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Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is situated in the north of Pune, on the Sahayadri, by the banks of the river Bhima. It is from here that the Bhima River flows. It is believed that Lord Shiva was pleased by the devotion of a king named Bhimak of the sun Dynasty and is called the Jyotirlinga in the place. But according to the Shiv Purana the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is situated on the Mountain Brahmapur, district Kamrup of Assam. Lord Shiva had incarnated so that he could destroy the demons and protect his devotees and for the welfare of one and all.

It is believed that once upon a time in the place called Kamrup a great devotee by the name of King Kamrupeshwar would reside. He would be constantly abandoned in the worship of Shiva. During the same a demon named Bhima emerged and started harassing the people. He had heard many a things about the sublime devotion of Kamrupeshwar. He wanted to kill King Kamrupeshwar. No sooner he attacked the king absorbed in worship, his sword fell on the linga instead of the king. Instantly Lord Ashutosh appeared and destroyed Bhima along with his army.

Bhimashankar, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas Temples, can certainly be termed as a Pilgrim Paradise. The dense forests surrounding the high ranges also play an abode to the rare species of flora and fauna. Situated at the extreme end of the Sahayadri Ranges, this place gives a wonderful view of the world around you, the forts, the rivers and the hill stations around.

Holy Jyotirlinga

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The temple of Bhimshankar has been there from the 18th century. The temple has one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India. The temple is the good place for trekkers, bird watchers and photographers. The temple was built by Nana Fadnis. The architecture of the temple depicts the Indo Aryan and the Nagra style of designs. The twelve Jyotrilinga shrines which are popularly known as the Dwadasa Jyotirlingas. These shrines are considered to be very holy for the Hindus. The 12 Jyotrilingas are spread in different parts of India.

Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the state of Maharashtra. This Sanctuary houses the Jumbo size Indian Squirrel and many other animals and birds. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 120 sq km on the Western Ghats in the Sahyadri Ranges. The area receives heavy monsoon rainfall. It is a very popular weekend getaway from nearby cities. The valley is a fantastic combination of shrubs, magical herbs and plants of different varieties. The Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at a height of 2100 to 3800 feet.

Trekking

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The Sahyadri, with their furrowed shape, stony mountains and elevations, historic hill fortresses, vast lakes and broad forest region are a practical heaven for trekking. The hill promises outdoor adventure to all lovers of dangerous undertaking. Rains in the Sahyadris are great and the weather during the rainy season is the best time for trekking. Hiking also has special charm on these mountains. This mountain gives ample chance for rock climbers to gain experience in rock climbing. The route is equally enjoyable to both beginners and experienced climbers.

Surface
Easiest way to reach Bhimashankar Temple by road is to drive from Pune along the Pune - Nasik highway and turn off at Manchar, situated around 65 km from Pune. Bhimashankar is around 68 km from Manchar. (Driving route will be like this > Pune - Rajguru Nagar - Manchar - Ghodegoan - Bhimashakar)

Train
Karjat Railway Station, managed by the Central Railways, is the nearest railhead to reach Bhimashankar Temple is at Pune. The temple can be reached from Karjat on the Pune - Mumbai section of the Central railway.

Air
Pune Lohegaon Airport is the nearest airport.

Blue Mormon Resort

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Post Karpudi Bhimashankar, Pune, Maharashtra - 412407, India.

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