Bhimashankar Temple is perched at the top of a hill in a small village called Bhorgiri, located about 100 km from Pune and 223 km from Mumbai, Owing to the presence of sacred Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva, Bhimashankar temple remains crowded with devotees. According to the legends, Bhimashankar temple is associated with the story of Lord Shiva slaying the demon – Tripurasura, and concluding the saga of tyranny. Even, Shiva started living in the jungle by taking the form of Bhima. And his sweat poured out in the form of the Bhimarathi river.
In this temple, Lord Eshwara is shown in Half Men and Half Women (Ardha Narishwara) form. There is a continuous water flow from this Jyotirlinga, which is the specialty of this place. Some more places of interest here are Kamalaja Devi temple, the origin of Bhima river, Bombay point and Hanuman temple. In Pune city, the 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.
How to reach Bheemshankar:-
- The nearest Airport is Pune
- The nearest Railway station is Pune
- Only bus transport is available to Bhimshankar from Pune. The central bus stand is nearer to the railway station. Buses to Bhimshankar are run from the Shivaji Nagar bus stand in Pune. This Bus stand is about 2Kms from Central bus stand. City buses are available to reach the Shivaji Nagar bus stand. The auto rickshaw facility is also available. Bhimshankar is 125Kms from Pune via Manchar. Manchar is 57Kms from Pune on National Highway 50. The first bus starts at 5.15am from Pune to Bhimashankar.
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