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Bhimashankar temple



Bhimashankar temple


Via Dimbhe Dam Colony Dist Khed taluka, Maharashtra 410509

Bhimashankar Temple, located amidst beautiful mountain ranges in the Indian state of Maharashtra, is an iconic Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Shiva. This holy temple holds immense importance in Hinduism and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, which are considered to be self-manifested representations of Lord Shiva. The significance of Bhimashankar Temple is deeply rooted in mythology. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Shiva took the form of Bhima (a monstrous form) to kill the demon Tripurasura. The unique architectural style of the temple and the glory of God attracts the devotees. Devotees undertake pilgrimage to Bhimashankar to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva for spiritual growth, well-being, and liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The location of the temple within the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary adds a touch of natural beauty to the spiritual journey. The celebrations at Bhimashankar on Maha Shivratri take place on a grand scale, attracting pilgrims and devotees who participate in prayers and rituals throughout the night. The sacred energy and lush green surroundings of the temple make it an important place to find divine solace and establish a connection with Lord Shiva.

Mythological History:

Lord Shiva's Linga is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. These Jyotirlingas are self-manifested forms of Lord Shiva, unlike the Lingas installed by humans. It is said that these Jyotirlingas were there when Shiva appeared as a fiery pillar of light. The Bhimashankar Linga is at a lower level than the ground in the main sanctum. The top of the Linga is divided by a narrow channel into the Linga. Each half of the linga symbolizes Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord appears in the form of "Ardhanarishwar" in Bhimashankar temple. According to beliefs, water has been continuously flowing from the Linga since time immemorial.

The famous religious center Bhimashankar Temple is situated on a mountain called Sahyadri, about 100 kilometers away from Pune in Maharashtra. This place is about 120 miles from Nashik. This temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas found in India. Situated at a height of 3,250 feet, the Shivalinga of this temple is quite thick. Therefore it is also known as Moteshwar Mahadev. A river named Bhima also flows near this temple which joins the Krishna river. People consider the Bhima River sacred because it is believed that this river is the sweat of Lord Shankar (Shiva) when he defeated the demon Tripurasura. It is believed in the Puranas that the devotees who pay obeisance to this temple every morning before the Sun After leaving, he visit this temple while chanting the names of 12 Jyotirlingas, the sins of his seven births are removed and the path to heaven opens for him.

We find mention of the story of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga in Shivpuran. According to the story related to the establishment of this Jyotirlinga in Shivpuran, Kumbhakarna's son Bhima was unaware of the secret of his father's death. He was not aware that his father had died at the hands of Lord Shri Ram. The reason behind this is that Bhima was born after the death of Kumbhakarna. Bhima's mother gave him all the information regarding the death of Kumbhakarna.

After knowing all this, he became very angry at Shri Ram and became eager to kill him. The vengeance for his father's death was visible in his eyes in such a way that now he was willing to kill Lord Shri Ram at any cost. To fulfill his demonic objective, he now started doing penance. Bhima performed that penance for many years. Lord Brahma was so pleased with Bhima's severe penance that he even blessed him to be victorious. Thus, as soon as Bhima obtained the boon of victory, he became even more despotic and fearsome. Now not only humans but all the gods of the heavenly world started being afraid of him. Whoever Bhima fought with, he won. Due to his terror, the demon Bhima stopped worship services everywhere. Due to this, all the gods became more worried. Now he could only look to Lord Shiva to find a solution to his problem. All the gods came to Lord Shiva in a worried state and told him the whole story of the terror being created by Bhima on the earth and the gods.

Lord Shiva, after listening to the deities, immediately got ready for war. Now the war between demon Bhima and Lord Shiva started. Even though Bhima had received the boon of victory, he was still weak in front of any divine power. In this way, Lord Shiva fought a fierce battle with the demon Bhima defeated him, and reduced him to ashes.

When Lord Shiva conquered Bhima, all the gods rejoiced and requested him to install a Shivalinga there. Lord Shiva accepted the humble request of the gods and established himself there in his formless Jyotirlinga. This Shivlinga is today known as Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga.

Some of the festivals celebrated in Bhimashankar Temple are: Mahashivratri: A huge fair is organized for five days in late February or early March as a mark of respect to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this day. Was. This day is famous for rigorous puja, bhajan, and Abhishek. Thousands of people come to the small town to witness this glorious festival. It is said that Pradosh is also celebrated here.

Kartik Purnima: This day falls anytime between November and December. On this day, Lord Shiva destroyed the demon kingdom of Tripura in all three worlds.

Ganesh Chaturthi: This festival falls in August or September with great enthusiasm and cheer. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Diwali: This festival falls in October-November. People decorate the entire temple with lamps and priests perform special pujas for Lord Shiva throughout the day.

Timing Of Temple:

Bhimashankar Temple is open for devotees every day from 04:30 AM to 09:30 PM. Here pujas and prayers are held from time to time - Kakra Aarti at 04:30 AM, Nijroop Darshan at 05:00 AM, Regular puja, Abhishek at 05:30 AM, Naivedya puja (No Abhishek inside)Regular puja, Abhishek starts at 12:30 PM, Midday Aarti (no darshan for 45 minutes) 03:00 PM, Shringaar darshan (no abhishek inside) 04:00 PM - 09:30 PM, and Aarti The doors of the temple are closed at 07:30 PM and then at 09:30 PM.

The services and pujas held at Bhimashankar Temple are:

Rudrabhishek: This puja is for Lord Shiva who is worshiped by devotees in the form of Agni or Rudra. By worshiping all sins are erased and the environment is purified. It also removes all types of planetary inauspiciousness. Mondays of the month, as well as Pradosham days, are ideal for performing the puja.

Laghurudra Puja: This anointment is done to solve the problems related to health and wealth. It also removes the bad effects of planets in the horoscope.

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