Bhimashankar temple

Bhimashankar temple History, Timings and Pooja details

Bhimashankar temple History

As per the Legend, Lord Siva assumed the gigantic form and killed the demon Tripura. After the rigorous battle, Lord Siva, sat down, streams of sweat running down the body. The Devas and the Rishis gathered around the Lord and there ensued an unending hymn of praise and prayer. Lord Siva was pleased with their prayers and offered to grant whatever boons the devas desired. The Devas requested that he should permanently stay where he sat in his Bhima form and that the streams of sweat should turn into an eternal river. A holy dip in the river will be blessed with Good Punya. The god kept his promise and agreed to have his abode at the spot as Bhimashankar. And the river was to be known as Bhimarathi. A dip in the holy water of this river would wash away all sin and evil and bestow great good.

This temple is situated on a hill of the Sahyadris from which deep gorges descend towards the Konkan strip. This temple is not big, not larger than 45 ft x 20.

As per the local folklore, Once upon a time, a man went to jungles to cut down trees. He raised his axe and struck a tree and blood started gushing out from the cut. The bewildered woodcutter took his cow and milked her so that the milk fell on the cut. The blood stopped rushing out. Next day the fellow went to the place greatly apprehensive from the events of the previous day. Next day the villagers had noticed Siva Linga appeared at the spot where the tree stood. Who later constructed the shrine for the Siva Linga. Temple was built in 1350 AD.

Bhimashankar temple Timings

Morning Hours: 4:30 am – 3:00 pm

Evening Hours: 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm

How to reach Bhimashankar temple?

By Air

  1. The nearest airport is at Pune which is 125 km away.

By Train

  1. The nearest railway station is at Bhimashankar. The direct trains available from Pune, Mumbai, Nashik.

By Road

  1. The direct bus is available from Pune to Bhimashankar Temple at regular intervals. First bus starts at 5:30 am and the last bus will be at 4:00 pm.
  2. From Kalyan bus station, the bus starts at 9:00 am and Ghatkopar station it is at 11:00 am.

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Reference Link: History