Pandharpur Bhima River
Bhima River originates in Bhimashankar hills near Karjat on the western side of Western Ghats, known as Sahyadri, in Maharashtra state in India. Bhima flows southeast for 861 km through Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh states. Bhima is the most important tributary of the Krishna river, which is one of the two majors rivers in Maharastra, the other being Godavari River. Nira confluences with Bhima in Narsingpur, Solapur. Bhima is a major tributary of the Krishna River. Its banks are densely populated and form a fertile agricultural area.
Pandharpur is situated on the bank of Bhima River. Bhima is also called ‘Bhirava’. Here Bhima River takes a crescent turn. Hence the name is given to Bhima as ‘Chandrabhaga’ means divided moon. Another story is told about the accursed Lord Moon bathed here, and he was freed from his curse. From that time the river has been draining as crescent. So people call it ‘Chandrabhaga’.
There are many small and big temples and immolations on the bank of Bhima River. The Temple of Pundlik is the most important temple.