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Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling



Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling


Trimbak, Maharashtra 422212

The Trimbakeshwar Temple, located in the Nashik district of Maharashtra, India, holds deep significance in Hinduism as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, considered to be self-manifested representations of Lord Shiva. The sanctity of the temple is deeply rooted in ancient mythology and spiritual tradition. The sacred Godavari river originates near the Trimbakeshwar temple, which adds to the divine significance of the temple. The presiding deity, Trimbak Jyotirlinga, is a unique manifestation of Lord Shiva, with three faces symbolizing the cosmic aspects of creation, sustenance, and destruction. Devotees make the pilgrimage to Trimbakeshwar, especially during the holy occasion of Mahashivratri, to seek the divine blessings of Lord Shiva. Trimbakeshwar is also famous for the Kumbh Mela, a grand religious event held every twelve years, which attracts millions of pilgrims who bathe in the sacred Godavari River as part of a sacred ritual for purification. The spiritual energy and cultural richness of Trimbakeshwar Temple make it a favorite destination for devotees and seekers, symbolizing the eternal presence of Lord Shiva and the divine connection between nature, mythology, and spirituality.

Mythological History:

Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh all three are present in Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga, this is the biggest feature of this Jyotirlinga. Among all other Jyotirlingas, only Lord Shiva is present. Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is in Trimbak village in the Nashik district of Maharashtra state. Godavari River originates from a mountain named Brahma Giri nearby here. Lord Trimbakeshwar, located near the source of these holy Godavari, also has great glory. As per the prayer of Gautam Rishi and Godavari, Lord Shiva was pleased to reside in this place and became famous by the name Trimbakeshwar. There are three small lingas in a small pit inside the temple, which are considered to be the symbols of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. According to Shivpuran, there are seven hundred wide stairs built to reach the top of Brahmagiri mountain. After climbing these stairs, 'Ramkund' and 'Lashmankund' are found, and on reaching the top, one can see Bhagwati Godavari emerging from Gomukh.

Once the wives of the Brahmins living in Maharishi Gautam's Tapovan got angry with Maharishi Gautam's wife Ahalya over some issue. In such a situation, to insult Maharishi Gautam, the Brahmins performed severe penance to Lord Ganesha. Pleased with the penance of the Brahmins, Lord Ganesha appeared before them and asked them to ask for a boon. On this, the Brahmins asked Maharishi Gautam to take him out of Tapovan. Lord Ganesha explained to the Brahmins not to do this, but they did not agree.At last Lord Ganesha had to accept his words. Being forced, Lord Ganesha took the form of a weak cow and started eating the crops in the field of Maharishi Gautam. Seeing this, as soon as Maharishi Gautam hit the cow gently with straws to drive it away, the cow died on the spot. Seeing this, all the Brahmins accused Maharishi Gautam of cow slaughter and asked him to leave from there. On this, Maharishi Gautam asked him the solution to atonement. The Brahmins told Maharishi Gautam that only if you circumambulate the earth three times, fast for a month, and circumambulate Brahmagiri a hundred times, you will be purified. If you cannot do this then bring Ganga ji here and take a bath with her water and worship one crore earthly Shivlingas. After this, take a bath in the Ganges and then perform Jalabhishek of the dead Shivalinga with a hundred pitchers. Maharishi Gautam performed severe penance as per the instructions of Brahmins. Pleased with the penance of Maharishi Gautam, Lord Shiva appeared before him and told him about the deceit done by the Brahmins and asked to punish them. On this Maharishi Gautam said that it is because of his deceit that I have seen you. You forgive them and reside here forever. After this, Lord Shiva became established in the form of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga on the same Gautami bank. Apart from this, Mother Ganga brought by Maharishi Gautam also started flowing nearby under the name Godavari.

This ancient temple was rebuilt by the third Peshwa Balaji i.e. Nana Saheb Peshwa. The restoration of this temple started in 1755 and was completed in 1786 after a long period of 31 years. It is said that about 16 lakh rupees were spent on the construction of this grand temple, which was considered a huge amount at that time.

Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Festival:

Organization of Mahakumbh: Maha Kumbh Mela, one of the world's famous four Maha Kumbh Melas held in the country, is held here. Here, every twelfth year, when Jupiter appears in Leo and Surya Narayan is also situated in Leo, Then there is the celebration of religious activities like bathing, fairs, etc. of the Mahakumbh festival. In those days, bathing in the Godavari Ganga was considered a spiritual virtue.

Kumbh Mela: Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious fairs in the world. This fair is held at 4 places in India, and one of these places is here. This festival, held once every 12 years, attracts lakhs of pilgrims. They take a holy dip in the Godavari.

Rath Purnima: Rath Purnima, held here in January-February, is a festival where the five-faced idol or Panchmukhi idol of Lord Trimbakeshwar is circumambulated in a chariot throughout the city.

Timing Of Temple:

Trimbakeshwar Temple is open every day of the week. The temple opens for devotees to visit at 05:00AM in the morning and closes at 09:00PM at night. The general darshan of Shiva Linga in the temple is done from a distance of 05 meters. If anyone wants to perform a special puja, they are allowed to go into the sanctum sanctorum and can also touch the Linga. The time of Mangal Aarti is from 05:30 Am to 6:00 Am in the morning. Antaralaya Abhishek (inside the temple) takes place daily from 06:00 AM to 07:00 AM. Mahamrityunjaya Puja takes place between 07:00 amAM and 09:00 AM. This puja is done to get rid of chronic diseases and lead a healthy life. Apart from this, special puja like Rudrabhishek, etc. Midday puja takes place from 01:00 PM0 to 01:30 PM. Evening puja takes place from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM. This is a temple where people perform special puja to get freedom from Kaal Sarp Dosh. In this puja, Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda, and Atharvaveda are recited in the temple.

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