Situated on the banks of Chandrabhaga River in Pune district, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 jyotirlingas that are spread all across India. This jyotirlinga here resides inside the Bhimashankar Temple. The Bhimashankar Temple is a popular Hindu pilgrim spot, surrounded by expansive picturesque beauty in the form of beautiful meadows, hills, and other essence of mother nature. In fact, the place is often regarded as a ‘’Pilgrim’s paradise’’ because of the serene and religious ambiance that it has to offer to the tourists and pilgrims.
Bhimashankar was known to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva himself. The temple’s architecture is a fine blend of ancient and modern Nagara style, and its foundation stones were laid in an era as early as the 13th century. However, it was only in the 18th century that the main mandap of the temple was built.
Later, the founder of the Maratha Empire, Shivaji made a list of endowments to the temple, in order to facilitate the worshipping patterns of the devotees and other visitors. It is the Bhimashankar Temple that serves as the source point for the River Bhima as it flows south east from here, merging further with the holy Krishna River near Raichur. The area around the Bhimshankar Temple is surrounded by a variety of Buddha style carvings of Bhootling, Amba- Ambika, as well as Lord Bhimashankar himself at a height of approximately 1034 meters. Another place of attraction for tourists nearby is the Bhorgiri Fort which stands pretty close to the Bhimshankar Temple.
Other than religious aspects, the place makes a wonderful destination for those fond of jungles and who hold a knack for trekking. Some of the other places that tourists can visit during their religious journey to the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga are the Hanuman Lake, the Bombay Point, the origin of River Bhima, the Nag Phani, as well as the Sakshi Vinayak among other places. In fact, there is also another shrine near the Bhimashankar Temple, known as the Kalamaja Shrine, dedicated to a local tribal goddess, who is dedicated to a tree known as Kalamb.
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