It is a unique Jyotirlinga shrine located 50 km from Pune, Maharashtra is also the source of the River Bhima, which flows southeast to merge with the River Krishna near Raichur.

The Temple has an ancient architecture with Nagara style though it modest yet holds much prominence. The surviving ancient structure dates back to the 13th century while the Court Yard was built in the 18th century by Nana Phadnavis.

The Temple received much of its everlasting funds from the great Maratha ruler Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj made great endowments. The sanctum sanctorum is at the ground level unlike the Khandoba temples in Maharastra.

It is said that Ascended Master Saint Jnaneshwar visited Trimbakeshwar and Bhimashankar.

A distinctive bell of Roman style can be seen in front of the temple, engraved with an idol of Mother Mary with Jesus Christ, holds the devotees in awe as it depicts the unity of diverse cultures. This large bell was presented by Chimaji Appa, the brother of Bajirao Peshwa I and uncle of Nanasaheb Peshwa.

Bhimashankar is lovably embraced by a reserved forest area in the Western Ghats, was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1985. It is also called The Pilgrim’s Paradise with its enchanting flora and Fauna.

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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