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Bhimashanker

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Bhimashanker Tourism

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Manoj Jain2.9/5

1 review

Bhimashanker-A travel to nature

I visited this sacred place on 30-04-2017. Though we had little time to stay down at the jyotirling, it was really amazing.
There were few things you should keep in minds while visiting there.
1. The darshan remains closed for 45 mins from 2:45 in the afternoon, so make sure that you reach the temple by 1:00 pm by all means.
2. On holidays you would find difficult to fetch a parking, if you are going by your own vehicle. There is only one organized parking right at the gate, with limited space. So, better that you park your vehicle well before it at a safer place.
3. It is a 15 mins walk down from the main entrance to the shiv ling.
Overall it is a nice place, you would enjoy the pathway to the shivling, with full of nature.

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Atharav-raj Yadav5.0/5

2 reviews

Ultimate heaven of Lord Shiva

This is the only place for me, where I touched the clouds with my hands. I and my family enjoyed a lot. I was the greatest experience. When we came at the peak point of this mountain, where the temple is situated, we found that everywhere is a jungle. Tall trees were on the sides of the road and by that sunlight is also not coming. It has a cold weather as the clouds are near to us. But everyone has to visit, all the scenery lovers and religious people must go to this place. Ultimate heaven of Lord Shiva.

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Bhimashanker Overview

Bhimashankar is an ancient pilgrimage centre located in the state of Maharashtra, near Karjat. The destination is popular for housing one of the 12 holy Jyotirlinga shrines in India, and five in Maharashtra. A legend has it that Lord Shiva had taken abode in the Bhima form on the crest of the Sahyadri hills, upon the request of the Gods. Thus, this site housing the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, came to be known as Bhimashankar. After the battle with the demon, the sweat poured forth from the body of Lord Shiva took the form of Bhima river, banks of which now mark the site.

This temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, stands 125 km north of Pune and 200 km away from Mumbai, in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills. Dating back to the 18th century, Bhimashankar Temple is characteristic of Nagara architectural style, along with influences from Indo-Aryan architecture.

Intricate carvings adorn the pillars and door frames of this temple, raised over a Swayambhu Linga. The temple grounds encompass another smaller shrine dedicated to Lord Shani. Wooden entrance of this temple, built by Nana Fadnavis, is marked by a Nandi statue.

Though a place of religious importance, Bhimashankar is often frequented by nature lovers for its wildlife sanctuary, housing a variety of endangered species of flora and fauna. A reserve forest area, this wildlife sanctuary is mainly famous for the highly endangered Giant Indian Squirrel.

An abode to rich wildlife and vegetation, these dense forests lining the Western Ghats also offer a clear view of the beautiful surroundings. Other than the natural scenery, Bhimashankar is exclusively popular among tourists for trekking, birdwatching and other adventure activities.

Besides the temple and the sanctuary, Bhimashankar is popular for attractions like Gupt Bhimashankar, Sakshi Vinayak, Hanuman Lake, Nagphani, Bombay Point and more. Once in the base village of Khandas, tourists can reach the location via two main routes, the Ganesh route and the Ladder route.

The nearest air gateway as well as railhead to Bhimashankar is situated at a distance of 130 km, in Pune. Those travelling by road can reach Bhimashankar either from Mumbai or from Pune. The best time to visit the destination is from August through February.