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Bhimashankar, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas is at a distance of around 200 km from Mumbai. It is also the source of the River Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the river Krishna.
The temple is built in the Nagara style of architecture and dates back to the 18th century. One can also find influences from the Indo Aryan style of architecture. It is believed that the ancient shrine was erected over a Swayambhu Linga or a Self Emanated Shiva Linga. Thus the Linga is exactly in the centre of the floor of the Garbagriha or the Sanctum. Intricate carvings adorn the pillars and the doorframes of the temple.
Within the temple precincts there is also a small shrine dedicated to Lord Shani. The statue of Nandi – Lord Shiva’s vahana is installed just at + more about Bhimashankar
There in no worthwhile place to stay overnight in vicinity of the temple nor there is any such restaurant or eatery/dhaba. The Forest Dept. has it's office complex nearby which looked vacant - accommodation on reasonable charges,could be made available to pilgrims there. A family residing beside the temple and selling puja items, offered me a room without bed for Rs. 100/- and toilet facilities for additional Rs. 50/-.