Bhimashankar Temple Pune Maharashtra

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Shivtirtha Bhimashankar Temple near Pune, Maharashtra is one of the 12 Jyothirlinga temples of Lord Shiva in India. Also known as Moteshwar Mahadev, the Bhimashankar Shiv Mandir is located in the village of Bhorgiri around 50 km from Khed in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri Hills. The story behind this temple is Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati underwent a new form known as “Ardha-Narya-Nateshwar” and killed Tripurasura on Kartik Pournima who have achieved the gift of immortality by Lord Shiva. After the death of Tripurasura his wives (Dakini and Shakini) went to Lord Shiva with a question of their existence without Tripurasura. Thus Lord Shiva blessed both of them, with the power of immortality which he did to Tripurasura. Henceforth the realm Bhimashankar is known as “Dakinyam Bhimashankaram”.

Bhimashankara temple is constructed in Nagara style of architecture.

Bhima River originates near Bhimashankar Shiv Temple in the Bhimashankar hills and flows south-east before it merges with Krishna River.

Mahashivratri is most important festival celebrated at the temple. This year, Shivaratri Festival is on March 7, 2016.

Temple Timings

Morning: 4:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Evening: 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Except Monday, Pradosh, Shravan Mass, Mahashivratri – Present Abhisheka (Abhishek inside temple ) till 2.00 PM.
On Monday, Pradosh, Shravan Mass, Mahashivratri – Present Abhisheka (Abhishek inside temple ) till 6.00 PM


How to Reach

Air Port

Lohegaon Airport (PNQ) in Pune is the nearest airport, 125 km away.

Railway Station

Pune Junction railway station, on the Mumbai – Chennai railway line, is the nearest railhead. Station code: PUNE.

Bus Facility

Pune State Transport runs regular bus services from Pune (Shivaji Nagar S.T. Stand) to Bhimashankar Temple.

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