Mythological significance of the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga

A Jyotirlinga shrine, Bhimashankar Temple, is located in Maharashtra, 50 km north of Pune, within the Khed Taluka (alias Rajgurunagar). Amidst the Sahyadri Mountains, this small village is in the Ghat region of Shivajinagar (in Pune). In addition to Bhimashankar, the river Bhima originates here, flowing southeast, and eventually merges with the Krishna near Raichur. Besides Trimbakeshwar near Nashik, there are two other Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra: Grishneshwar and Trimbakeshwar. Once Brahma (the Hindu God of creation) and Vishnu (the Hindu God of protection) were engaged in a religious debate about design, according to the Shiv Mahapuran. During His test, Shiva became a huge eternal pillar of light, the jyotirlinga, which penetrated the three worlds. In either direction, Brahma and Vishnu separate to seek the end of light by searching downwards and upwards, respectively. Vishnu, however, conceded defeat by lying that he discovered its lot. During Shiva's appearance as the second pillar of light, he cursed Brahma, saying that He wouldn't be allowed to participate in ceremonies but would continue to worship Shiva throughout eternity. Shiva partially appears from jyotirlinga's partless reality due to Shiva's nature as the jyotirlinga. In this way, jyotirlinga shrines represent places where Shiva appeared as a burning column of light.

A familiar setting:

On the hillside near Bhimashankar, in the hills of Manmad near Bhimashankar, there are sculptures in the Buddha style of Amba-Ambika, Bhootling, and Bhimashankar. Nana Phadanavis built the Hemadpanthi structure with the signature character of a giant bell. Several of the area's tourist attractions can be seen here, including Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, The Origin of River Bhima, Nag Phani, Bombay Point, and Sākshi Vinayak. Located in 130.78 square kilometers of forest, Bhimashankar had declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1985. The botanical diversity and flora diversity at this sanctuary are abundant due to its location in the Western Ghats. It is possible to see wildlife such as birds, animals, insects, and plants. Located in the deep woods is a rare animal called the Malabar Giant squirrel. Near Bhimashankar is the Bhorgiri fort.


From Pune, one can travel via Manchar to Bhimashankar. Wada is an alternative route from Rajgurunagar (alias Khed).

Road links Bhimashankar to Pune after 127 kilometers. The journey from Pune to Khed (Rajguru Nagar), Manchar to Taleghar, and finally to the Bhimashankar temple via private vehicles and taxicabs. Pune has daily state buses that take more than five hours to get there. Every day, some buses travel between the temple and the fair during the Mahashivaratri festival. On the Central Railway route Pune - Mumbai, it is accessible from Karjat. At festivals, only those who would like to go to Bhimashankar on foot use this road since there is no road from Karjat to Bhimashankar.


It appears that demons called Tripurasura drunkenly acquire power throughout. Patal (the Nether World) was swarming with them. They harassed anyone and everyone in Swarg (Heaven), Narak (Hell). There was a lot of fear among the divines). The divines were very scared. As a result, Lord Mahadev Himself came to destroy Tripurasur. Everyone was stunned by his enormous size. Rudravatar terrified Tripurasur. As a result, a fight erupted. The wicked demon was put to death by Lord Shiva, who set free the people of Tribhuvan. Virat (Lord Shankar) was very tired as he embodied a vast hunk. Having returned to the highlands of the Sahyadri mountains to rest, sweat began to pour down his body from His huge body in thousands of streams. Kund, the pond, was the gathering place where all the water gathered. Today, you can still see the site where the Bhima river originates. Bhimakaya Rudra was then invoked thus: "For the sake of saving the good people, stay here forever.” He stayed there as an eternal Jyotirlinga after listening to his devotees.

Praise and worship

In Shravan month, Mondays hold special significance because Shiva rituals take place through Japa (reciting the Panchakshri mantra "OM Namah Shiv"), Abhishek (washing Shiva with milk and water), and Bhajan (sacred song) all reduce negativity. Positive emotions result, resulting in a cleaner environment.

A shrine dedicated to Shiva, Bhimashankar is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Bhimashankar, peeping through the shadows of white clouds, is an idyllic pilgrimage site far from the bustle of urban life. Several rare species of plants and animals abound in the dense forests surrounding the high ranges. The incredible scenery at this location around the local rivers and hill stations is breathtaking as you look out over the Sahyadri Ranges. In Vrindavan, the Bhima River is a tributary of the Krishna River. The Bhima River flows southeast, merging with the Krishna River. Bhimashankar is one of God's most fabulous creations, thanks to its endless stretches of virgin forests, lofty peaks that appear to reach into the heavens, and the whispering waters of the Bhim* River.

The majestic Sahyadris seem to be kept silent by Lord Shiva. Bhimashankar is a trekkers' delight and a traveler’s vacation because of its peaceful solitude and occasional murmur of the cool breeze.


Within walking distance of the Bheem Shankar temple are several tourist attractions. The list includes Mokshagundam, Gyan Kund, Gupta Bhumeshwar, Sarva tirth, Papanasini, aka Teerth, Vyaghrapada Teerth, Sakshi Vinayaka, Gorakhnath Ashram, Daityasamharini Kamalaja devil’s place, Kamalaja lake, Hanuman lake, etc. are worth seeing. It provides an overview of the entire Talahatu Konkan area. A dangerous place, some 3000 feet in altitude, is Kokan Kagar or Nagphani. It's like we're floating in the air. 'Kokan kagar' sanding is extremely difficult to see. It only appears when one lies on the ground outside Kagar that one can see it. While lying prostrate before it, a person needs to hold their feet firmly to remain stable. The chant "Jaya Bheema Shankar Jaya Bheema Shankar'' must be chanted while watching the scary yet beautiful scene.