In this post, we would be describing to the readers, a complete guide to Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Maharashtra which is one of the most pious devotion centers for Lord Shiva. This post is also based on Spiritual India.
Karpoor Gauram Karummaavataram Sandar Saaram Bhugendra Haaram Sadaa Vasantam Hridyaarvinde Bhavam Bhavaami Sahitam Namaami
// I bow to Lord Shiva, the omnipresent //
Guide to Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Maharashtra
Jyotirlingas are special shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva since ancient times. Out here Lord Shiva is worshiped in the form of a Jyotirlinga (Lingam of light). There are 12 Jyotirlingas in India.
Location of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga
Bheemashankar Jyotirlinga, situated in the extreme end of the Sahyadri mountain range, provides the devotee a enticing view of the world around. Surrounded by dense forests all around, the shrine is situated in a small village nestled high up in the Western Ghats. In the earlier days it was a very strenuous journey to reach this shrine but now there is a permanent vehicular road to reach the shrine.
About Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga
In this section of the post on Guide to Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Maharashtra, we look at the legend of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga. In order of precedence this is at six within the 12 Jyotirlingas The legend states that there used to be a demon named Tripurasur who was killed by Lord Shiva by manifesting into a gigantic stature with the assistance of Goddess Parvati and from the sweat of his body originated the river Bheema which transverses through Maharashtra and Karnataka before finally merging with the Krishna river hundreds of miles away.
Description of Bhimashankar Temple
In this section of Guide to Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Maharashtra, we would be describing the main temple. The temple complex is quite simple in nature with no major embellishments, there is a small tank where the devotee can take a bath before entering the main shrine. The sculptures of Lord Ganesh and Kaalbhairva stand guard at the entrance of the main sanctum while the sculpture of the Tortoise and Nandi are directly ahead of the inner sanctum where the idol is located. The devotee prays to Nandi prior to proceeding into the inner sanctum .
There is also a shrine dedicated to Lord Shani outside the main temple along with a huge bell believed to have been installed by Lord Shivaji. An air of simplicity out here or maybe because I visited the place at an odd time that I felt the paucity of crowds giving a very pleasant and simple vibes all around.
Small shops selling numerous artifacts related to the temple as well as sweetmeats for the various visitors. Few basic places to stay here overnight if one wishes to, though I would not recommend a drive in the dark on the way back because the road is narrow and totally mountainous. It is said that the surrounding region has got a substantial population of leopards and other wild animals which is perfectly understandable given the remoteness of the place.
I took part n the evening and morning aarti (prayers ). Spent my time sitting inside the main shrine and even now as I close my eyes I am transported back to the vibes that I experienced out there on that day as I sat in the presence of the Lord himself .
Guide to Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Maharashtra-FAQ
|How to Reach||127 kms from Pune|
|Road condition||Single carriage roads|
|Nearby visit||Shivneri Fort|
|Temple timings||0430 to 2100 hrs|
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