The pilgrimage Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is a holy shrine where existence of lord Shiva is embodied in the stony or concrete structure of Jyotirlinga. Jyotirlinga symbolizes pillar of light that justifies the infinite yet most powerful existence of Lord Shiva. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga unveils the historical interpretation observed by Saint Gyaneshwar who visited Trymbakeshwara and Bhimashankar as referred to the literature of 13th century CE.
Location: Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is situated 50 Km northwest of Khed district near Pune in the Ghat region of Sahayadri hills. River Bhima flows nearby this shrine which ultimately merges with river Krishna near Raipur.
The interesting legend related to Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga goes on revealing the historical account dating with the era of ‘Satyug’ when Lord Rama killed cruel Ravana. After that, once, the only son of Kumbhakarna (younger brother of Ravana) – Bhima inquired about his father to his mother Karkati. However, human along with all deities began to tremble or shiver due to his cruel devilish traits parting heads of innocents in rage. But internally, his soul was tormented due to lack of information regarding his father and deserted life. On being asked stubbornly to his mother by Bhima, his mother unfolded the truth of his father’s death by the hands of Lord Vishnu’s embodiment Lord Rama. Enviously, he became outrageous on being listened the fact of his father’s massacre. He decided to take revenge with Lord Vishnu since he was burning in the fire of rage. He pleased Lord Brahma via severe penance and was blessed with immense and extraordinary powers. It was proven as the fatal mistake of Lord Brahma since he conquered heaven after defeating lord Indra, put Kamrupeshwara – ‘the staunch devotee of lord Shiva’ into cage and troubled various saints and seers while they indulged in devotional rituals. All deities, together, urged Lord Shiva for rescuing them from despotic tyranny of demon Bhima at which lord Shiva assured them for sure help at the mean time. But the bridge of Shiva’s patience was broken as cruel Bhima struck his sword to kill Kamrupeshwara. Fiery Shiva stood as a concrete wall before him and terrible battle outburst in full flow of his power. Lord Narada beseeched before Mahadev to end this blood shedding tyrannical war. The request was granted as mighty Bhima was smeared into ashes by lord Shiva. Thus, lord Shiva transformed into the shape of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga to be there forever.
- Architectural style: Nagara Style or town style.
- Location of Swyambhu Jyotirlinga: At the centre of Garbhagriham.
- Pillars: Divinities, scenes from mythology along with human beings are intricately carved on the pillars and doorframes of the temple.
- Idols: The idol of Nandi-the vehicle of Lord Shiva at the entrance.
- Gopura- Shikharam wasbuilt by Nana Phadnavis(the great Maratha ruler).
- Shani Temple is built inside the complex structure of main Bhimashankar temple between two pillars of outside it a Portuguese bell is hung.