Trimbakeshwar or Triyambakeshwar in Nasik famous for the Trimbakeshwar Temple. Housed on the holy river Godavari this temple has a lot of spiritual importance attached to it. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Jyotirlinags are temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. These temples house the holy Shiva Linga. The unique feature of the Shiva lingas housed in Jyotrilinga tempels is that they have erupted naturally from the earth’s surface. People from all over the country come to get a glimpse of this holy temple at Trimbakeshwar throughout the year.
More about Trimbakeshwar Temple
Trimbakeshwar is a small pilgrimage town housed in the city of Nasik, Maharashtra. This temple is nestled between the beauties of nature. The banks of River Godavari is graced by the presence of the Trimbakeshwar Temple at the foothills of Brahmagiri Mountains. So, when in here the pilgrim gets the unique opportunity to experience spirituality in between nature. The temple has a very peaceful aura. The spectacular location of this temple is mesmerizing. Visitors love taking pictures when in here. One can find pilgrims chanting ‘Har Har Mahadev’ or ‘Everybody is Mahadev’ when in here. So, one must visit this temple when n Nasik to experience the Mahadev within.
Historical Background of Trimbakeshwar Temple
Trimbakeshwar Temple was built by Sri Nana Saheb Peshwa in 1755-1786 AD. The temple is adorned with several precious gems. This black stone structure belongs to the time when Peshwas ruled the Maratha region. An extraordinary feature of Trimbakeshwar Temple is that the Jyotirlinga housed in here has three faces. These three faces embody the trinity i.e. Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the preserver and Shiva, the destroyer of renovator. This feature is not showcased in any of the Shiva Lingas all over India. There also exists a crown studded with precious stones on top of the linga. It is said that this crown belonged to the age of the Pandavas. This crown is showcased on Mondays between 4 pm to 5 pm. Devotees flock in the temple to take a glimpse of this ancient piece crowned on their beloved Lord Shiva.
Architecture of Trimbakeshwar Temple
Trimbakeshwar Temple is built in the Nagara style of architecture. It is made out of black stone and it still stands tall and strong. The entire structure of this temple is ornamented with sculptural work. These include running scrolls, floral designs, figures of gods and goddesses depicting some theme, humans as well as animals. The sanctum of the temple houses the beautiful Shiva Lingam which is seen in a depression on the floor of the sanctum. Water continuously oozes out from the top of the Shivalingam. The sanctum is crowned with a graceful tower. So, one can say that the sanctum of this temple is the most eye catching part of it.
Legend associated with the Temple
Like every temple in India this temple too has a legend associated with it. It is said that Lord Ganesh, the son of Lord Shiva was born here. Then it is also said that Trimbakeshwar Temple was the abode of the revered sage Gautama. The sage Gautama has worshipped Lord Shiva by meditating at Brahmagiri Mountains for the down flow of River Ganges. Impressed by this Goddess Ganga took the form of River Godavari. This is how the river started flowing from atop the Brahmagiri Mountain range. It is also said that a dip in the scared water of River Godavari can wash off one’s sins. This temple is very popular amongst spiritual and religious people. A visit to Trimbakeshwar Temple is a key to attaining salvation.
A Tourist’s Guide
Trimbakeshwar Temple is open on all days of the week. Entry is not ticketed here. It is at a distance of 28 km from Nasik CBS Bus Station. The nearest railway head from here is Nasik Road Railway Station which is at a distance of 39 km from here. The nearest airport is Gandhinagar International Airport. The airport is 33.3 km away from Trimbakeshwar Temple. One can find hotels both online and offline in the city of Nasik.
Trimbakeshwar Temple is one temple in Nasik which is at the epitome of divinity. A visit to this temple during the festival of Shivratri is a mesmerizing experience. The month of ‘Saavan’ is one time of the year when this temple is highly crowded with pilgrims from all over the nation. Pilgrims come to offer their homage to Lord Shiva and seek his blessings.
So, when in Nasik a visit to Trimbakeshwar temple is a must.