is located at Bhuvanagiri village in Puna, Maharashtra. River Bhima
has its source here.
temple in the Nagara style is an old and not a very large structure.
The jyotir Lingam is situated on top of the Sahyadri hill temple.
Lord Siva is considered to be taking rest here after the Trpurantaka samharam.
The sweat drops of Lord Siva were converted as steam & is running
as Bhimarati. New structures have been added. There are two
idols of Nandideva. One idol is old, while the other is of fairly
recent addition. There is a theertham & a well behind the temple
structure. The Bhimashankarar Lingam measures around one and a half
feet & quite narrow. The Goddess is worshipped as Kamalaja.
Shivaji, the Maratha
ruler had made rich endowments for the maintenance of the temple.
The moola lingam is at a lower level.
There is another
temple at Guwahati in Assam known as the Bhimshankaram and there is a belief
that this is the real Bhimashankaram. Bhima was an asura, son of
Kumbakarnan & Karkadi. On hearing that his grandfather, uncles
& father had been killed by a brahmin & kings, he set out to destroy
them. He undertook severe penance & got immense might and power
from Lord Brahma. King Priyadarman of Kamarupa was also put under
prison. Priyadarman & his wife Dakshinadevi prayed sincerely
to Lord SIva everyday. Fearing that they would overcome him, Bhima
asked them to stop their prayers. When they refused, he set out to
kill them. Lord Siva rose out of the Lingam that they had been worshipping
& slayed Bhima. On the request of the Devas, Lord Siva resides
here under the namam Bhimashankarar.