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Bhimashankar Temple, Bhimashankar: Know The Significance and Religious Belief

Bhimashankar Temple, Bhimashankar: Know The Significance and Religious Belief

Bhimashankar Temple, Bhimashankar

Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is a very sacred pilgrimage place located at a distance of about 100 km from Pune in Maharashtra and about 223 km from Mumbai. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is an attractive tourist vacation spot located in the village of Bhorgiri in the valley area of Sahyadri Range.

Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 visible Jyotirlingas of Lord Shankar. Surrounded by Bhimashankar Hill, this scenic Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is a place adorned with lush green valleys.

Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is known as a very good place for trekking. Bhimashankar Shankar Jyotirlinga remains a center of attraction for tourists due to the wildlife sanctuary and tourists are drawn in the direction of this enchanting scenic spot. The height of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is about 3250 feet above sea level.


Beautiful Nagada style architecture might be seen in Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, this style is a co-mixture of each new and old. The structure of Bhimashankar reflects the high quality artwork finished by the traditional Vishwakarma sculptors.

There's a stunning unique bell in front of the temple. The statue of Mother Mary together with Jesus is also presented in this bell. Tourists travel from far to see the structure of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga temple.

Based on the legend which came within the scriptures behind Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, the dignity of Kumbhakaran's father was Bhima. Kumbhakaran is said to have found a woman named Karkati on the mountain. It's stated that when Shriram killed Kumbhakaran, Karkati decided to maintain his son away from the walk of the gods. When he grew up, Bhima decided to take revenge from the gods when he came to know the reason for his father's loss of life.

Bhima wanted to avenge his father's slaughter

The Hindu scripture of Hinduism, Shivpuran, has a story about the atrocities and the extermination of the son of Kumbhakarna, brother of King Ravana of Lanka. Kumbakarna's son Bhima was born after his father's loss of life. As a baby, he had no idea that Lord Ram killed his father.

As Bhima grew up, he came to learn about this. He started burning in revenge and vowed to avenge his father's murder. He knew that it was not easy to win the battle with Rama. Due to this fact he did harsh penance and pleased Brahma. Brahma ji granted him the boon of victory.

After this, Bhima used his demonic power to hurt the people. Not only people but additionally gods were affected by his atrocities. There was chaos and distress. The gods finally requested help from Lord Shiva.

Mahadev got the gods liberated here

  • Lord Shiva promised to free the gods from their tyranny and decided to kill him himself.
  • The place where Mahadev killed Bhima became revered for the gods. Everybody prayed to Lord Shiva to appear in the same place as Shivalinga.
  • Lord Shankar also accepted this application of the gods and appeared in the same place as Shivalinga. Since then this place is called Bhimashankar.

A total of 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva are said.

1. Somnath (Gujarat, Saurashtra, sea shore)
2. Mallikarjuna (Andhra Pradesh, near Kurnool)
3. Trimbakeshwar (Maharashtra, near Trimbakeshwar Nashik)
4. Kedarnath (Uttarakhand, in Kedarnath Rudprayag district)
5. Ghritneshwar (near Aurangabad, Maharashtra)
 6. Mahakaleshwar (Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain)
 7. Omkareshwar (Madhya Pradesh, on the banks of the Narmada River)
8. Vaidyanath (in Deoghar of Jharkhand)
9. Bhimashankar (Maharashtra, Bhimashankar)
10. Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram)
11. Nageshwar (Gujarat, Darukavan, Dwarka)
12. Kashi Vishwanath (Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi)

This temple comes on the sixth place within the 12 Jyotirlingas. This Bhimashankar temple falls under Sahyadri mountain in Pune district of Maharashtra state. The same temple has also been told in Udham Singh Nagar in Utrachal state.

One such temple has also been informed in Assam, which is the real one? In this case, Apun does not wish to enter, so it's higher for us to see all. Two rivers named Bhima and Krishna also emerge from this. We had seen only Bhima river.

Story of Jyotirlinga

According to the Shiva Purana, in the past, the son of Ravana's brother Mahabali Kumbhakarna was a great and mighty demon named Bhima. He used to destroy tyrannical faith and persecuted people. Listening to about his mother's father, Bhima thought of teaching a lesson to the gods.

Then Bhima did extreme penance to increase his power more and acquired incomparable force from Brahmaji. After that, boasting of his incomparable force, Bhima started fighting with the gods. After defeating many gods, he campaigned to beat the whole earth.

Throughout this time, he attacked Sudakshin, the king of Kamrup country and a great devotee of Lord Shiva. After defeating Sudakshin in battle, Bhima put him in jail. Even in prison, Sudakshin used to worship Lord Shiva daily.

Impressed by this, the other prisoners within the jail also became devotees of Bholenath and started worshiping him. Somebody told the demon that Sudakshin is worshiping the earth and performing rituals for you. At the same time the demon decided to kill Sudakshin. Lord Shiva appeared as soon as the demon fired a sword at the king upon reaching the jail. Lord Shiva killed the demon in battle.

On the same time, the sage sages praised Lord Shiva and told him that the ghost Shiva! This area is considered very blasphemous, so you can keep here forever with the feeling of public welfare. Bholenath accepted his request and as the Jyotirlinga, he became enthroned.

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