Dakini – Bhimashankar

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Dakini – Bhimashankar Jyotirling

Dakini – Bhimashankar Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva, located 50 km from Khed, 127km from Pune.1-dakini-bhimashankar-jyotirlingam

  • Located in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills.
  • Bhimashankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna river near Raichur.

Contact Info

Shri Kshetra Bhimashankar

Khed, Pune, 410509

Web: http://bhimashankar.net.in

Email: ganesh@bhimashankar.in
Phone:

Mobile : 9421057723 (Arun Gawande)
Mobile : 9403726339 (Mahesh Gawande)
Mobile : 9405162974 (Yogesh Gawande)

 How to reach

  • Nearest airport is Pune – 127 km.
  • Nearest Railway stations is Pune
  • Sangamner is 59 km.
  • Ghodegaon is 47 km

Government MSRTC buses (non luxury) run from Pune to Bhimashankar every 30 minutes from 5:30 am till 4:00 pm. You can get State Transport buses from Shivajinagar, Pune. It takes around 3–4 hours to reach there from Pune.

Accommodation

  • Pilgrims usually stay here for three days. The local upajjhayas (priests) make arrangements for the lodging and boarding of pilgrims at a small cost.
  • Visitors are accommodated in either temporary hutments or in dharamshalas near the village. There are several hotels near Bhimashankar.
  • Places like Shinoli and Ghodegaon are good for staying near Bhimashankar.

Visit times

  • The best time to visit is between August and February to avoid summer heat.
  • Bhimashankar is a good paradise for nature lovers, trekkers, jungle lovers and bird watchers. The best seasons to go are monsoon and winter.

History

  • Bhimashankar is the source of the Bhima River, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna River. With endless stretches of virgin forests, lofty peaks that seem to reach out to the heavens, and the whispering waters of the Bhima River, Bhimashankar is definitely one of God’s choicest creations.
  • It seems as if Lord Shiva is keeping a silent vigil over the majestic ranges of the Sahyadris. The serenity interrupted only by the silent murmuring of the cool breeze and the occasional chirping of birds, Bhimashankar is a trekker’s delight and a traveler’s sojourn.
  • This is Swayambhu Lingam (that is the self emanated Shiva Lingam).
  • It can be seen in the temple that the Lingam is exactly at the centre of the floor of the Garbagriham (the Sanctum Sanctorum).
  • As with other Shiva temples in this area, the sanctum is at a lower level.
  • One comes across an ancient huge Portuguese bell. Behind the temple.

This temple is closely associated with the legend of Shiva slaying the demon Tripurasura associated with the invincible flying citadels Tripuras. Shiva is said to have taken abode in the ‘Bhima Shankara’ form, upon the request of the Gods, on the crest of the Sahyadri hills, and the sweat that poured forth from his body after the battle is said to have formed the Bhimarathi river.

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