A popular “Jyotirlinga” temple known as “Bhimashankar” is located in the Khed taluka (near Pune) in Maharashtra. This temple also happens to be the source of River Bhima. It is also one among the few Jyotirlinga temples that exist in the state as of today. Important travel information related to this “Jyotirlinga” pilgrimage site is as follows.
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a. Best time to visit Bhimashankar Temple:
The ideal time to visit this temple possessing religious significance is during the winter months from October to March when the climate is extremely pleasant with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 30 degree Celsius to a minimum of 13 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Bhimashankar Temple?
Bhimashankar Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest railway station to this temple is located in Pune. The Pune Railway Station is well connected to major cities and towns in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to Bhimashankar Temple the starting points located in close proximity are Mumbai and Pune.
a. How to reach Bhimashankar Temple from Mumbai : The shortest route to reach Bhimashankar Temple from Mumbai is via MH SH 54 and Bengaluru – Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai – Pune Hwyas depicted in the map above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.
b. How to reach Bhimashankar Temple from Pune : The fastest route from Pune to Bhimashankar Temple is via MH SH 54 and NH60 and the route map is depicted above. Alternatively, click on the Google Maps link here to view on Google Maps.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is located in Pune. The Pune Airport is well connected to major cities in the country such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochi etc.
c. Religious significance:
This temple is one among the few temples in the state that possesses Lord Shiva’s jyotirlinga. According to a myth this temple is closely linked to Lord Shiva destroying a demon named Tripurasura. Yet another legend states that there was a battle between Bhima, the arrogant and vengeful son of Kumbhakarna (younger brother of Ravana) and Lord Shiva. During this battle Shiva destroyed Bhima and on the requests made by Gods and holy sages he then took the form of “Bhimashankara Jyotirlingam”. It is also said that the sweat that poured out from Lord Shiva’s body during the battle is what eventually formed the Bhimarathi River.
Accommodation – Hotels, Resorts and Home Stays in and around Bhimashankar Temple :
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