Holy Jyotirlinga


14.2/5(9 Ratings)

Holy Jyotirlinga Overview

Ranked 1 of 4 sightseeing in Bhimashanker

Holy Jyotirlinga is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is said that the temple is among the five Jyotirlingas situated in the state, which is built by Nana Phadanavis. The Holy Jyotirlinga displays the Nagra style of architecture. It is believed that Lord Shiva resided at the Sahyadri hills in the form of Bhima to kill the Rakshas Tripurasura. After the battle, the sweat of lord is believed to have become the Bhimarathi River.

In the premises of the temple, there is a small Shani Temple and a huge bell displaying the structure of Hemadpanthi, which was also built by Nana Phadanavis. The temple is visited on the eve of Mahashivratri in large number.

The hills of Manmod at a height of around 1,034 m have the carvings of Bhootling, Amba-Ambika and Bhimashanker in the Buddha style. Activities like trekking and birdwatching can be enjoyed at this hill.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Abira Ghosh

Abira Ghosh4.3/5

1 review

Bhimashankar : An abode of Shiva with splendid architecture

It was really worth to travel up there to almost 1034 metres of height and watch the Nagara style architectural marvel. Monsoon made the surrounding even more attractive with lustrous green forest. Being Thursday we had an opportunity to visit the temple and deity in a comfortable way . . It is advisable not to carry too heavy bags as going down the steps to the sanctum sanctorum, we have to climb up them to return. Carrying water would be wise . Bhimashankar temple is an ancient seat of God Shiva and one of the Jyotirlingas of twelve. Hence devotees and travel enthusiastic would equally be attracted to the place. The forest around the winding roads and a gorgeous waterfalls on the path of Bhima river is a treat on the way too . Anytime would be good to visit the place but I would recommend Monsoon for the dreamy ambience covered with mist all around.

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Prasad Sonawane

Prasad Sonawane3.6/5

1 review

Perfect spot for trek

If Mumbaikar wants to do adventurous in 1 day then this is the best spot to do so. Pick your bag in the early morning and go up for the best experience of your weekends. The campfire is one of the best experience at night and of course the Lord Shiva.
  • Perfect spot for trek
  • Perfect spot for trek
  • Perfect spot for trek
  • Perfect spot for trek

Shamik Dubey

Shamik Dubey3.2/5

25 reviews

Visit this nice temple, but avoid during rainy season

Bhimashankar Temple is one of my favourite spots & also one of the easily accessible one day destinations for Punekar's. It is located at around 125 kms from Pune, off Pune-Nashik highway (approx 3. 5 hrs drive from Pune). On way to Bhimashankar one crosses the thick vegetation of the Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary (famous for a rare animal called Shekru, which is like a giant squirrel).As for me I love driving to Bhimashankar during Aug to Feb period when the forest is dense and green and the weather is pleasant and it's not raining heavily.Besides the main Shiva Temple and the dense forest surrounding it, one should also visit Gupta Bhimashankar: the origin of Bhima River. There are several other points (Bombay point etc. Which even I have not visited)This place is also considered one of the best trekking route ie Lonavala - Bhimashankar (not suggested in rainy season).Caution:1. Drive carefully through this place.2. There is no petrol pump nearby(not in 10-12 km area) so keep your tank full.3. For trekking_avoid rainy season & driving in heavy rains can be dangerous too.4. Keep some snacks and water with you always.

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13 reviews

Serene & Divine place

Visited Bhimashankar as part of Diwali / Kartik month celebrations. Its 4 hrs from Mumbai so we decided to drive. The route covers Mumbai - Talegaon - Bhimashankar. Amazing drive with expressway & forest there on.Beautiful villages lakes and small hills lead you to the shrine. Though very little accommodation options are available, the place commands to stay close by to enjoy the feel of forest stay.The shrine is old and divine with few hundred steps going down to the valley. The shrine gets busy during religious days and months, otherwise it's relatively empty.The shivling is divine and we celebrated diwali with surrounding people in the temple premise. For kids there is no great option for recreation in the vicinity and so are food options, people can do day trips from Pune.

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Anshu Kedia

Anshu Kedia4.6/5

6 reviews

One of the Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva

This temple is one of jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva in India, around 7 hrs road trip from Mumbai. We travel by bus here, there is direct bus service from Mumbai to Bhimashankar Temple & the same bus will return back to Mumbai after the gap of one hr. The way to mandir was full of natural beauty & hilly areas. To enter in the mandir we had to climb 100+stairs. There is also arrangement of palki who can't climb on stairs. When we visit aarti is going on & also we didn't get crowd & get-back by same bus to Mumbai. Awesome experience of this journey as it was dazzling.

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Asha Murthy

Asha Murthy5.0/5

2 reviews

Famous temple, nice to visit

About 120 km from Pune is the famous Shiva Temple of Bhimashankar, which is one of the 12 jyotirlinga. Since the roads are good it takes just about 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach this place provided you start early morning to beat the traffic. From Rajgurunagar there are two ways to reach this place take the Wada route it is very picturesque. Specially during monsoon. Carry light woollens during monsoon and raincoat. Wear comfortable footwear. If you wish to stay there are a lot of budget homestays available.

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  • Famous temple, nice to visit
  • Famous temple, nice to visit

Prakhar  Gangrade

Prakhar Gangrade4.3/5

3 reviews

A viewers delight: spirituality and nature in true form

The place is indeed a delight, one of the most underrated place yet being a complete awesomeness. The best time to visit this is in the month of July-August, situated in the natures lap, holy shrine is a beautiful sight. The nature can be found in the truest form there I would recommend a sunset seeing there. Echo point etc are a delight do carry enough eatables as they are pretty costly near shrine.

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Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan3.2/5

453 reviews

5 headed silver covering the Shivlinga

It is a nice temple. Clean waiting area with chairs. People of the temple are very helpful and friendly. You can go and touch the deity and do arthi and offer flowers. Gangajal is available on purchase. People offer that also. The shops on the way offer all sorts of food and puja articles. During arthi, dumbru and cronch are used. Gives a nice feeling. Daily 7:30 to 8 pm. The arthanarieshwara, Gowrishanker will be seen during abisheka in the mornings 5-6 am.

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Holy Jyotirlinga, Bhimashanker

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Prasad Sonawane

Holy Jyotirlinga, Bhimashanker
Holy Jyotirlinga, Bhimashanker

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Prasad Sonawane

Holy Jyotirlinga, Bhimashanker
Holy Jyotirlinga, Bhimashanker

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Prasad Sonawane

Holy Jyotirlinga, Bhimashanker
Holy Jyotirlinga, Bhimashanker

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Prasad Sonawane

Holy Jyotirlinga, Bhimashanker