Trimbakeshwar (Trambakeshwar) is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Nashik District of Maharashtra. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Trimbakeshwar Temple is the only place where Shivlinga is not out but it’s inside the floor. The amazing feature of the Jyotirlinga located at Trimbakeshwar is having three faces symbolizing Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra (Shiva). Due to excessive use of water, the linga has started to erode. It is said that this erosion symbolizes the eroding nature of human society.
There is no of the sacred place like Trimbakeshwar, river-like Ganga (called here by name Godavari). , mountain-like Bramhagiri etc. The reasons for its being so sacred are – Godavari river originates in this place, its a place of Tri-Sandhya Gayatri, the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, a place of the first Nath of Nath Sampradaya consisting of Gorakhnath and others, a place where Nivrittinath was made to imbibe the holy knowledge by his Guru Gahininath, a place where Nivrittinath made his brothers and sister attain the self by his preaching.
The crown is said to be from the age of Pandavs and consists of diamonds, emeralds, and many precious stones. The crown is flaunted every Monday from 4 to5 pm to the people.
This place is believed to be the holiest an ideal place to do Shraddha ceremony, a Hindu ritual for the salvation of the soul. Sinhastha Mahatmya speaks of Lord Rama having made the Yatra at Trimbakeshwar. Ganga Pujan, Ganga Bhet, Deh Shuddhi Prayaschitta, Tarpan Shradha, Vayan, Dasha Dana, Gopradan etc. rituals are done in Trimbakeshwar.
Mundana and Tirtha Shraddha are also performed here. Lord Shiva at Trimbakeshwar is worshipped by recitals of Rudra, Rudri, Laghu Rudra, Maha Rudra or Ati Rudra puja. The holy Jyothirlinga circuit will be complete with the visit to this sacred Shiva temple.
History of Trimbakeshwar:
The legend goes that a sage name Gautam Muni resided on the Brahmagiri hill with his wife Ahilya. By virtue of his devotion, the sage received from Varuna, a bottomless pit from which he received an inexhaustible supply of grains and food. The other rishis, jealous of his fortune, arranged for a cow to enter his granary and caused it to die as Gowtam Rishi attempted to ward it off with a bunch of Darbha grass.
Gautam Rishi, therefore, worshipped Lord Shiva to bring the Ganga down to his hermitage to purify the premises. Pleased with devotion, Shiva requested Ganga to flow down and make Sage Gautam pure. After that Ganga flowed down. Lord Shiva told Ganga to stay there eternally for the good of everyone. All the Gods started singing the praises of Gautam Rishi, Ganga and Lord Shiva.
On the request of all the Gods, Lord Shiva resided by the river Gautami by the name Trimbakeshwar (one of the Jyotirlingas). Hindus believe that Trimbak Jyotirlinga is one, which fulfills everyone’s desires. It emancipates all of their sins and miseries.
The architecture of Trimbakeshwar Temple
Trimbakeshwar Temple is an ancient shrine, however, the current structure is a result of the reconstruction efforts undertaken by the Peshwa Balaji Bajirao in mid 18th century. The temple is built of black stone in the Nagara style of architecture and is enclosed in a spacious courtyard. The temple lies in the foothill of mountain Bhramagiri which is the origin of river Ganga (called here by name Godavari).
In the period of the Peshwas regime, Nana Saheb Peshwa had instructed to build the Trimbakeshwar temple and developed and beautified the city of Trimbak, which later became famous as Trimbakeshwar. It is built with black stone and the Shivlingam is said to have emerged naturally. The temple is bordered with around 20-25 stone feet wall in height.
Entrance gate will lead us to the queue which has logical separation of around 6-7 lines. The queue to the main temple passes through Nandi temple which is built in front of the Shiva temple, Nandi facing Shivlingam (as we know Shiva temple always has Nandi Idol where Nandi always faces Shiva lingam.) Nandi Idol is sitting on a platform which is a foot or two in height and is carved out of white marble. Crossing this Nandi temple we step into the Shiva temple.
Then we enter a big hall whose roof is in dome shape from inside. The sanctum is not big and houses the main Shivlingam and three lings residing in a hollow structure. The Shivalingam is seen in a depression on the floor of the sanctum. Water constantly oozes out from the top of the Shivalingam. Usually, the Shivalingam is covered with a silver mask but on festive occasions a golden mask with five faces, each with a golden crown covers it.
Kushavarta place from where river Godavari takes its course. Just a 5 min walk away is a sacred pond called “Kushavarta” which is from where river Ganga takes here route to the rest of India. As per Hindu mythology, one gets rid off of all its sin’s if he takes bath here. The story has that, Sage Gautam forced river Ganga to stall within the enchanted grass area he made and puts a vow on her. This he has done so to take a holy bath in this water and to get rid of his sin for killing a cow.
Sheemant Rao Sahib Parnekar built the temple around the stalled water at this place which we are seeing today. The walls inside all along the hall are inscribed by various Idols, and in all corners are some small temple. The most important fact of this pond is that it is the starting point of Kumbh Mela which happens once in a 12 year and next is on 2015. Saints all over the world come to this place on the occasion of mela to take a holy bath.
Daily Schedule at Trimbakeshwar Temple
- The timing of Trimbakeshwar Temple is 5.30 am to 9 pm.
Festivals in Trimbakeshwar Temple
It is the biggest festival here. Kumbh Mela which happens once in a 12 year and next is on 2027.
The last Mahakumbh was held in August-September 2015 Saints all over the world come to this place on the occasion of mela to take a holy bath.
According to astrological calculations, Mahakumbh is held when the Sun and Jupiter enter the Leo star sign (called Sinhasth).
Shri Ram Janmotsav:-
Although the birth of Ram falls on Chaitra Navmi, the celebrations last for 15 days. The splendor of Panchvati is worth witnessing during this period.
On the full moon day of the month Kartika , called Tripuri Paurnima- sometime in November.
on the 13th day of Krishna paksha of the month Magha – sometime in March.
This ritual of Trimbakeshwar is completed by a devotee in 3 days. The entire ritual is conducted by the local pandits, with the main bath being held in Kushawart Teerth.
How to Reach
Trimbakeshwar Temple is 28 km from the Nashik city. Also, Temple is just 10 min walk from the bus stand and thus no need for an auto.
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|1. The distance between Nashik – Trimbakeshwar 28 km.||Nashik road Junction||Mumbai|
|2. The distance between Mumbai – Trimbakeshwar 180 km.|