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mahashivratri 2023, 1200 year old temple, sixth jyotirlinga, how the temple got its name Bhimashankar, read the legend – mahashivratri 2023 pune bhimashankar jyotirlinga story



Pune: Of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India, the sixth Jyotirlinga is Bhimashankar. This religious place of Lord Shankar is famous. Bhimashankar is in Khed taluka of Pune district. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. Bhima River, one of the major rivers of Western Maharashtra, originates in this Jyotirlinga.

Bhimashankar is located on a high mountain in a range extending west from the Sahyadri. Bhimashankar Temple is located deep in dense thickets, forests and high mountains. Nirsga decorated this space freehand. This Hemadpanthi style temple dates from around 1200 to 1400 years ago.

Beautiful carvings can be found on the roof and the pillars of the temple. The carved Dasavatara idols on the temple are linear and beautiful. Outside the auditorium is an iron bell weighing about five mana. Chimaji Appa would have offered this bell. 1729 is written at this time in English. Due to the renovation and new construction of this temple, which is built in the Hemadpanti style, the original temple cannot be seen. The temple’s grand auditorium, the high peak, cannot be seen without descending the hill.

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Shivaji Maharaj, Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj used to visit Bhimashankar here. There are records of Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath also visiting here. Nana Fadnavis had restored this temple with Shikhar. Iron rows were prepared for darshan next to the auditorium. The area is monitored by the installation of modern cameras. Additionally, Shiv Shankar’s darshan in the foyer takes place on the big television.

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What is the legend?

According to an ancient legend, the son of Kumbhakarna was called Bhima. Kumbhakarna met a woman named Karkati on the mountain. Seeing her, Kumbhakarna fell in love with her and eventually they got married. After the marriage, Kumbhakarna left for Lanka, but his wife Karkati remained there. After some time, Karkati gave birth to a son named Bhima. After Sri Rama killed Kumbhakarna in the Ramayana War, Karkati decided to take the boy away from the gods. After growing up, Bhima understood the reason for his father’s death. He then decided to take revenge on the gods.


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Bhima asked Brahma for the benefit of becoming stronger than all by doing severe penance. At that time, a king named Kamrupeshwar was a great devotee of Mahadev. One day seeing the king worshiping Mahadev, Bhima told the king to worship me and not Mahadev. The king did not obey Bhima’s order. This angered Bhima and made the king a prisoner.


The king started worshiping Shivalinga in the prison itself. Bhima was very angry at this and tried to smash the Shivling with his sword. After doing this, Mahadev himself appeared from the Shivlinga. A fierce war took place between Lord Shiva and Bhima. Bhima died in battle. The deities then asked Mahadeva to reside here permanently. After that, Mahadev was installed there in the form of Shivlinga. Due to the battle with Bhima at this place, the name of this place became Bhimashankar.


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