Bhimashanker Stotra

Nearby Places to Visit

Aundha Nagnath

One of the Jyotirlinga, Aundha Nagnath is supposed to be the 8th Jyotirlinga amongst the 12 present in India and is an important place for pilgrimage of Shiv Bhakts. The temple that stands today is built by the Seuna (Yadava) dynasty and has roots dating back to 13th century. But the first temple is said to be built by the eldest of the Pandavas when they were exiled from their kingdom of Hastinapur. A legend also states that the temple building mainly consisted of 7 floors before it was sacked by Aurangzeb. In today’s date, the holiest places of the temple which is located below the ground are accessible by two steps which run in deep. The chamber down is narrow and offers very little space for the devotees to offer their prayers.

Distance – 9 h 56 min (470.9 km) via NH61

Best time to visit: Winter Season

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Ozar & Lenyadri

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Ozar is one of the Ashtavinayak temple (A temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha in the historically rich state of Maharashtra which was built around 1833, there are particularly 8 special temples which are together known as Ashtavinayak) It goes along with the other Ashtavinayak temple of Lenyadri. Situated at the banks of river Kukadi it is situated close to Yedgaon dam built on it. The temple is famous for the Golden dome which was made under the orders of Chimaji Appa brother the great Peshwa Bajirao Ballal. Temple has located approximately 77 km from Bhimashankar and is popularly known as Vigneshwara Temple. The temple is located in the backwaters of the dam (Yedgaon). The place is well accessible and has provisions of food and fuel all along the way too. Ozar is 12km away from another historic temple site of Lenyadri and also nearby Shivneri fort. The journey to Ozar is very blissful and one gets easily mesmerized by the beauty offered by the Sahyadri ranges.

Distance: Ozar to Bhimashankar – 2 h 11 min (76.8 km) via MH SH 112


Best time to visit: Monsoon, Post Monsoon or Winter
Lenyadri Caves: The first post before going to another Astavinayak Ganpati temple of Ozar, Lenyadri is also one of the Ashtavinayak temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is known as Shri Girijatmaj Ganpati Mandir. This place is also famous for the series of mountain caves which also has historic significance and were built somewhere around 1st and the 3rd century AD. The interesting fact about the Ganesh idol here is that the idol is “Swayambhu” which means it appeared in the idol form of god and was not sculpted by anyone. Shri Girijatmaj Ganpati has blessed this place with the cool climate around the year and is often visited by devotees throughout the year and especially during Dussehra, Diwali, and Sankashti.

Best time to visit: Monsoon, Post Monsoon or Winter


Lenyadri to Bhimashankar – 2 h 6 min (76.3 km) via MH SH 112 and Junnar – Ghodegaon Rd
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Parli Vajinath

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Parli Vaijnath is a renowned temple where rests another one of the Jyotirlingas in the Beed district of the state of Maharashtra. Known as Parli Vaijnath Temple each and every corner of the temple secretly tells you mythological stories. One of such stories is that Ravana being a great devotee of Shiva had successfully summoned Shiva and asked the great lord a Shivling to take home with him to Lanka. Shiva granted him his wish but with a condition that it should not be kept on the ground until you reach Lanka.  On his way back Ravana met a boy and handed him the Shivling. The boy unable to bear the tremendous weight placed the Shivling on the ground. This place where he kept the Shivling is Parli Vaijnath and since then Jyotirling has been here and Shiva decided to rest here. Each year hundreds of thousands of devotees flock Parli Vaijnath to get blessings of Lord Shiva and also get refreshed by the enriching climate near the temple. Vaijnath is also known as Vaidhyanath as in the Lord of the Physicians and the Lingam here is possesses divine power to cure all the diseases.

Distance: 8 h 17 min (388.5 km) via MH MSH 2


Best time to visit: Monsson and winter

Shani Shingnapur

Shani Shingnapur is the home to the mystical temple of the mighty and magical Lord Shani who is believed to have resided in the black stone till this day.
Shani, as the name suggests, is derived from the planet Saturn and is said to have emerged out of black stone and was not made by anyone(Svayambhu). The structural beauty has nothing to do with the glorifying beauty exerted by just a simple Shani statue which emits immense aura and scores hundreds and thousands of devotees each year.
The main feature of Shani Shingnapur is that there are no doors and locks in the village as they believe that their houses and valuables are protected by the Lord himself. The enthusiasm of the devotees is at a peak level on some of the days of the week especially on Saturdays and on occasions like Amavasya and Shri Shaneshwar Jayanti. If a person is having an influence of planet Saturn which is considered to bring bad luck, people worship Shani Dev(Lord Shani) to please him and take the bad omen away.

