Bhimashankar Temple

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Bhimashankar is an ancient shrine,is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Lord Shiva. Bhimashanka islocated in the ghat region of the Sahyadri hills in Maharashtra. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva resided in the form of Bhima in the Sahyadri hills at the request of the Gods to kill demon Tripurasura. Hence, the site surrounding the jyotirling came to be called Bhimshankar. People visit Bhimashanker in large numbers during Mahashivratri.
The temple was built by Nana Fadnis, an eminent statesman of the Maratha Empire. The temple is a composite of old and the 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 and the sabhamandap developed in the 18th century by Nana Phadnavis. The shikhara was built by Nana Phadnavis. The great Maratha ruler Shivaji 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. Although the structure here is fairly new, the shrine Bhimashankaram  have been referred to in literature dating back to the 13th century CE. Saint Jñ?neshwar is said to have visited Tryambakeshwar and Bhimashankar. A unique bell can be seen in front of the temple which was presented by Chimaji Appa. Chimaji Appa collected five large bells after he won in war against the Portuguese from Vasai Fort. He offered one here at Bhimashankar and the others at Menovali near Wai in front of a Shiva Temple on the banks of the Krishna river, Banshanker temple, Omkareshwar Temple and Ramlinga temple.
There are Buddha style carvings of Amba-Ambika, Bhootling and Bhimashankar in the hills of Manmaad near Bhimashankar at a height of 1034 metres. A big bell in Hemadpanthi structure built by Nana Phadanavis is a feature of Bhimashankar. Places that can be visited in are Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Origin of River Bhima, Nag Phani, Bombay Point, Sakshi Vinayak and a lot more. Bhimashankar is a reserved forest area of 130.78 km2 was declared as wildlife sanctuary in 1985.This sanctuary is a part of Western Ghat, so it is rich in floral and faunal diversity. A variety of birds, animals, insects, plants can be seen. A rare animal Malabar Giant squirrel locally called as " Shekaru" can be found in deep woods. Bhimashankar is worth visiting for jungle lovers and trekkers as well as for pilgrims. This temple is very famous in Pune and people from all around the world come to visit this temple.
Bhimashankar is also famous among adventure enthusiasts. The mountain in and around Bhimashankar is popular for trekking, hiking and rock climbing. Lots of adventure enthusiasts head to the jungles especially during monsoon to have their rush of adrenaline. Bhimashankar is a good paradise for nature lovers, trekkers, jungle lovers and bird watchers. The best seasons to go are monsoon and winter
Best Time to Visit:  August to February
Temple Timing: 4.30 am to 9.30 pm
How to Reach,
Bhimashankar is 74 miles or 127 km from Pune by road. State buses go there from Pune daily, with more than five hours of bus journey.
Nearest Railway Station : Pune Jn
Nearest Airport : Pune Airport


Bhimashankar Temple, Bhimashankar, Pune, Maharashtra
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Pune Jn (PUNE)
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latitude : 18.582099910 longitude :73.919700620
Corporation : Pune
Dedicated To
Maratha Empire
Visiting Hours
4.30 am to 9.30 pm

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