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Bhimashankar Temple

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About Bhimashankar Temple

Situated on the banks of Chandrabhaga River in Pune district, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, the Bhimashankar Temple is a popular Hindu pilgrim spot, surrounded by expansive picturesque beauty in the form of beautiful meadows, hills, and another essence of mother nature. The temple is known for its famous jyotirlinga—from where it is believed Lord Shiva can partly be seen through a fiery column of light.

Bhimashankar was known to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva himself. The temple’s architecture is a fine blend of ancient and modern Nagara style, and its foundation stones were laid in an era as early as the 13th century.

However, it was only in the 18th century that the main mandap of the temple was built. Later, the founder of the Maratha Empire, Shivaji made a list of endowments to the temple, in order to facilitate the worshipping patterns of the devotees and other visitors.

Bhimashankar Temple serves as the source point for the River Bhima as it flows southeast from here, merging further with the holy Krishna River near Raichur. Other than religious aspects, the place makes a wonderful destination for those fond of jungles and who hold a knack for trekking.

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