Bhimashankar Temple is situated in Maharashtra and claims the distinction of being one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. Lying at a distance of approximately 128 km from the Pune city, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the Hindu Trinity of Gods. Infact, it is believed that it is the place where Lord rested after the Tripurantaka samharam i.e., the annihilation of Rakshas Tripurasurag. Even the Bhima River flowing near the Bhimshankar Jyotirlinga is said to having a story behind its formation.
Enshrined inside the complex of the Bhimashankar Temple is a Shiva
Lingam, which is approximately 1.5 feet in length. Apart from the
lingam, the temple also enshrines Goddess Kamalaja. The Goddess is
worshipped by the devotees, with as much reverence as Lord Shiva. The
complete legend associated with the temple goes somewhat like this. It
is said that King Kamrupeshwar, the king of Kamrup, was a very ardent
devotee of Lord Shiva. One day, a demon appeared in his kingdom and
started troubling his subjects.
The demon also tried to kill King Kamrupeshwar with his sword. However,
he missed the target and the sword feel on the Shiva Lingam worshipped
by the king. As soon as this happened, Lord Shiva appeared at the site
and killed the demon. It is believed that after killing the demon,
Lord's sweat drops fell to the ground and were transformed into a
stream. The stream later got converted into the Bhima River. Being
situated close to the river, the temple also came to be known as the
Today, this temple is visited by devotees from far and wide. Not only
is it a popular pilgrimage for the Shiva devotees, but also one of the
most magnificent spots in the whole of Maharashtra. For the adventure
enthusiasts, Bhimshankar offers a number of excellent trekking trails.
There is also a wildlife sanctuary situated in its vicinity, where you
can hope to see a wide variety of birds, animals, flowers, plants, etc.
Bird watchers find this place virtually a haven for birds. So, whether
you are a devotee or a nature lover or an adventure buff, Bhimashankar
is definitely the place for you!