Bhimashankar Jyotirlingas is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. It is located near Pune (Maharashtra). Bhimashankar is the source of River Bheema, which further flows to join Krishna River in Raichur.
Maharashtra also has other jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, namely Vaidyanath, Trimbakeshwara, Aundha Nagnath and Grishneshwar; so don’t forget to visit all the other shrines while you are planning to visit Bhimashankar.
Going Back to the History
Bhima was a devil and his might terrorized everybody, even gods. He lived in lofty ranges with his mother Karkati. There were several questions that constantly came running on his mind about his own existence and who his father was. He wanted to know why he was confined in the woods. So, he pleaded his mother to answer his questions.
Karkati told him that his father was Kumbhakarana. Now, Kumbhakarana was the younger brother of a well-known devil Raavana. She further told him that he was killed by the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Ram. This made Bhima furious and he pledged to take the revenge. He went under severe penance to please Lord Brahma. The lord bestowed more powers upon him. And Bhima started off creating havoc in the surroundings.
A staunch follower of Lord Shiva, Kamarupeshwar too got tortured by the devil. Bhima ordered Kamarupeshwar to stop worshipping Shiva and worship him instead. He denied and started performing abhishekam in the Shivalinga.
Just as Bheema’s sword was about to strike the devotee, Lord Shiva appeared in front of him and defeated the devil. All the gods who were watching over the war persuaded Shiva to reside here and so he did, in the form of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga.
Best Time to Visit Bhimashankar
Bhimashankar in Summer – From April till July
It is recommended that you avoid visiting Bhimashankar in summer season. During this time temperature goes as high as 40 degrees Celsius.
Bhimashankar in Monsoon – From July till September
Bhimashankar in monsoon can be really unpredictable. There are mild to heavy rain showers here during the monsoon season. But there is a relief from harsh summers and its hotness at this time.
Bhimashankar in Winter – From October till March
This is the best time to visit Bhimashankar. There is mild warmth in the days which makes the pilgrim have darshan with ease. The temperature during this time doesn’t go below ten degrees Celsius.
How to Reach Bhimashankar
Reach By Air : Nearest airport from Bhimashankar is Pune airport, at a distance of 105 km. This airport hosts flights to and from Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai and Kochi. Functional airlines in this airport are Air India Express, Indigo, Kingfisher, Air India and Jet Airways. To reach Bhimashankar, you can board a bus or hire a taxi easily.
Reach By Train : Nearest railway station is Pune Railway Station, at a distance of 111 km. The station is linked to New Delhi, Mysore, Chennai, Puri, Mysore and Jaipur.
Reach By Road : Bhimashankar is well connected to Salgaon, Peth, Rajur, Utchil, Junnar, Bhorwadi,Kasgaon, Murbad and other areas through state and privately owned bus services.
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