Bhimashankar is the sixth Jyotirling in the series of Dwadasha Jyotirlingas. The temple is very old and surrounded by a scenic nature with green forest. The place is totally surrounded by dense forest which is also considered as the wild life sanctuary by Indian Government. This hill region is called Sahyadri and situated at a distance of 125Kms from Pune. This forest is also called Khed. The temple is located at Dakini hill (Shikharam). Nana Padnis of Peshwa kingdom has improved this place to a great extent and built the beautiful temple.
Importance of the place
In this temple, Lord Eshwara is shown in Half man and Half woman (Ardha Narishwara) form. There is a continuous water flow from this Jyotirlinga, which is the speciality of this place.
Some more places of interest here are, Kamalaja Devi temple, origin of Bhima river, Bombay point and Hanuman temple. In Pune city, Kelkar museum, Goddess Parvati temple are important. Nearer to this city, Mahabaleshwar, Kolhapur can be visited. Shri Mahalaxmi temple is very famous in Kolhapur. This temple is considered as one of the Shakti peetha.
How to reach Bheemshankar
Nearest Air port is Pune
Nearest Railway station is Pune
Only bus transport is available to Bhimshankar from Pune. Central bus stand is nearer to railway station. Buses to Bhimshankar are run from Shivaji Nagar bus stand in Pune. This Bus stand is about 2Kms from Central bus stand. City buses are available to reach Shivaji Nagar bus stand. Auto richshaw facility is also available. Bhimshankar is 125Kms from Pune via Manchar. Manchar is 57Kms from Pune on National Highway 50. The first bus starts at 5.15am from Pune to Bhimashankar.