Bhimashankar is without doubt one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. On this age of the web and omnipresent Wikipedia/Google, getting basic details about Jyotirlingas and the concomitant legends is a simple job. It is the identical hackneyed data churned out by others. What issues most is the attitude of a customer or a devotee who has seen and imbibed the (divine) spirit first hand. And that makes the distinction and takes away the cherry.
Lord Shiva is the Adi Deva (oldest deity) of the Hindus. In accordance with Spalding Professor of Japanese Religions and Ethics at Oxford College, R C Zehmer, ‘It isn’t a hyperbole or an exaggeration however a proven fact that Indian mythology is replete with innumerable legends and exploits of Shiva.’ Rigved (Not Rigveda; that is an inaccurate orthography given and popularised by the Brits) had the reference to Shiva almost 5500 years in the past. The readers would possibly recall that in B R Chopra’s Mahabharat, Bhishma used to say, ‘Mahadev ki saugandh’ (I swear by Mahadev). And Mahabharat is believed to be 3000-3500-year-old.
Pilgrims dwelling close to Poona/Bombay have an quick access to Bhimashankar. It takes round 3-Four hours to succeed in there from Pune.
It is cradled in Sahyadri Mountain Vary. The scenic fantastic thing about the place provides to divinity. In accordance with Garud Puran, ‘Pratasthe dwadasham jyotirlingam darshanam apariharya iti ashtavinayakam paridoshat’ (If one visits a Jyotirlingam, he/she ought to go to all identical to one should go to all eight Ganesha abodes).
In accordance with ‘Hindu Dharmsthal Soochi’ (the record of Hindu Pilgrim Centres) that appeared in now defunct ‘Dharmyug’ in 1978, there’re 73 cardinal pilgrim spots for Hindus. Twelve Jyotirlingas and Ashtvinayak are amongst them.
The author of this piece visited Bhimashankar in 2007. It was lush inexperienced. It is nonetheless fairly verdant however someplace with the passage of time, this place now seems to be a bit business like Shani Shingnapur and Shirdi.
It is believed that every Jyotirlinga grants a particular want of the devotee. And why on earth will we all go to temples and pilgrim centres? Do not we go there to beg (for alms)? Anyway, Bhimashankar is related to wealth. If you’d like wealth, go there and pray to the Lord. He’ll grant your wealth-wish! Really easy!
I noticed one very well-known Bollywood actor at Bhimashankar and was advised that he had been visiting this Jyotirliga for final 12 years usually. For sure, he is stinking wealthy. He could have been praying to the deity to amass extra wealth as this has no finish. To cite Urdu poet Asadullah Khan Ghalib, ‘There’re legions of needs and one can die for every want/I died many a time, but that wasn’t sufficient’.
One can keep right here in a single day. Villagers and the clergymen make inexpensive preparations for the keep. There’re tolerably good eateries the place one can have snacks and even full-fledged meals (this can be a moderately new addition). Bhimashankar temple darshan timings are 4:30 am to 9:30 pm.
Those that go to Poona, additionally go to Bhimashankar (supplied they’re Hindus!).
I learn someplace that capturing is prohibited in any respect 12 Jyotirlingas. However I’ve seen Bhimashankar in fairly just a few Hindi films. There was a documentary on it that was proven on Doordarshan approach again in 1976. Akashvani, Poona used to offer data on Bhimashankar and different shrines close to Poona on each Wednesday. It has been stopped.
All in all, a very good place for folks with a non secular bent of thoughts.