In the calm forest of Bhimashankar, there was a Demon called Tripurasura who wanted godly powers for selfish reasons. So in order to achieve this, he decided to meditate and please Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva who is known for his kindness towards all of his devotees was pleased with his(Tripurasura) devotion towards him and decided to grant him a wish. The Asura, sticking to his cause asked for immortality. Lord Shiva granted his wish on just one condition that his powers should always be used in the interest of the people, and if he doesn’t then he must go through the punishment for violation.
For some time, Tripurasura forgot that his immortality was achieved on behest of a condition and eventually turned to ruthlessness and tyranny instead of kindness and compassion. Chaos erupted soon and not only the people but Sages & Gods also started feeling unsafe and trembled in fear in the name of Tripurasura. So everyone decided to turn to Lord Shiva for a remedy to the problem known as Tripurasura.
Shiva agreed and in order to punish Tripurasura, Shiva turned towards Goddess Parvati (Kamalja Mata) and prayed to her for assistance in accomplishing the task. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati together unified into a new form and transformed into “Ardha-Narya-Nateshwar” and entered into a huge battle with Tripurasura on the event of Kartik Purnima. Due to this event, the Purnima is also known as “Tripurari Purnima”
Tripurasura was not alone and had 2 wives called Dakini and Shakini who went to Lord Shiva to ask the holy god about their existence without their husband, Tripurasura. Lord Shiva is known to be the most merciful amongst all Gods took kindness towards them and granted them the power of immortality which was bestowed upon their fallen husband Tripurasura. So, henceforth Bhimashankar is also known as “Dakinyam Bhimashankaram”.
Nearby Temples & Sightseeings
- Ram Temple
- Kamalja Mata Mandir
- Gupt Bhimashanker
- Hanuman Talao
- Sakshi Vinayak Temple
- Konkan Kada
- Bombay Point
Best Time to Visit
- Best time to visit Bhimashanker is between September to February as well as on the occassion like Mahashivratri & Tripurari Purnima.
- For those who are fond trekking may visit bhimashanker during monsoon.