Trimbakeshwar Temple is situated in the town of Trimbak, Trimbakeshwar Taluk, Nashik District of Maharashtra, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is located at the origin of river Godavari, which is considered as the longest river in peninsular India. And a holy Kund named Kusavarta is appraised as the symbolic source of river Godavari and is respected as a sacred bathing place. The place where the Trimbakeshwar Temple is located popularly known for its panoramic beauty during monsoon season, and covered with luxuriant hills and unmarked by the pollution.
The construction of the current temple is said to be built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao also called as Nanasaheb. Trimbakeshwar Temple is one of the twelve Jyotrilinga (the radiant sign of the almighty) temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The 12 Jyotrilinga Temples are:
- Somnath Temple
- Mallikarjun Temple
- Mahakaleshwara Temple
- Omkareshwar Temple
- Kedarnath Temple
- Vaidyanath Temple
- Bhimashankar Temple
- Kashi Vishwanath Temple
- Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple
- Rameshwaram Temple
- Nageshwar Temple
- Grishneshwar Temple
The presiding deity of Trimbakeshwar temple is Lord Shiva and the deity of Lord Shiva is made of Nassak Diamond, the world famous diamond and considered is as the “Eye of the Idol”. Each Jyotrilinga temples takes different manifestation of Lord Shiva and the idol of Lingam is considered as a presiding deity in every Jyotrilinga temples. Lingam represents the beginning less and endless, which symbolizes the infinite nature of Shiva. The specific feature of Trimbakeshwar Jyotrilinga temple is that three faces concretizing Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Rudra.
The Tridev (Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva) Lingam is covered with a jeweled crown, which consists of emeralds, diamonds, and many precious stones. And it is said that due to immoderate use of water, the Lingam has started to abrade. This process erosion signifies the eroding nature of human society. Trimbakeshwar temple is popularly known for its religious rituals, where Narayan Nagbali Pooja is performed only in this temple. This ritual is done for killing a cobra, to cure illness, preserve going through bad times, childless problem, etc.
The temple remains open from morning 5.30 am to night 9.00 pm.
- Godavari day – February
- Nivrutti Natha festival – December or January
- Mahashivaratri – February or March
- Rathayatra (Chariot festival) – November
Trimbakeshwar is connected by bus services run by Maharashtra road Transport Corporation. There are many private luxury buses available from Mumbai to Nasik and to other major cities.
Nearest railhead is at Nasik. It is one the major railway stations nearly 44 Kms away, connected to all major cities in India.
Nearest airport from Trimbakeshwar is at Mumbai, which is about 200 km away from the holy city.
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