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Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga

(Ref: Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 20 to 21)

Shiva Bhimashankar JyotirlingaMeditation: I meditate on devotee Sudakshina worshipping Lord Shiva at Kamarupa, surrendering for protection against demon Bhima; and appearance of Lord Shiva (Bhimashankara) vanquishing demon Bhima with a humkara.

The story of demon Bhima: In earlier times there was a demon named Bhima. He was born from Kumbhakarna and Karkati in the Sakya mountain. He was living with his mother. One day Bhima asked his mother about his father. His mother told about Kumbhakarna who was killed by Rama. She also told about her other husband Viradha who was also killed by Rama. She further told about her father and mother - Karkata and Puskasi, who were reduced to ashes by an ascetic. Thus she was living alone under the protection of her son.

Bhima performs penance and secures boon of immeasurable strength: Hearing her story Bhima was enraged and decided to cause trouble to Hari. Bhima undertook severe tapas for thousands of years meditating on Brahma, and secured the boon of strength beyond measure.

Bhima defeats the devas: Thereafter Bhima overpowered the devas and removed them from their abodes. He also defeated Vishnu and conquered the nether world.

Bhima imprisons the king of Kamarupa, a great devotee of Shiva: Then he went to Kamarupa country, fought with king Sudakshina and defeated him. Bhima imprisoned the king of Kamarupa who was a great devotee of Shiva.

Sudakshina worships Shiva in the prison: The king made a Parthiva Linga and started worshipping Shiva in the prison. He eulogized Ganga and mentally bathed in her holy waters. He worshipped Shiva by stotras, mudras, asanas and the Panchakshari Mantra (Om Namah Shivaya). Queen Dakshina also assisted in the worship.

Devas take refuge in Shiva: In the meantime the devas and sages lead by Brahma and Vishnu started invoking Shiva on the bank of river Mahakoshi. They made a Parthiva Linga and worshipped Shiva. Shiva was pleased, appeared before them and told them to ask for a boon. The devas requested Shiva to kill demon Bhima. Shiva assured them that he would kill the demon. He also sent the gods to Sudakshina to assure him that Bhima would be killed and let him continue the worship.

Shiva kills demon Bhima: The king continued to worship Lord Shiva in the prison. Bhima thought that the king was performing some sort of magical rites against him. He told the king to tell truthfully what he was doing. The king having faith in the protective power of Shiva told the truth. Bhima commanded the king to stop the worship of Shiva. The king did not listen and continued as before. Bhima became angry and threw his sword towards the king. Instantly Shiva appeared there and declared that he was Bhimeshwara who has come to protect the devotees and destroy the evil. Shiva destroyed the sword of Bhima. Bhima threw many other weapons towards Shiva and Shiva destroyed them all. A fierce battle ensued between the Shiva ganas and the demons. The entire earth was shaken up by that fight. The gods and sages became highly disturbed. Finally Narada arrived and prayed to Shiva to cut short that terrific battle. All the gods eulogized Shiva. Shiva became pleased and reduced Bhima and his army into ashes by a humkara. The fire of the anger of Shiva spread from forest to forest along with the ashes of the demons. Several oshadhis were grown there.

Shiva abides there as Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga: Then the gods and sages prayed to Lord Shiva to abide there as Bhimashankara. Thus Shiva abided there as the Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga.

Pilgrimage: Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, Pune district, Maharashtra Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga, Pune district, Maharashtra Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga is identified with Bhimashankar temple in the Pune district of Maharashtra.

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