventually started harassing people as well as other deities. There was a chaos for which all the deities approached Lord Shiva for remedy.
Thus in order to sue Tripurasura, Lord Shiv prayed to Goddess Parvati (Kamalaja Mata) in order to help him to accomplish this task. Accordingly Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati underwent a new form which is popularly known as “Ardha-Narya-Nateshwar” and killed Tripurasura on Kartik Pournima which is known as “Tripurari Pornima”.
After the death of Tripurasura his wives (Dakini and Shakini) went to Lord Shiva with a question of their existence without Tripurasura. Thus Lord Shiva blessed both of them, with the power of immortality which he did to Tripurasura. Henceforth the realm Bhimashankar is known as “Dakinyam Bhimashankaram”.
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The Bhimashankar temple is a composite of old and new structures in the Nagara style of architecture. It shows the excellency of the skills achieved by ancient Vishwakarma sculptors. It is a modest yet graceful temple and it dates back to the 13th century while the sabhamandap was built in the 18th century by Nana Phadnavis.
The shikhara was built by Nana Phadnavis. The great Maratha ruler Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj is said to have made endowments to this temple to facilitate worship services. As with other Shiva temples in this area, the sanctum is at a lower level.
- Address: Shivtritha, Shree kshtrea, Bhimashankar, Maharashtra 410509
- District: Pune
- Altitude: 3500 ft above sea level
- Affiliation: Hinduism
- Deity: Bhīmāshankar (Shiva)
- Festivals: Mahashivratri
- Best time to visit :The best period to visit Bhimashankar is between September to February
|4.30 AM||Kakada Aarti|
|5.00 AM||Nijarup Darshan|
|5.30 AM||Regular Pooja,Abhishek starts|
|12.00 PM||Naivedya Pooja (No Abhishek inside)|
|12.30 PM||Regular Pooja,Abhishek starts|
|3.00 PM||Madhyan Aarti (No Darshan for 45min)|
to 9.30 PM
|Shringar darshan (No Abhishek inside)|
|9.30 PM||Mandir Closed|
- Bhimashankar has been declared a wildlife sanctuary; it is a reserved forest area, and as it is part of the Western Ghats, it is rich in flora and fauna.
- The state animal of Maharashtra, the Malabar Giant Squirrel, is a rare animal found here.
- It is located on the banks of the Bhima river and it is believed that Bhima river originates from this place.
- It is believed that the ancient shrine was built around a swayambhu linga i.e. a linga that originated on its own. The linga is exactly at the center of the floor, in the temple’s sanctum. There are intricate carvings of divine and human beings on the pillars, and doorframes of the temple. You can also see scenes from mythology depicted here.
- There is also a shrine for Lord Shaneeshwara inside the temple. A statue of Lord Shiva’s mount, Nandi, can be found at the entrance of the temple as is common in Shiva temples.
How To Reach:
Bhimashankar is 250 km from Mumbai and 127 kms from Pune. The nearest airport is Pune
Bhimashankar does not have its own railway station. The nearest railway station is the Pune station which is located at a distance of around 110 Km. You can take a bus or a taxi from here. It takes two hours to three hours to reach the temple from the station.
You can take the route of Pune-Rajgurunagar-Manchar- Ghodegaon–Pokhari Ghat Bhimashankar. State Transport buses are available at regular intervals from the Shivajinagar Bus Terminus and the last bus is at 5 pm. Private transport is more convenient if you would like to visit places around Bhimashankar.
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Where To Stay
Natraj Holiday Resort
Natraj Holiday Resort is located at Bhimashankar 8 km before the Temple right side on the road, we have pure Veg Restaurant .You can find various cuisines in the restaurant here. They have 23 Non Ac Deluxe rooms, for Small and Bigger Family as well. You can find a room easily at a feasible price of 2000INR.
Address: SH 112, Bhimashankar Temple Road, Bhimashankar, Nigdale, Maharashtra 410509
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