Shri Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple

Description of the Diety

Lord Shiva :
Bhīmāshankar is an ancient shrine, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. Far away from the tumult of urban life, peeping through the white clouds, Bhīmāshankar can be termed a pilgrim's paradise. The Idol is form in Linga and It is selfmanifested.

Associated Dieties

Lord Shani Mahātma (also called Shanaeshwara)

Historical information

Bhimashankar in Maharashtra is an ancient Temple; Lord Shiva in form of Bhīmāshankaram is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva Temples in India The Bhimashankar temple is considered as composite of old and new structures in Nagara style of architecture. Exhibits the Excellency of the skills achieved by ancient Vishwakarma sculptors. Modest yet graceful temple construction dates to the 13th century AD, while the sabhamandap was built in the 18th century by ruler known as Peshwa Nānā Phadnavis. The Shikara was built by Peshwa Nana Phadnavis. The great Maratha ruler Chrapathi Shivaji Maharaja is said to have offered endowments to this temple to facilitate worship services. As with other existing Lord Shiva temples in this area, the sanctum sanctorum of this temple is also at lower level.

Although the structure here is fairly new, the shrine Bhīmāshankaram (and the Bhīmārathi River) have been referred to in literature dating to the 13th century CE. Sant Janeshwara is said to have visited Thrayambakeshwar and Bhīmāshankaram. A unique bell (Roman style) can be seen in front of this temple. This bell has an idol of Mother Mary with Jesus. This large bell was presented by Chimaji Appa (Brother of Bajirao Peshwa I and uncle of Nanasaheb Peshwa). On 16 May 1739, Chimaji Appa collected five large bells after he won the war against Portuguese from this Vasai Fort. He offered one bell here at Bhimashankar and the others at Menavali near Wai in front of a Shiva Temple on the banks of the Krishna river, Banshanker temple (Pune), Omkareshwar Temple (Pune) and Ramalinga temple (Shirur)

Significance Of Diety

It is believed that the ancient shrine was erected over Swayambhu Lingam (which is the self-manifested Lord Shiva Lingam). It can be observed that this Lingam is exactly at the center of the floor of the Gharbhagraham (the Sanctum Sanctorum) of this temple. Intricate carvings of divine beings, interspersed with human figurines adorn the pillars and the doorframes of the temple. Scenes from mythology find themselves captured in these magnificent carvings. The Mokshakund Theertha is behind the Bhimashankar temple, which associated with Maharishi Kaushika. There are also the Sarvathīrtha, the Kushāranya Theertha - where the Bhīma River begins to flow eastward to the Jyānakund

Shtala Purama

There was this demon Tripurasura who did penance in this jungle of Bhimashankar very long ago i.e. in Trethayuga, to please Lord Shiva in order to achieve this unique gift of immortality. Lord Shiva, who is specially known for his kindness towards his devotees, was pleased with Tripurasura commitment and penance towards him. Hence Lord Shiva blessed him with this power of immortality with a condition that, ""He should strive in the best interest of people, or he may be sued permanently for violating this condition. With the flow of time, Tripurasura overlooked this condition to which he had abided, and eventually started harassing people as well as other deities. There was total chaos for which all the deities approached and pleaded to Lord Shiva for remedy. Thus in order destroy demon Tripurasura, Lord Shiv prayed to Goddess Parvati (Kamalaja Mata) in order to help him to accomplish this task. Accordingly Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati transformed into a new form which is popularly known as ""Ardha-Narya-Nateshwar"" and killed Tripurasura on Kartika Purnima which is known as ""Tripura Purnima"".

After the death of Tripurasura his wives (Dakini and Shakini) went to Lord Shiva with 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 ""Dakshina Bhīmāshankaram"".

Best Period suggested for visit to this TEMPLE; -
The best period to visit Bhimashankar is between September to February. Also, it is also suggested as good period for those who aspire for adventures sports to visit Bhimashankar in monsoon

Climatic Conditions:
As Bhimashankar is located 3500 feet above MSL, also observes low temperatures as well as heavy showers in the monsoon season.


This temple is closely associated with the legend of Shiva slaying the demon Tripurāsura associated with the invincible flying citadels, the ""Tripurās"". Shiva is said to have taken abode in the 'Bhīmā Shankara' form, upon the request of the Gods, on the crest of the Sahyādrī hills, and the sweat which poured forth from His body after this battle is said to have formed the Bhīmārathi river.

As per the Shiv Mahapuran, once Brahma (the Hindu God for creation) and Vishnu (the Hindu God for protection) had an argument about creation. To test them, Shiva pierced the three worlds as huge endless pillar of light, the jyotirlinga. Vishnu and Brahma split their ways to search downwards and upwards respectively to find the end of the light in either direction. Brahma lied that He found out where it ends, while Vishnu conceded defeat. Shiva appeared as a second pillar of light and cursed Brahma that He would have no place in ceremonies while Vishnu would be worshipped till the end of eternity. The jyotirlinga is the supreme partless reality, out of which Shiva partly appears. The jyothirlinga shrines, thus are places where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light. There are 64 forms of Shiva, not to be confused with Jyotirlingas. Each of the twelve jyothirlinga sites take the name of the presiding deity - each considered different manifestation of Shiva. At all these sites, the primary image is lingam representing the beginningless and endless Stambha pillar, symbolizing the infinite nature of Shiva. The twelve jyothirlinga are Somnath in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh, Mahakaleswar at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnath in Himalayas, Bhīmāshankar in Maharashtra, Viswanath at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Triambakeshwar in Maharashtra, Vaidyanath Jyotirlinga at Deoghar in Jharkhand, Nageshwar Temple at Hingoli in Maharashtra, Nageswar at Dwarka in Gujarat, Rameshwar at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Grishneshwar in Maharashtra.

