Bhimashankar Temple is a Jyotirlinga shrine of worship located 50 km northwest of Khed (near Rajguru Nagar), close Pune, in India. It is placed 127 km from Shivaji Nagar (in Pune) in the Ghat refgion of the Sahyadri hills. Bhimashankar is additionally the wellspring of the waterway Bhima, which streams southeast and join with the Krishna stream close Raichur. The other Jyotirlinga places of worship in Maharashtra are Trimbakeshwara close to Nashik and Grishneshwar close to Aurangabad .
This sanctuary is nearly connected with the legend of Shiva killing the evil presence Tripurāsura related with the strong flying bastions, the “Tripurās”. Shiva is said to have taken dwelling place the ‘Bhīmā Shankara’ shape, upon the demand of the Gods, on the peak of the Sahyādrī slopes, and the sweat that poured forward from His body after the fight is said to have framed the Bhīmārathi stream.
The best time to visit the bhimashankar is between August and February. Despite the fact that whenever of the year best place to visit Bhimashankar, it is better to avoid visiting it during summer. So also amid rainstorm, unless one enjoys trekking, it is ideal to keep away from a visit. That leaves the best time frame to seven months amongst August and February.
Jyothirlina In India
The twelve jyothirlina are Somnath in Gujarat, Nageshwar at Dwarka in Gujarat, Bhimashankar in Maharashtra , Grishneshwar in Maharashtra, Nageshwar Temple at Hingoli in Maharashtra, Rameshwar at Rameswaram inTamil Nadu, Mallikarjuna at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh, Mahakaleswar at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Viswanath at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Vaidyanat Jyotirlinga at Deoghar in Jharkhand, and Kedarnath in Himalayas.
Architecture Of The Temple
Although the present structure of the temple appears to be of similarly recent origin, the shrine Bhīmāshankaram (and the Bhīmārathi river) have been referred to in literature dating back to the 13th century. Built in the Nagara style of architecture, this temple is a modest yet beautiful temple and dates back to the 18th century. One can also find borrowed impact from the Indo Aryan style of architecture.
The Bhīmāshankar temple is a compound of old and new structures in the Nagara style of architecture. It shows the excellency of the artistry accomplished by ancient Vishwakarma sculptors. It is a simple yet beautiful temple and it dates back to the 13th century during the sabhamandap was built in the 18th century by Nānā Phadnavis. The shikhara was made by Nana Phadnavis. The great Maratha ruler Shivaji is said to have made donations to this temple to help worship services. As with other Shiva temples in this area, the temple is at a lower level.
A unique bell (Roman style) can be view in front of the temple. This bell has an icon of Mother Mary with Jesus.This huge bell was presented by Chimaji Appa (Brother of Bajirao Peshwa I and uncle of Nanasaheb Peshwa). On 16 May 1739, Chimaji Appa collected five large bells subsequently he won a war against the Portuguese from the Vasai Fort.
Places around Bhimashankar
There are Buddha style designs and paintings of Amba-Ambika, Bhootling and Bhimashankar in the hills of Manmaad nearby Bhimashankar at a height of 1034 meters. A Huge bell in Hemadpanthi structure built by Nana Phadanavis is attraction of Bhimashankar. Places that can be visited in the locality are Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Nag Phani, Bombay Point, Sakshi Vinayak, Origin of River Bhima, and many more things. Bhimashankar is a reserved forest area of 130.78km2 and was announced a wild life sanctuary in 1985. This sanctuary is a section of the Western Ghats, so it is rich in floral and faunal unlikeness. A variations of birds, animals, insects, and plants can be seen. A unusual animal Malabar Giant Squirrel locally called as “Shekaru” can be found in the deep woods. Bhimashankar is a valuable visiting for jungle lovers and trekkers as well as for traveler. This temole is very famous in Pune and people around the world come to visit this temple. The Bhorgiri fort is near Bhimashankar.
Huge bell in Hemadpanthi structure built by Nana Phadanavis