Story of origin of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga

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In today’s blog, we will introduce you to the story of the origin of Bhimashankar Jyotirling.
This wonderful Jyotirling of Mahadev is situated on the Sahyadri Mountains in Kashipur, about 110 km away from Maharashtra District Pune. This temple looks very attractive amidst dense forests. Bhima river flows near this temple which later joins Krishna river. Due to it being very ancient, we find its mention in Shiv Purana. The story of establishment of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is related to the son of Ravana’s brother Kumbhakaran, whose name was Bhim. Kumbhakaran was killed by Lord Rama during his invasion of Lanka. Bhima was not born till then. Bhima’s mother’s name was Karkati. Karkati and Kumbhakaran met on the mountain. After marriage, Kumbhakaran returned to Lanka but Karkati remained on the same mountain. When Kumbhakaran was killed in the battle, Bhima was born and Karkati took him away and went somewhere far away. When Bhima grew up, he came to know the secret of his father’s death. Karkati told that Lord Rama is Vishnu himself, his mother Pushyakashi and father Karkat were killed by Sutiksha Muni, a devotee of Lord Vishnu. When Bhima came to know about this, he was filled with anger and decided to defeat Lord Vishnu. He did penance to Lord Brahma for 1000 years. Brahma ji was pleased with his penance and asked him to ask for a boon. Bhima asked for the boon of becoming invincible and also becoming the most powerful. Because of the boon he had become powerful. He first defeated Indra and then after defeating all the gods, he also defeated Shri Hari. Intoxicated, Bhima came to earth and created havoc all around. He started saying, I have defeated your Vishnu, now I am your God, you worship me. He captured King Kama Rupeshwar, a Shiva devotee. Kama Rupeshwar was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. Staying inside the prison, he built a mortal Shivalinga and started worshiping it as per the rituals but Bhima did not like it, he wanted to break the Shivalinga.

As soon as he raised his sword towards the Shivalinga, Lord Shiva himself appeared from the Shivalinga. There was a war between Shiva and Bhima, the lord of the universe.

After Lord Shiva killed the demon Bhima, all the gods including Shri Hari and Brahma came to that place and prayed to Lord Shiva to stay at this place forever for the welfare of the people. Since then the earthly Shivalinga became known as Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga. It was known as Bhimashankar because Shiv Shankar had benefited his devotees by defeating Bhima, hence this Shivalinga got the name Bhimashankar.

some important facts

  1. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is built in Naga style.
    Shivaji Maharaj was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. Due to his immense faith in Shiva, he provided many facilities for all the devotees coming here. The pinnacle of this temple was built by Nana Fadnavis. His full name was Balaji Janardan Bhanu. He made a big contribution to the temple. A bell was also built which even today remains the biggest center of attraction.
  2. Just as there is a special dress code for visiting each Jyotirlinga, similarly here it is mandatory for women to wear saree and for men to wear dhoti before consecrating the Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva.
    In the month of Sawan, lakhs of devotees from India and abroad come to visit Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga. There are ponds behind this temple in which there is always water.
  3. Near the temple, there is a temple of Goddess Parvati which is known as Kamalja Temple. After having darshan of Lord Shiva’s Jyotirlinga, it is mandatory to have darshan of Kamalja Temple or the darshan is not considered complete.

It is said that whoever recites the names of 12 Jyotirlingas and has darshan of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga every day, all his wishes are fulfilled and the blessings of Bholenath always remain on him. So this was the establishment of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. The story of happening.

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