Bhimashankar

Bhimashankar is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines. Bhimashankar is a beautiful black rock structure built in the Nagara style of architecturei. Important thing is this temple dates back to the mid 18th century. A small path behind this temple goes to a natural Shivlinga in the riverbed, only visible when the water level is low.

Bhimashankar is 128 kms. away from Pune. The route to Bhimashankar is via Manchar. One can go to this place, full of natural beauty and lovely scenery, and be back to Pune in one day. Bhimashankar is a good paradise for nature lovers, trekkers, jungle lovers and bird watchers. It is recommended to visit the place for at least 2/3 days. The best seasons to go to Bhimashankar are monsoon and winter. There 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 generated from their war caused the origin of river Bhima. That is why it is called 'Bhimashankar'.

Interesting Points

Besides the temple, the two picturesque lakes, Kamalja Devi and Hanuman and the highest point, Nagphani is the special interest of tourists. It is exactly shaped as the hood of the snake. Tungi Padar and Peth forts just below and the Matheran Range is visible in the distance.

When to go

While thousands gather in this temple during Mahashivratri and Tripuri Purnima.