Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga History, Route info and Abhishek Timings
Darshan Dress Code: Any decent outfit
Darshan Duration: 25 to 30 mins during weekdays. 30 to 45 mins during weekends and 3 to 4 hours on festival days.
Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga History
Legend says that there was a demon ‘Tripurasura’ did penance to please Lord Shiva. The Lord, pleased by Tripurasura’s devotion, blessed him with immortality on the condition that Tripurasura would use his boon for the welfare of the society. In case Tripurasura forgot his vows, the Lord would have to stop him in any way.
The Lord prayed to Goddess Parvati to help him for stopping the chaos of Tirpurasura’s action. Goddess Parvati came with her new incarnation with the name of Kamaja. They both combined in the form of ‘ardh-narya-nateshwar’ , on the Kartik Poornima, they killed that demon and the day is celebrating as ‘Tripurasura Poornima’. The Lord blessed demon’s wives, i.e. Dakini and Shakini, with immortality for their existence without Tripurasura.
After the war, Lord Shiva sat on the hills then all god were praying and pleased the Lord Shiva. All God requested to make this place his abode. Lord Shiva thus manifested himself as he ‘Bhimshankar Jyotirlingam’
It is believed that the sweat that poured forth from Lord Shiva’s body after the battle formed the Bhimarathi River.
The temple architecture is Nagara style of architecture. The Bhimashankar Temple is having old and new structure. The Temple Shikhara and Sabha mandapam were built by Nana Phadnavis in mid 18 Century. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maratha ruler also made endowments to this temple to facilitate the carrying out, of worship services. This Jyotirlinga’s sanctum is lower than another Jytorilingas. The large bell was offered by Chimaji Appa, which was collected from after defeating the Protuguese from Vasai Fort, during 16 May, 1739.
- Datta Mandir
- Kamalaja Mata Mandir
- Ram Mandir
- Shani Mandir
- Temple of Shiva Ganams, Dakini and Shakini
- Moksha Kund Teertham
- Sarva Teertha
- Kusharanya Teertha
- Jnyana Kund
How to Reach
- By Airport: Nearest Airport is in Pune, 125 KM.
- By Railways: Nearest Railway Station is in Pune, 125 KM.
- By Roads: Maharashtra Bus Transport facility is very well connected in between Shivajinagar S.T. Station of Pune and Bhimashankar Temple. Nashik, Kalyan, Ghatkopar and Mumbai are also connected with Bhimashankar Temple by Bus Transport facility.