Distance – 4 h 36 min (207.1 km) via NH61 and MH SH 112


Best time to visit: Monsoon and winter
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Trimbakeshwar

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A must visit place for Shiva devotees around the globe, Trimbakeshwar has its share of stories. As narrated in Shiv Puran there was a tussle between Brahma(God Of Creation) and Vishnu(god of preservation) on who is the more supreme amongst them. So in order to test them, Shiva(Shiv) enforced a huge pillar of light(Jyotirlinga) through the three worlds. Vishnu and Brahma then parted ways. Vishnu decided to go down to track the end of the pillar while Brahma decided to make a move to the top. Brahma lied and said he found the end while Vishnu quit accepting his defeat. So Shiva cursed Brahma to not have any place in ceremonies while Vishnu was blessed to be worshipped till eternity. So this is the significance of Jyotirlingas as it is the place from where Shiva appears partly as a beacon of light.

Distance: 4 h 56 min (234.1 km) via NH60

Best time to visit: Monsoon and Winter

Shirdi

The birthplace of the mystical Sai, Shirdi is a small village located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. A very little known place back in time is a well-known pilgrimage place today with a lot of hustling pilgrims coming to this holy place from all corners of India and abroad. Home to the greatest saint of the 20th century Sai spent more than 50 years of his life here and still continues to influence pilgrims with his divine presence in the form of folk songs and the majestic Shirdi Sai Baba temple. Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir attracts nearly sixty thousand or more pilgrims belonging to all religions and faiths making it arguably the busiest pilgrimage sites there is in India. If you are planning to visit holy places alongside Bhimashankar than this is a must visit a place to travel and get blessings of Sai Baba.

Distance:
  1. 5 hr 10 min (206.9 km) via MH SH 112
  2. 4 hr 8 min (202.5 km) via NH 60
Best Time To Visit: June-February (Maximum crowd on Dussehra and Diwali)
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Shivneri Fort

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Shivneri is the Birthplace of the legendary and the most respected king of all Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj- The founder of the great Maratha empire. It is located in the small town of Junnar in Pune district. Liked by the trekkers the fort is a delight for thrill seekers and adventurers alike. The fort was built by father of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Shahaji Raje in order to protect his son and wife Jijamata against all invaders and to lay the foundation of Swarajya. The fort is surrounded by steep slopes from all sides making it difficult to trek. There are many things on the fort most prominent of which are a small temple of Goddess Shivai and an idol of Rajmata Jijau. The shape of Shivneri resembles the shape of Shiv-Pind and one can see the same from the highest point on the fort. Dr. John Friar from the East India Company had paid a visit to the fort in 1673 and had mentioned in his records that the fort has a capacity of holding about a 1000 families and rations to last for over 7 years. This is a must visit place near from Bhimashankar for all adventure seekers who are looking for places to visit nearby to relive the legacy of the Great King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Best Time to visit: August to February

Distance – 1h 54 min (70.1 km) via MH SH 112 and Junnar – Ghodegaon Rd

Trimbakeshwar

A must visit place for Shiva devotees around the globe, Trimbakeshwar has its share of stories. As narrated in Shiv Puran there was a tussle between Brahma(God Of Creation) and Vishnu(god of preservation) on who is the more supreme amongst them. So in order to test them, Shiva(Shiv) enforced a huge pillar of light(Jyotirlinga) through the three worlds. Vishnu and Brahma then parted ways. Vishnu decided to go down to track the end of the pillar while Brahma decided to make a move to the top. Brahma lied and said he found the end while Vishnu quit accepting his defeat. So Shiva cursed Brahma to not have any place in ceremonies while Vishnu was blessed to be worshipped till eternity. So this is the significance of Jyotirlingas as it is the place from where Shiva appears partly as a beacon of light.
 

Distance: 4 h 56 min (234.1 km) via NH60

Best time to visit: Monsoon and Winter

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