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Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga

Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is an ancient shrine in Maharashtra, in the Sahyadri hills. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, the most sacred of holy shrines o lord shiva. It is situated in the village of Bhorgiri, near pune. It has acquired significant importance in recent times, as it has also been declared the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary. The best time to visit the temple is from September to January.

Once Brahma and Vishnu had a dispute in terms of existence superiority according to the Shiva Purana. Shiva agreed to pierce the three realms as an everlasting pillar of light, in order to settle the conflict. Both Vishnu and Brahma began up and down to find the end of the sun, respectively.

Brahma lied that, although Vishnu admitted that he could not and acknowledged defeat, he had reached the end. Shiva cursed Brahma that Brahma would not be part of any rituals as punishment for lying to him while Vishnu would still be worshipped.

The jyotirlinga is the ultimate partless reality, in which Shiva appears partly. Therefore the jyothirlinga shrines are places where Shiva appeared as a column of fiery fire.
The name of the presiding deity is taken from each of the twelve jyothirlinga sites – each considered to be a separate manifestation of Shiva.

The primary image at all these sites is the jyotirlingam which represents Shiva ‘s infinite existence. The twelve jyothirlinga are: Somnath in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna in Andhra Pradesh, Mahakaleswar in Madhya Pradesh, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnath in Himalayas, Bhimashankar in Maharastra, Viswanath in Varanasi, Triambakeshwar in Maharastra, Vaidyanath in Jharkhand, Nageshwar in Dwarka, Rameshwar.

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