Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 main Jyotirlingas of Bhagwan Shiva. There are 64 Jyotirlingas in India but out of them, 12 Jyotirlingas are considered Maha Jyotirlingas namely, Somnath in Gujarat, Mallikarjuna at Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh, Trimbakeshwar in Maharashtra, Mahakaleshwar at Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnath in Himalayas, Bhimashankar in Maharashtra, Viswanath at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Vaidyanath at Deoghar in Jharkhand, Nageshwar Temple at Dwaraka in Gujarat, Rameshwar at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Grishneshwar at Aurangabad in Maharashtra. The murti of Bhgawan Shiva is Trimbaka and the Linga has three heads which represent the three Bhagwans, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Another belief is that Bhagwan Shiva possesses three eyes representing Sun, Moon and Fire and that is why it is named Trimbaka or Trayambaka. There is a Samadhi of a famous Saint named Shri Nivruttinath (Nath community initiator) at Trimbakeshwar temple. Trimbakeshwar is the source of River Godavari named Kushavarta Pond, which is believed to be sacred and cleanses sins of devotees.
The Jyotirlinga is located in Trimbak town which is 28 km away from the city of Nashik in the Western state of Maharashtra, India. It is about 157 km away from Thane. Trimbak town is also the source of the sacred River Godavari.
The Shiva Lingam of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga consists of three lingas depicting Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. The faces of the Lingas are covered with a silver crown, and on special occasions, a golden crown, with precious gems and diamonds, covers the three Linga heads. Considering the powerful 3 forces of the Universe, the temple is believed to fulfill wishes of its devotees.
The Jyotirlinga is a famous pilgrimage for devotees to perform various pujas to remove their doshas. People perform Narayan Nagbali Puja here for riddance from illness, infertility, financial problems and sin of killing a snake. Kalsarpa Shanti is another famous puja performed in Trimbakeshwar by thousands of devotees every year. Kaal Sarp yog is when the birth chart has Rahu and Kethu trapped in one house, according to the birth chart. The kaal sarp yog shanti puja brings success and monetary improvement, relationship improvement and also helps in dealing with negative energies. Tripindi Shraddha Vidhi is another puja performed for the shanti of ancestors who died an unnatural death, leading to pitra dosh, and if there is any kundali dosha in the birth chart. Trimbakeshwar therefore has great religious significance for devotees across the country.
Another important ritual of the temple is to take a dip in the Kushavarta Pond (source of Godavari) which is considered the starting point of Kumbh Mela (which happens every 12 years once). The 4 holy Kumbh Melas are from 4 cities, Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain. The Nasik Kumbh Mela is named as Simhastha Kumbh Mela. According to a Legend, Bhagwan Vishnu dropped 4 drops of Amrit (elixir of life) in Nasik from his Kumbh (pot). Taking a dip is considered very auspicious and cleanses all sins.
Trimbakeshwar is a home to many Brahmins and is called a center of Vedic Gurukuls with many ashrams and mutts devoted to the Hindu art of living, Ashtanga Yoga.
Every Monday, the Panch Mukhi Mukhota of Shiva Lingam is carried out in a Palki from temple to Kushavarta Pand and brought back again.
Darshan 5.30 am to 9.00 pm
Rudra Abhishekam 7.00 am to 8.30 am
Special Puja 7.00 am, 1.00 pm and 4.30 pm
Afternoon Puja 1.00 pm to 1.30 pm
Shiva’s Golden Crown 4.30 pm to 5.00 pm
The temple is an historical monument. It is said that the crown of the temple was installed by Pandavas and later renovated by Maratha rulers. The current temple was built by the first ruler of the Maratha Dynasty, Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao in the 18th century. The temple is known to have many precious stones and gold, which were stolen by Mughals and British. It is believed that the diamond that was installed by Shiva on the lingam was also stolen by the British. This diamond is known to be in the list of the most precious stones in the world and is called Nassak. The temple premises were developed by Shrimant Sardar Raosaheb Parnerkar, who was the Fadnavis of Indore State. A bust of Sardar Fadnavis and his better half is visible on the edge of the Kund.
Worked in the 18th century, the Nagara-style Trimbakeshwar Temple is developed in dark stone. The temple has a spacious courtyard and also has a raised stage known as the Shikhara which has a stone plate shaped as a lotus. The Trimbakeshwar temple is situated between three slopes specifically Brahmagiri, Nilagiri and Kalagiri. Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga has three lingas addressing Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. The statue of Shiva is magnanimous and is a special attraction of the temple. The temple tank is called Amritavarshini which is estimated to be 28 m (92 ft) by 30 m (98 ft). There are three different waterways to be specific, Bilva Theertha, Viswananthirtha and Mukundathirtha. The temple has other deities of Gangadevi, Jaleswara, Rameswara, Gautameswara, Kedarnatha, Rama, Krishna, Parasurama and Lakshmi Narayana. The temple also has a few religious monasteries and Samadhis of Saints.
By Air: Nasik Airport is the nearest to Trimbakeshwar Temple at a distance of 54 km.
By Rail: Nasik Railway Station is just 29 km away from Trimbakeshwar temple.
By Road: Frequent buses connecting cities like Mumbai, Aurangabad, Pune, Nagpur and other cities in Maharashtra are easily available.
Being a popular pilgrimage, there are many options to stay in Trimbakeshwar. Some of them are:
If you are affected by any of the doshas as per your birth chart, especially, kalsarpa dosha, pitra dosha, naga dosha or kundali dosha, this temple is a must-visit for you, where you can perform various shanti pujas and get relief from these birth chart doshas. Devotees believe that by taking a holy dip at the Kushavarta Kund cleanses sins and one can attain Moksha. The Kumbh Mela is also an auspicious time to take a dip. Trimbakeshwar Bhagwan with three supreme powers fulfills all your wishes.
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