Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Maharashtra
You find many wild lives in the forest area and known for lions. There are also innumerable medicinal herbs. It is said that lions from the forests come to shrine every night and take lords blessings.
There is a famous story that there was a demon named Tripurasura who did penance of meditation to please Lord shiva and get a boon of immortality. Pleased with his worship, lord blessed him to attain immortality on a condition that he will use his powers for the welfare of people. As time lapsed he forgot the condition and started showing his nature and started harassing people, saints, hell, heaven and other worlds. In order to stop him, Lord Shiva took the form of “Rudravatar”, Tripurasura feared seeing the form of hunk, there was a Faeroes battle and lord rudra killed the demon. Tired with the battle, there were streams of sweat coming out of the body and the collection of sweat turned out as a pond and was called as Bhima. Devotees pledged Lord Bhimashankar to reside here forever and bless them.
Architecture of the temple:
Chimaji Appa who is well known military commander and who liberated west coast from the clutches of Portuguese rulers collected two unique roman style bells. One of it was presented to the temple and is placed in front of the temple.
A big fete is performed on Maha Shivaratri and on regular days you find Rudrabhishek and Panchamrit snan. As we all know Lord Shiva likes abhisheka.
As the temple is surrounded with forest, it is filled with full of nature beauty.
Kamalaja temple, incarnation of goddess Parvathi. It is said that goddess Kamalaja was worshipped by Lord Brahma by offering lotus flowers.
Some other places to be visited are Hanuman Lake, Mokshakund, SarvaAteerth, Vyaghrapada Teerth, Papanasini, Sakshi Vinayaka et...
It is well connected with Mumbai and Pune. You find government buses floating to Bhimashankar temple for every 30 minutes from Pune, approximately its 160 km.
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