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Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga

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

Shiva Bhimashankar JyotirlingaMeditation: I meditate on the Bhimashankara Jyotirlinga at Kamarupa where devotee Sudakshina surrendered to Lord Shiva for protection against demon Bhima; and where Lord Shiva appeared before him and vanquished demon Bhima with a humkara.

Demon Bhima tormenting Sudakshina: 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 asks his mother about his father. His mother tells about Kumbhakarna who was killed by Rama. She also tell about her other husband Viradha who was also killed by Rama. She further tell 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. Hearing her story Bhima becomes enraged and decides to cause trouble to Hari. Bhima undertakes severe tapas for thousands of years meditating on Brahma, and secures the boon of strength beyond measure. Thereafter Bhima overpowers the devas and removes them from their abodes. He also defeats Vishnu and conquers the nether world. Then he goes to Kamarupa country, fights with king Sudakshina and defeats him. Bhima imprisons the king of Kamarupa who was a great devotee of Shiva.

Sudakshina worshipping Lord Shiva: Sudakshina makes a Parthiva Linga and starts worshipping Lord Shiva in the prison. He eulogizes Ganga and mentally bathes in her holy waters. He worships Shiva by stotras, mudras, asanas and the Panchakshari Mantra (Om Namah Shivaya). Queen Dakshina also assists him in the worship.

Devas worshipping Lord Shiva: In the meantime the devas and sages lead by Brahma and Vishnu starts invoking Lord Shiva on the bank of river Mahakoshi. They make a Parthiva Linga and worships Shiva. Shiva becomes pleased, appears before them and tells them to ask for a boon. The devas request Shiva to kill demon Bhima. Shiva assures them that he would kill the demon. He also sent the gods to Sudakshina to assure him that Bhima would be killed and he should continue his worship.

Lord Shiva killing demon Bhima: Sudakshina continues to worship Lord Shiva in the prison. Bhima thinks that the king was performing some sort of magical rites against him. He tells the king to tell truthfully what he was doing. Sudakshina having faith in the protective power of Shiva tells the truth. Bhima commands the king to stop the worship of Shiva. Sudakshina does not listen and continues his worship as before. Bhima becomes angry and throws his sword towards the king. Instantly Shiva appears there and declares that he was Bhimeshwara who has come to protect the devotees and destroy the evil. Shiva destroys the sword of Bhima. Bhima throws many other weapons towards Shiva and Shiva destroys them all. A fierce battle ensues between the Shiva ganas and the demons. The entire earth becomes shaken up by that fight. The gods and sages become highly disturbed. Finally Narada arrives and prays to Shiva to cut short that terrific battle. All the gods eulogize Shiva. Shiva becomes pleased and reduces 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 grow there. Then the gods and sages prays 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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