Bhimashankar Temple is in Bhimashankar reserve near Pune, Maharashtra, in ghat region of Sahyadri Hills. This is a forest which is now a wildlife sanctuary with a variety of flora and fauna which gives a special flavour to the Bhimashankar temple location. One can even spot the Malabar Giant squirrel.
Hence, both nature lovers and pilgrims visit this temple in large numbers. The Temple is also the source of river Bhima. A holy dip in the river is believed to relieve ones of their sins. River Bhima also travels through Karnataka and Telangana before falling into river Krishna.
The structure of Bhimashankar Temple
The Bhimashankar Temple complex is small but the simple structure with numerous sculptures depicting Gods and Goddesses impart a calm and soothing feeling to the pilgrims. The architecture of the Temple follows the Nagara style and the Hemadpanthi style of construction. The Temple consists of Garbhagriha, Sabhamandap, and the Kurmamandap.
The main door of the Bhimashankar Temple constains solid wood with figures of several gods and goddesses. A huge bell is there at the entrance of the temple. Chimaji Appa, brother of Bajirao Peshwa I gifted this bell. Two large Nandis are also there in the Temple. The one in the front of the sanctum is very old and the other one is new. One can also visit the shrines of Lord Shani, Nandi, Lord Ram and Dutta near the Bhimashankar temple location.