Those who visit the Jyotirlinga are said to receive holy blessings of Lord Shiva and return home happy & peaceful. Doesn’t that resonate with what most of us want in our lives? However, they say it depends on one’s devotion and experience too. Terms & conditions, I guess.
While my devotion is still questionable, I can claim that my ability to experience and sense flow of energy has been honed by years of yoga practice. So, in a quest to experience the high energy of another Jyotirlinga, I set out to Bhimashankar, near Pune. It was the first time I was planning a multi-day ride on my Versys 650. Four days of which the first couple of days were for onward journey and a couple of days to return.
The shrine of Bhimashankar is pretty much at the heart of Bhimashankar forest which is also from where river Bhima originates (surprised?). Taking a dip in this river is equated to holy dip in the Ganga-Bhagirathi itself! The interesting part is that the name Bhima is actually associated with a demon who lived there who was eventually slayed by none other than Shankara (a form of Shiva, I’m guessing) himself and decided to stay there in the incarnation of Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga.
The roads leading to Bhimashankar temple aren’t easy and riding in the monsoon has its benefits (everything around is lush green) and issues (riding in non-stop rains and slippery roads) alike.
– Day 1 was easy and smooth.
– Day 2 wasn’t that great thanks to treacherous State Highways.
The visit to the Jyotirlinga happened that evening – probably the most beautiful time to visit since it was not crowded and covered with just the right amount of mist. It was such a non-commercial temple and we were allowed to sit next to the Jyotirlinga for as much time as we liked and even touch it. How it felt and what it meant to me are going to be difficult to explain with my limited vocabulary but one thing I knew was that moment would be etched in my mind forever. Even if I close my eyes now, I can see everything in that temple as if I’m experiencing it right now!
– Day 3 was a rain soaked ride with us passing through Pune
– Day 4 was the ride back home.
It was great until we made a mistake of taking the Sholapur-Hyderabad highway that has been under construction for ages. Bad roads at the last stretch of the ride are the worst possible thing but hey, I was riding a Versys with its long-travel suspension. Worked like charm and the roads didn’t feel that bad at all. Also, it’s only on the 4th day that I realized why people want to buy big & comfortable motorcycles
With the second Jyotirlinga visit/ride successfully completed, I must admit, that I felt happy and peaceful.
2 done. 10 more to go…
Panjara Bhimarathyacha Krishnaveni Brihannadi Malapaharinee Yotra sata loka Vishruta.