This is a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Lord
Shankara after getting angry killed Rakshas Tripurasura. The heat prodeced from
their war caused the origin of river Bhima. Hence the name Bhimashankar. This
temple was built in the Nagara style of architecture and dates back to the 18th
century. There are influences from the
Indo Aryan style of architecture. It is believed that an ancient shrine was
erected over a Swayambhu Linga or a Self Emanated Shiva Linga. Thus the Linga
is exactly in the centre of the floor of the Garbagriha literally meaning the
Sanctum. Intricate carvings on the pillars and the doorframes of the temple
tell a story and attract many tourists. Bhimashankar is about 128 km away from
Pune. The route to Bhimashankar is via Manchar. One can go to this place and be
back to Pune in one day. Bhimashankar is just the place to be for nature
lovers, trekkers, jungle lovers and bird watchers.
PLACES TO VISIT
The Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary
The Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the state of Maharashtra. This Sanctuary is home for the Jumbo size
Indian Squirrel and many other animals and birds. The sanctuary is spread over
an area of 120 sq km on the Western Ghats in the Sahyadri Ranges.
The area receives heavy monsoon rainfall. It is a very popular weekend getaway.
The valley is an awesome combination of shrubs, magical herbs and plants of
different varieties. The Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a height of
about 2100 to 3800 feet.
The Sahyadri, with their stony mountains and elevations,
historic hill fortresses, vast lakes and broad forest region is a dream come
true for trekkers. The hill promises outdoor adventure to all lovers of challenging
undertaking. The Rains in the Sahyadris is a must watch and the weather during
the rainy season aids best for trekking. Hiking also has a special magic on
HOW TO VISIT?
The closest airport to Bhimashankar is the Pune airport, which
is about 95 km away from Bhimashankar.
The closest railhead to Bhimashankar is Pune that is
well-connected to various cities of Maharashtra and other places in India.
State Bus service connects various parts of the state to
Bhimashankar. Many luxury buses are available from Pune and Mumbai.
WHEN TO VISIT?
Monsoon and winter are the best seasons to visit Bhimashankar.