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Bhimashankar Jyotirling Temple in Pune Maharashtra- Among one of Lord Shiva's 12 Jyotirlinga

Here is Some Information about Bhimashankar Jyotirling Temple in Pune Maharashtra India.

Location:  Dakini hill (Shikharam)
Pin Code: 410509
Built in: 9th century
Built By: Nana Padnis of Peshwa
Dedicatedto:Lord Shiva
Temple Timing:
4:30AM to 9:30PM
Among 0ne of 12 Jyotirling
Visiting Timing:
30 Mins
Best time to Visit:
All time
Architectural style: Nagara
Also Known As: Moteshwar Mahadev
Important Festival: Maha Shivaratri
Altitude: 110 mNearest Railway Station:Pune
Nearest Air Port:

More Information about Bhimashankar Jyotirling Temple

Bhimashankar Jyotirling Temple is situated in the ghat region of the Sahyadri hills in the village of Bhavagiri, 50-km north west of Khed, near Pune in Maharashtra. Bhima Shankar Temple lies on the banks of the river Bhima. Bhimashankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna River near Raichur.
The temple is very old and surrounded by a scenic nature with green forest. The place is totally surrounded by dense forest which is also considered as the wild life sanctuary by Indian Government. This hill region is called Sahyadri and situated at a distance of 125Kms from Pune. This forest is also called Khed. The temple is located at Dakini hill (Shikharam). Nana Padnis of Peshwa kingdom has improved this place to a great extent and built the beautiful temple.

Importance of the Bhimashankar Temple

In this temple, Lord Eshwara is shown in Half man and Half woman (Ardha Narishwara) form. There is a continuous water flow from this Jyotirlinga, which is the speciality of this place.

Some more places of interest here are, Kamalaja Devi temple, origin of Bhima river, Bombay point and Hanuman temple. In Pune city, Kelkar museum, Goddess Parvati temple are important. Nearer to this city, Mahabaleshwar, Kolhapur can be visited. Shri Mahalaxmi temple is very famous in Kolhapur. This temple is considered as one of the Shakti peetha. 

Legend behind Shri Bhimashankar Temple

According to the legends, once a demon called Bhima lived with his mother Karkati in the dense forests of Dakini, on the lofty ranges of the Sahaydris. It is said that Bhima was so cruel that every one was scared of him. But what tormented Bhima was his curiosity regarding his own existence. One day, Bhima urged his mother to tell him who his father was and why had he abandoned them in the wilderness of the forest. His mother revealed that he was the son of Kumbhakarna, the younger brother of the mighty King Ravana - the King of Lanka. Bhima’s mother Kartaki also told him that Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as Lord Rama annihilated Kumbhakarna. This infuriated Bhima and he vowed to avenge Lord Vishnu.

Bhima performed severe penance to please Lord Brahma. The compassionate creator was pleased by the dedicated devotee and granted him immense prowess. With so much power, Bhima began to cause havoc in the three worlds. He defeated King Indra and conquered the heavens. He also defeated a staunch devotee of Lord Shiv - Kamrupeshwar and put him in the dungeons. All this angered the Gods and they along with Lord Brahma beseeched Lord Shiv to come for their rescue to which Lord Shiv agreed.

Tyrant Bhima asked Kamrupeshwar to worship him instead of Lord Shiv. When Kamrupeshwar refused, Bhima raised his sword to strike the Shiv Linga. But as soon as he raised his sword, Lord Shiv appeared before him in full magnificence. Then the terrible war began. Holy sage Narad appeared and requested Lord Shiv to put an end to this war. It was then that Lord Shiv reduced the evil demon to ashes and thus concluded the saga of tyranny. All the Gods and the holy sages present there requested Lord Shiv to make this place his abode. Lord Shiv thus manifested himself in the form of the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga. It is believed that the sweat that poured forth from Lord Shiv’s body after the battle formed the Bhimarathi River.

Structure of Shri Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga Temple

Bhimashankara Temple is situated in picturesque extreme end of the Sahayadri Ranges and provides a wonderful view of the forts, the rivers and the hill stations around. The dense forests surrounding the high ranges also play an abode to the rare species of flora and fauna.

Bhimashakara Temple dates back to mid 18th century and is a composite of old and the new structures and is built in the Nagara style of architecture. The shikhara of the temple was built by Nana Phadnavis. Shivaji - the great Maratha ruler is said to have facilitated the carrying out of worship services. As with other Shiv temples in this area, the sanctum is at a lower level. The best time to visit the Bhimashankar Temple is said to be Maha Shivaratri as the temple organizes grand festivities on the occasion.

Aarti and Darshan Timing of  Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga Temple

Open in Morning: 4:30 am
Aarti: 5:05 am
Normal Darshans: 5:15 am to 11:30 am.
No Abhishekam between: 11:30 am to 11:50 am.
Maha Puja: 12:00 pm.
Maha Nivedhyam: 12:30 pm.
Abhishekam and Normal Puja: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.
Shringar Puja: 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm.
Aarti: 3:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Shringar Darshan: 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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Nearest Hotels and Restaurants of Bhimashankar Jyotirling Temple

Raju Uncle Ke Chole Bhature
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Near Bhimashankar Temple

Bhagyalaxmi Bhel
27, Bharati Vihar Near Bharati Vidyapeeth College, Katraj
Near Bhimashankar Temple

Tiranga Restaurant
Satara Road Near City Pride Cinema, Dhanakawadi
Near Bhimashankar Temple

Khushboo The Family Restaurant
251/1, Satara Road, Balaji Nagar, Dhankawadi Hotel Kapila Building
Near Bhimashankar Temple

Royal Punjab Restaurant & Bar
53/17B, Royal Inn Hotel, Pune Satara Road,
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Near Bhimashankar Temple

Piccadilly Country Club & Resort
Village Mirchloli, Neral - Kashede Road, Karjat, Neral
22.6 km from Bhimashankar Temple

Dr Modi's Resort
Post Kirauli, Village Wanjale, Taluka Karjat, Raigad, Nagothane
27.2 km from Bhimashankar Temple

Mohili Meadows Resort
Mohili Village, Karjat
27.8 km from Bhimashankar Temple

Sparsh Resort & Chalet
Survey No. 79, Village Naldhe,
2 Kms from Village Kashale On Karjat-Murbad Road, Karjat
28.1 km from Bhimashankar Temple

Sayeban Hotel
Plot No 171 Kasturba Road, Matheran
29.4 km from Bhimashankar Temple

How to Reach Bhimashankar Jyotirling Temple Pune

By Air : The nearest airport is the Pune Airport which is at a distance of 95 kilometres from Bhimashankar.

By Rail :The nearest Railhead is the Pune which is at a distance of 95 kilometres from Bhimashankar.

By Road : Bhimashankar is situated around 260 kms from Mumbai via Pune. From Pune You have to take the road that goes to Wada to reach Bhimashankar. 
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