Bhimashankar Temple

Bhimashankar Temple

Maharashtra, Pune

Shrine: Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga

Situated in the Sahyadri hills, Maharashtra, Bhimashankar Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples. The temple dates back to 13th century.

Origin: The temple dates back to the 13th century.


According to the legends, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu once had an argument regarding their supremacy. Lord Shiva pierced the three worlds with a huge endless pillar of light, the jyotirlinga, to test Brahma and Vishnu. Shiva asked Brahma and Vishnu to find the end of the Jyotirlinga to prove their supremacy. Both went to find the end of the Jyotirlinga. Eventually, Brahma lied that he had found out the end, while Vishnu conceded his defeat. When came to know the lie of Brahma, Shiva appeared as a second pillar of light and cursed Brahma that he would never find a place in ceremonies, while Vishnu would be worshipped till the end of time. The jyotirlingas are the shrines, where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light. Bhimashankar is one of the 12 Shrines. According to another legend, it is believed that Lord Shiva blessed a demon named Tripurasura and later had to slay him by taking the form of Ardh-Nareshwar (Parvati & Shiva). Bhimashankar gained the name 'Dakinyam Bhimashankaram' from the wives of Tripurasura.

This Temple is part of famous 12 Jyotirlinga Darsan Yatra.


The architecture of Bhimashankar temple is in Nagara style. Style of architecture is an excellent example of skills developed by ancient Vishwakarma sculptors.One of the bells, won by peshvas from Portuguese, can also be seen here.

Darsan Info

Temple timings : 4.30 AM to 8.00 PM
Abhishek Timings Differ on Mondays and special days.

Darsan Dresscode: No dresscode but avoid revealing dresses.


Although, Bhimashankar has a close proximity to Pune, the culture here relates more with traditions of Shaivism. Meditation, is a common practice for the devotees. Overall, the culture is a magnificient amalgamation of Shaivaite traditions with the Maratha culture. Maharashtra has a long tradition of regional deities like khandoba, bhimashankar, etc. Hindu gods take a regional form and traits in Marathi culture and it is exemplified in the local shrine

Language Spoken: Marathi,Hindi

Location and Contact

Shivtirtha, Shri Kshetra Bhimashankar Via-Dimbhe colony, Dist Pune, Maharashtra - 410509

Contact Number : (+91) 9403726339, (+91) 9405162974

Ways to Reach

If not by private vehicles, various State Transport buses ply from different areas of Pune & Mumbai. These buses are available for a modest charge at regular intervals.

Additional Info

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  • ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Dena Bank Atm
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Place Name Jan - March April - June July - Sept Oct - Dec
Max-Temparture 31.6oC 36.4oC 28.5oC 29.6oC
Min-Temparture 13oC 24oC 20.5oC 14.6oC

Temple Rituals

Abhishek, Rudrabhishek, Mahapuja, MahaNaivedya, Laghurudra-Mahanaivedya, Brhaman Bhojan.

Special Rituals

All temple rituals can be booked by devotees, to be performed throughout the year or on auspicious days / periods.

Pooja Timing

Kakada Aarti - 4:30 AM
Nijarup Darhsan - 5:00 AM
Naivedya Pujan- 12:00 PM
Madhyanha Aarti - 3:00 PM
Shringar Darshan - 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Evening Aarti: 7:30 PM

Regular Offerings

Prasadam, Flowers (Especially a wild flower found in the area)


February - Mahashivratri
August - Shravan Mass

  • Near Bus Stand

  • Bhimashankar Bus Station
  • Nearby Airport

  • Pune
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Pune
  • Taxi Stand

  • Matheran Taxi Stand

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