Nestled in dense forests, the Shiva temple in Bhimashankar is the sixth among the twelve Jyotirlingas shrines in India and one of the most popular places for worship of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the original temple of Bhimashankar was built in the 12th century. The Garbhagriha (Sanctum) and Shikara (tower) of the present temple are built in the Nagara or Indo-Aryan style and have a strong influence of architectural styles of Rajasthan and Gujarat on the figurines and motifs of the temple. The exterior walls of the sanctum depict scenes from the ancient Indian Epics, 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 (Assembly Hall). Bhimashankar is also the perfect place to combine adventure and trekking. Monsoon is a good season to enjoy the region’s stunning natural beauty.