Bhimashankar is the most popular shrine near Pune in Maharashtra nestled in the Ghats of the Sahyadri hills. This important religious temple near Bhorgiri just one hundred twenty five km from Pune keeps special importance among the twelve Jyotirlinga’s spread all across India. Along with holding a reputation of a spiritual place, it is one of the most favored tourist destination blessed with bounty of nature. It attracts hordes of tourists including leisure and adventure tourists who are interested in spending a day in the lap of nature. The dense forests of the region provide ample opportunity to view some of the beautiful birds of the region. The temple received its name from the river Bhima and the presence of Shankar in the region.
Mention of Bhimashankar temple is made in the literature dating back to 13th Century. This graceful temple is the best example of Nagara style of architecture somewhat influenced by Indo Aryan style of architecture. The original temple was built on Swayambhu Lingam which was placed at the center of the basement called Gabhara. The Gabhara is surrounded by explicit carvings on the doors, walls and the pillars of the temple. These carvings and painting describe some of the incidents of the mythological legends. The temple shows close adherence to the legend of Shiva slaying down the demon Tripurasura. After the slaying of the demon lord Shiva took abode in Bhimashankar. There is a small shrine dedicated to lord Shani in the vicinity of the main temple. Nana Phadanvis the Maratha emperor built the Gopura-Shikharam of this temple. If you go to the backside of the temple you will enjoy the beauty of viewing the virgin wilderness only interrupted by the chirping or humming of the birds. Little further you will get excellent glimpses of the mountains and the forts in the surrounding region. This is the place where spiritual excellence is blended with the nature’s splendor giving rise to a paradise settled in the calm of the Sahyadris.
Whenever you are on a tour of this place near Shirdi, you can take a halt at the abode of the great saint in Shirdi. Shirdi to Bhimashankar is hardly a four hours drive. Our hotel Sai Sahavas at Shirdi located near the Sai temple will prove to be a convenient place, providing you many extra services apart from the splendid accommodations and a multi cuisine food to match tour taste.