Bhimashankar – Religious Place near Pune & Mumbai

Bhimashankar – One of the twelve Jyotirlingas
Bhimashankar, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas is at around 128 km away from Pune and 107 km from Mumbai. You have to reach Bhimashankar via Manchar. It is worth to visit in monsoon and winter when the place is full of natural beauty and lovely scenery around.

It is also the source of the River Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the river Krishna. Here, you can also see Nag Phani, Hanuman lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Origin of Bhima river, Sakshi Vinayak, Bombay point and many more. A big bell in Hemadpanthi structure is one of the special of Bhimashankar which also has an historical significance.

There are no hotels there. The local upadhyayas or priests make arrangements for the lodging and boarding of pilgrims at a small cost. Visitors are accommodated in either temporary hutments or in dharamshalas near the village.

How to reach Bhimashankar

  1. By Air: Nearest Air Port: Pune (Lohgaon) 125KM
  2. By Railway: Nearest Raiway Station: Pune 125KM
  3. By Bus
    1. From Pune (Shivajinagar S.T. Stand): 5.30am, 6.00am, 6.30am, 7.00am, 7.30am, 8.00am, 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.15am, 12.00pm, 12.30pm, 13.00pm, 14.00pm, 16.00pm
    2. From Kalyan: 9.00am
    3. From Gahtkopar (Kurla): 11.00am
  4. By your own vehicle:
Possible Routes Approx. Distance Tent. Time
Pune -> Rajguru Nagar -> Manchar -> Taleghar -> Bhimashankar 125 Km 3.30 hrs
Mumbai -> Talegaon -> Chakan -> Manchar -> Taleghar -> Bhimashankar 240 Km 5.30 hrs
Nashik -> Manchar -> Taleghar -> Bhimashankar 215 Km 5 hrs
Pune -> Chakan -> Rajguru Nagar -> Taleghar -> Bhimashankar
(NOT Recommended)
115 Km 3.30 hrs

Twelve Jyotirlingas
A Jyotirlinga or Jyotirling or Jyotirlingam is a shrine where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam or “Pillar of light”. There are twelve traditional Jyotirlinga shrines in India. Here is list of Jyotirlinga shrines in India

# Jyotirlinga Location State
1 Somnath Prabhas Patan, Saurashtra Gujarat
2 Mallikarjuna Srisailam Andhra Pradesh
3 Mahakaleshwar Mahakal, Ujjain MP
4 Omkareshwar Island in the Narmada River, Omkareshwar MP
5 Kedarnath Kedarnath Uttarakhand
6 Bhimashankar Bhimashankar Maharashtra
7 Kashi Vishwanath Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
8 Trimbakeshwar Trimbakeshwar, Near Nashik Maharashtra
9 Vaidyanath Vaidyanath Jharkhand
10 Nageshvara Near Dwarika Gujarat
11 Rameshwar Rameswaram Tamil Nadu
12 Grishneshwar Near Ellora, Aurangabad Maharashtra

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