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About Bhimashankar Wild Life Sanctuary

A pristine natural environment with hills, waterfalls, and forests, as well as a wildlife refuge and an ancient temple! 
Bhimashankar is an ideal place to find spirituality and feeling peace. It is also ideal for adventure seekers, as there are numerous treks available. 
Furthermore, the shekru, a giant flying squirrel that is also the state animal of Maharashtra, can be found here.    

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, a pristine natural paradise with lush hills, sparkling waterfalls, and dense forests, is the home of the Giant Flying Squirrel and a popular weekend getaway for people from Mumbai and Pune.

The sanctuary is home to a wide range of endemic and specialised flora and fauna. The sanctuary is home to Maharashtra's state animal, Ratufa indica elphistonii, a subspecies of the Indian Giant squirrel and one of three threatened Indo-Malyan squirrel species.
The subspecies discovered here is endemic to Bhimashankar. Carnivores such as Leopard Panthera pardus, Striped Hyena (Hyaena hyaena), and Golden Jackal (Canis aureus) have been reported from the sanctuary, as have Sambar (Cervus unicolor), Barking Deer (Muntiacus muntjak), Wildboar (Sus scrofa), and Common Langur (Semnopithecus entellus),
The Macaque Rhesus (Macaca mulatta) and the Mouse Deer (Moschiola meminna). There is also mention of the Indian Pangolin . The sanctuary is home to a diverse range of specialised and endemic reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, and insects.  

A pristine natural environment with hills, waterfalls and forests; a wild life sanctuary and an ancient temple! Bhimashankar offers the ideal setting to find spirituality. It is also the perfect place for adventure lovers with a plethora of treks. Moreover this is where you can find the shekru the giant flying squirrel which is also the state animal of Maharashtra.

Nestled in dense forests, the Shiva temple in Bhimashankar is the sixth jyotirlinga and one of the most popular places for the worship of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the original temple of Bhimashankar was built in 12th century CE. However, no material remains dating to that period have been found since the temple has undergone many alterations over a period of time. The temple was renovated by Chimaji Antaji Bhide Naik in 1733 CE followed by some repair works by Dikhit Patwardhan in 1766 CE.  A well was constructed in the complex by Raghunathrao Peshwa. The famous minister of the Peshwas, Nana Phadnavis  carried out a lot of renovations, including the construction of the shikhara.

The present temple sanctum (garbhagriha) and the shikhara are built in the Nagara or Indo-Aryan style and have a strong influence of Rajasthan and Gujarat on the figurines and motifs of the temple. The exterior walls of the sanctum are adorned with scenes from the Ramayana, Krishna Leela, Shiv Leela and Dashavataras. Inscriptions in the courtyard give a record of grants given and a large bell confiscated from the Vasai fort by the Maratha Commander Chimaji Appa hangs in front of the sabhamandapa.

Bhimashankar is also the perfect place to combine adventure and trekking. Monsoon is a good season to enjoy the region’s stunning natural beauty.


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