Jyotirlingas

Bhimashankar (Pune)

Bhimashankar Temple Bhimashankar

        Bhimashankar Temple is an ancient shrine, enshrining Bhimashankara one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. Bhimashankar Templeis the sixth among the twelve or Dwadash Jyothirlingas. This temple is closely associated with the legend of Shiva. Bhimashankar Temple is located in the village of Bhorgiri 50 km north west of Khed, near Pune.Bhimashankar temple lies on the banks of the river Bhima. Bhimashankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows southeast and merges into the Krishna River in Raichur.

        According to the belief from the Puranas, Lord Shiva (Tripurantak) rested in this region after slaying Triprasur, and his sweat droplets created the Bhima River. In this battle, Shiva appeared in a magnificent (Bhim) form. Hence, it came to be known as Bhimashankar Jyotirling. and another one legend of bhimashankar Once a demon Bhima lived with his mother Karkati in the dense forests of Dakini, on the lofty ranges of the Sahyadris. Bhima`s intolerable cruelty was showered upon every human, so that everyone was scared of him. But, what tormented Bhima was the mystery of his own existence. When Bhima urged his mother Karkati to reveal the identity of his father, and why had he abandoned them in the wilderness of the forests, his mother explained that he was the son of Kumbhakarna, the younger brother of the fearful King Ravana, King of Lanka. She also told Bhima, that his father was killed by Ram in the great war.  This infuriated Bhima and he vowed to avenge Lord Vishnu. To achieve this he embarked on a severe penance to please Lord Brahma. The compassionate creator was pleased with his perseverance and granted him immense prowess. With so much power in hand, Bhima started wrecking havoc in the three worlds. He defeated King Indra and conquered the heavens. He also defeated a firm believer of Lord Shiva-Kamrupeshwar and stocked him the dungeons.  All his handiwork angered the Gods and they pleaded along with Lord Brahma to Lord Shiva, that He needs to rescue the humankind and the heaven alike. The Lord agreed. Meanwhile, Bhima ordered Kamrupeshwar to worship him instead of Lord Shiva, Kamrupeshwar disagreed, and Bhima infuriated, raised his sword to break the Shiva Linga. But, at that very moment, Lord Shiva appeared himself in his full magnificence, and a terrible war raged. Holy sage Narad requested Shiva to put an end to this war, and then the Lord reduced the demon to ashes, putting an end to the saga of tyranny. All the gods present there urged Lord Shiva to make that place his abode. He then manifested himself in the form of the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga. It is believed that the sweat, which poured out from Lord Shiva`s body after the battle formed the basis of the Bhimarathi river.

        The Bhimashankara temple is a composite of old and the new structures and is built in the Nagara style of architecture. The temple has a wooden entrance which is beautifully carved. This ancient Jyothirlinga temple is said to have constructed over a Swayambhu (self-emanated) Shiva Linga. The sanctum is seen at a lower level. The pillars and gateways of the temple are adorned with carvings of scenes from mythology. The temple was first built during the 13th century. A major part of the present structure was built during the 18th century. The shikhara of the temple was built by Nana Phadnavis. The main Bhimashankar temple is surrounded by Temples of Lord Ram, Datta Maharaj, Lord Vitthal and Mataji. There are two important temples of Shani Maharaj and Nandi near the main temple. Another attraction is a huge bell located near the temples. There are Buddha style carvings of Amba-Ambika, Bhootling and Bhimashankar in the hills of Manmod near Bhimashankar. This is at the height of 1034 mtrs. Here, a well was constructed by Raghunath Rao.

Daily Schedule at Bhimashankar Temple

  • The temple is opened from 04:30 AM to 11.30 AM. Shringar Darshan is from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM (except Pradosham on Monday or Amavasya or Grahan or Mahashivratri. Kartihik Month, Shravan  Month - No Mukut and no Shringar Darshans). 
  • Evening Aarti is conducted from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Darshans from 8:00 to 9:30 PM and the temple is closed at 9:30 pm. 
  • The temple opens daily at 4:30 am and closes at 7:30 PM. The time for normal darshans at Bhimashankar Temple are from 5:15 AM to 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM. No Abhishekam will be done between 11:30 am to 11:50 am.

Festivals in Bhimashankar Temple

  • Kartik Poornima :-It is celebrated with great enthusiasm from Kartik Ekadashi to Poornima. It was on Kartik Poornima that Tripurasur was slain by Shiv.
  • Mahashivratri :-  Celebrated on the Krishna paksh Chaturdashi of the Magh month , it is the biggest festival,  when the mountain filled with devotees, tourists and shops transforms into a large fair. The beauty of the temple is beyond any description.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi :- This ritual of Trimbakeshwar is completed by a devotee in 3 days. The entire ritual is conducted by the local pandits, with the main bath being held in Kushawart Teerth.
  • Dipawali :-  This festival of lights is celebrated with faith and devotion in Bhimashankar temple.

How to Reach

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1. Distance between pune - Bhimashankar 87 kms. 1.Karjat Pune Map
2. Distance between Mumbai - Bhimashankar 108 kms.     Map
3. Distance between Nashik - Bhimashankar 145 kms