Bhimashankar Temple is a Jyotirlinga place of worship situated 50 km northwest of Khed, close to Pune, in India. It is situated 127 km from Shivaji Nagar (Pune) in the Ghat area of the Sahyadri hills. Bhimashankar is the source of the river Bhima, which streams southeast and consolidations with the Krishna river close to Raichur. The other Jyotirlinga shrines in Maharashtra are Vaidyanath close to Parli Dist Beed, Trimbakeshwara close to Nashik and Grishneshwar close to Ellora around Aurangabad,nagnaath in Aundh constructed by Pandav siblings in one night amid their exile.
The Bhimashankara temple is a composite of old and the new structures in the Nagara style of construction architecture. It demonstrates the excellency of the skills accomplished by ancient Vishwakarma stone workers. It is a modest yet elegant temple and it goes over to thirteenth century and the sabhamandap created in the eighteenth century by Nana Phadnavis. The shikhara was cunstructed by Nana Phadnavis. The extraordinary Maratha king Shivaji is said to have made blessings to this temple to encourage worship services. Similarly as with other Shiva temples here, the sanctum is at a lower level.
Despite the fact that the structure here is genuinely new, theshrine Bhimashankaram (and the Bhimarathi river) have been referred to in literature dating back to the thirteenth century CE. Saint Jnaneshwar is said to have gone to Tryambakeshwar and Bhimashankar. An extraordinary chime (Roman style) can be seen before the temple which was given by Chimaji Appa (Brother of Bajirao Peshwa I and uncle of Nanasaheb Peshwa). Chimaji Appa gathered five vast bells after he won in war against the Portuguese from Vasai Fort. He offered one here at Bhimashankar and the others at Menovali close Wai before a Shiva Temple on the banks of the Krishna river, Banshanker temple( Pune), Omkareshwar Temple( Pune) and Ramlinga temple ( Shirur).
There are Buddha style carvings of Amba-Ambika, Bhootling and Bhimashankar in the hills of Manmaad close Bhimashankar at a height of 1034 meters. A huge bell in Hemadpanthi structure constructed by Nana Phadanavis is a specific feature of Bhimashankar. Sights that can be visited by in are Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Origin of River Bhima, Nag Phani, Bombay Point, Sakshi Vinayak and a many more. Bhimashankar is a reserved timberland territory of 130.78 km2 was announced as wildlife life sanctuary in 1985. This sanctuary is a part of Western Ghat, so it is rich in floral and faunal assorted qualities. An assortment of birds creatures,animals, creepy crawlies, plants can be seen. A rare creature Malabar Giant squirrel mainly called as ” Shekaru” can be found in profound woods. Bhimashankar is a good place to visit forest lover and trekkers as well as for pilgrims. This temple is exceptionally well known in Pune and individuals from all around the globe come to visit this temple.
Bhimashankar is an aged holy place, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. Far from the tumult of the urban life, peeping through the white warm clouds, Bhimashankar can be termed a pioneer pilgrim. The thick jungle encompassing the high ranges are a house for rare species of flora and fauna. Located at the great end of the Sahyadri Ranges, this spot gives a brilliant view of the world around the rivers, and hill stations.
Bhimashankar is the wellspring of the Bhima River, which streams southeast and consolidations with the Krishna River. With unlimited extends of virgin timberlands, grandiose crests that appear to contact the sky, and the whispering waters of the Bhima River, Bhimashankar is without a doubt one of God’s choicest manifestations.
It appears to be as though Lord Shiva is keeping a quiet vigil over the magnificent scopes of the Sahyadris. The peacefulness interfered with just by the noiseless mumbling of the cool wind and the intermittent tweeting of flying creatures, Bhimashankar is a trekker’s pleasure and a voyager’s stay.