Bhimashankar – A Jyotirlinga Pilgrimage
Bhimashankar (2500+ ft asl) is located 65 kms from Pune and is home to Bhimashankar Shiva Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India. The temple is a black rock structure built in the Nagara style of architecture dates back to the mid 18th century. There is a shrine of Kamalaja (incarnation of Parvati) near the Bhimashankara temple, which is also visited alongwith.
The temple gets a large number of pilgrims visiting on the day of Mahashivaratri. The temple is set around Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, is a popular nature centric getaway and has been a local trekking hub for many years.
Bhimashankar is a day visit option from Pune or can be visited as a part of an itinerary alongwith other Jyotirlinga temple in Maharashtra (Trymbakeshwar near Nashik, Grishneshwar near Ellora, Parli Baidynanath at Parli and Aundha Nagnath near Nanded being the others) or as a part of Ashtavinayak itinerary (Bhimashankar can be clubbed with Lenyadri and Ozhar temples with a 50 kms detour).
Stay Duration: 1 night Season: Throughout the year