Do's & Dont's

Dress Code :
There is no restrictions for dress code. it is expected that devotees wear decent dress while visiting this temple.

Temple Timings

  • Morning - 4:30 AM to Night - 9.30 PM

Darshan Timings

  • Morning - 4:30 AM to Night - 9.30 PM.

Seva Timings

  1. Morning Aarti - 4:45 am to 5.00 am
  2. Nijarup (Original shivlinga)darshan - 5:00 am to 5.30 am
  3. Normal Darshans and Abhishekam - 5:30 am to 2:30 pm
  4. No Abhishekam between - 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
  5. Maha Puja (Naivedya Pooja) - 12.00 pm. to 12.30 pm
  6. Afternoon Aarti - 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
  7. Shringar Darshans - 3:30 am to 9:30 pm
  8. Evening Aarti - 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm

(No ""Pradosham"" is done on Mondays or Amavasya (new moon day) or Grahan (eclipse) or Mahashivratri). (In the Hindu months of Karthik and Shravan, there is no Mukut or Shringar Darshans).

Prasad Details/Timings

Available for seva prasada


Shri Kshetra Bhimashankar,
Bhimashankar, Via - Dimbhe Colony,
Khed Taluk,
Pune District,
Pincode - 410509


Bhimashankar Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Shiva at 125 kms from Pune.
Pune 125 Km 3.30 hrs
Mumbai 240 Km 5.30 hrs
Nashik 215 Km 5 hrs
Bus timining :
From Shivajinagar, Pune
5.30am, 6.00am, 6.30am, 7.00am, 7.30am, 8.00am, 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.15am, 12.00pm, 12.30pm, 13.00pm, 14.00pm, 16.00pm
From Kalyan :
From Gahtkopar(Kurla)

Travel Mode

Pune (Shivaji nagar) - 125 km
By Rail :
Pune (Pune station) - 125 km
By Air :
Pune (Lohgaon) - 125 km

Nearby Temples

  1. Datta Mandir
  2. Kamalaja Mata Mandir
  3. Ram Mandir

Surrounding Places to Visit

Bhorgiri fort


There is no accomocation facility provided by the temple trust. There are private rooms available nearby temple, at walking distance.

Private Accomodation



SL.No Sevas / Poojas Amount
Regular Poojas
1 Abhishek  
2 Rudrabhishek  
3 Mahapuja  
4 Mahapuja-MahaNaivedya  
5 Laghurudra  
6 Laghurudra-MahaNaivedya  
7 Laghurudra-MahaNaivedya-Bhrahman Bhojan  
Yearly Poojas
Pooja Archa  
Prati Somvar - 50 Days 2101/-
Prati Pradosh - 25 Days 1101/-
Shavan Mass Pratidin - 30 Days 1151/-
Prati Somvar - 50 Days 3551/-
Prati Pradosh - 25 Days 1751/-
Prati shivratri - 12 Days 901/-
Prati Amavasya - 12 Days 901/-
Shravan Somvar, Somavati Amavasya, Mahashivratri - 7 Days 551/-
Shavan Mass Pratidin - 30 Days 2151/-
Prati Somvar - 50 Days 9001/-
Prati Pradosh - 25 Days 4351/-
Prati shivratri - 12 Days 2151/-
Prati Amavasya - 12 Days 2151/-
Shravan Somvar, Somavati Amavasya, Mahashivratri - 7 Days 1151/-
Shavan Mass Pratidin - 30 Days 5151/-
Prati Somvar - 50 Days 21001/-
Prati Pradosh - 25 Days 9351/-
Prati shivratri - 12 Days 4551/-
Prati Amavasya - 12 Days 4551/-
Shravan Somvar, Somavati Amavasya, Mahashivratri - 7 Days 2651/-
Shavan Mass Pratidin - 30 Days 11551/-

Note :
• Above Pooja will be continued for 1 year from starting date.
• Pooja will be performed on specified days in a year.
• You will get the PRASAD of Pooja once in month.
• If You are interested to do Yearly Pooja then Please contact us..
• Mobile Number : 9970045972

Shashwatha Pooja (For 20yrs)
1 Rudrabhishek 5551/-
2 Mahapuja 7551/-
3 Mahapuja with ‘Mahanaivedya’ 11551/-
4 Shravan Monday & Mahashivratra 15551/-
5 Laghurudra 17551/-
6 Shravan Monday & Mahashivratra 15551/-
7 Laghurudra with Mahanaivedya 21000/-
8 Laghurudra with ‘Brahman Bhojan’ 25551/-

Note :
• Above Pooja will be continued for 20 yrs. from starting date.
• Pooja will be performed on only 1 day in a year, which you mension.
• You will get the PRASAD of Pooja once in year.
• If You are interested to do Shashvat Pooja then Please contact us.
• Mobile Number : 9970045972

Annual Uthsavas

  1. Mahashivratri
  2. Shravan Mass