All about Trimbakeshwar – One of the most important one out of the 12 Jyotirlings


The Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling
The Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling


All about Trimbakeshwar – One of the most important one out of the 12 Jyotirlings


       Recently I was allowed passage to one of the Jyotirlings Trimbakeshwar with the blessings of supreme Lord Shiva. Before I take you through the brief journey of Trimbkeshwar, let us have a look at what Jyotirlings are and how are they different form Shivlings or normal Shiva temples.


Jyotirlingas


            Jyotirlinga is made up of two words Jyoti + Ling. Jyoti meaning light and ling is a column or a representation of Lord Shiva. So Jyotirlingas is the place, where Lord Shiva is worshipped as eternal light. It is believed that the Jyotirlings are "Swayambhu" - meaning they got created on their own and no human being did their Pran Pratishtha ( the ritual of installing an idol ). Another legend states that once there was an argument between Lord Brahma( God of creation) and Lord Vishnu    (God of preservance) about their supremacy. They approached Lord Shiva for the decision. Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a column of light piercing through all the three Lokas Sky, earth and the underworld. He asked that whoever finds the end of the beam, will be the winner. This beam was endless. None of them was able to find the end. Lord Vishnu came back and accepted his defeat. However, Lord Brahma told a lie about finding the end of the column. Lord Shiva was enraged at his lie and cursed him that though he was the creator of the universe, he will not be worshipped on the earth. That is why today there is only one temple dedicated to Lord Brahma at Pushkar in this entire world. The places, where Lord Shiva appeared as column fiery column of light are called Jyotirlings. Each of these 12 Jyotirlings takes their name from the different manifestation of Lord Shiva and has a legend associated with it also. All the twelve Jyotirlingas are described in the shloka below -

सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम्। उज्जयिन्यां महाकालमोङ्कारममलेश्वरम्॥
परल्यां वैद्यनाथं च डाकिन्यां भीमशङ्करम्। सेतुबन्धे तु रामेशं नागेशं दारुकावने॥
वाराणस्यां तु विश्वेशं त्र्यम्बकं गौतमीतटे। हिमालये तु केदारं घुश्मेशं च शिवालये॥
एतानि ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि सायं प्रातः पठेन्नरः। सप्तजन्मकृतं पापं स्मरणेन विनश्यति॥
एतेशां दर्शनादेव पातकं नैव तिष्ठति। कर्मक्षयो भवेत्तस्य यस्य तुष्टो महेश्वराः॥:
द्वादश ज्योतिर्लिंग स्तोत्रम्

Trimbakeshwar


The Legend


Trimbakeshwar is one of the most important Jyotirlings among the twelve Jyotirlingas. It even finds its reference in the Mahamrituanjaya Mantra, - The Mantra of life which  the most powerful mantra and is







ॐ त्र्यंबकं यजामहे सु॒गन्धिं पुष्टि॒वर्ध॑नम् । 
उ॒र्वा॒रु॒कमि॑व॒ बन्ध॑नान् मृ॒त्योर् मु॑क्षीय॒ माऽमृता॑त् ।


Oṃ tryaṃbakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam
urvārukamiva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya mā'mṛtāt
   
       The legend goes back to Rishi Gautama one of the saptrishis. He worshipped Brahmdev. There was a famine for 24 years. God Varuna arranged rains daily at Rishi Gautam's Ashram. Due to his spiritual powers and help of God Varuna, he used to sow rice every morning, reap it in the afternoon and feed a large number of sages who had gathered in his ashram due to famine. This way he was increasing his good deeds or “Punya”. Indra the god of rains got jealous of him and sent Jaya, a friend of Ma Parvati in the form of a cow. Rishi Gautam accidentally killed the cow, which was a big sin in Hinduism. He sought the advice from the other Rishis. They advised him to bathe in the water of Holy Ganges to wash away his sins. Rishi Gautam went to Brahmgiri and practised penance. Lord Shiva granted him, Ganga. But Ganga was not ready to leave him. So Lord Shiva Struck his hair on Brahmgiri mountain and unleashed the Ganges. This place is known as Gangadwar and is the place from Godawari of today originates. The flow of Ganga was very strong and it kept on disappearing in the hills so Rishi Gautam could not bathe in it. to overcome this problem, he made a ghat made with Kusha – enchanted grass. Which is today's Kushavrata Kund. Here Rishi Gautama washed away his sins and till today River Godavari flows from this Kund to sea.

Due to the Penance of Rishi Gautam, the Ganga here came to be known as Gautami, which is today's Godawari and Lord Shiva manifested here and the place called to be known as Trimbakeshwar meaning three eyed.


Kushavarta Kund
Kushavarta Kund


Kushavarta Kund - Trimbakeshwar
Kushavarta Kund - Trimbakeshwar

A girl selling Flowers Near Kushavart Kund
A little girl selling Flowers Near Kushavart Kund

Arches around Kushavarta Kund - Trimbakeshwar
Arches around Kushavarta Kund - Trimbakeshwar

Architecture and History of the temple


The temple was built by Peshwa Baji Rao, popularly known as Nana Sahib in the 18th century. It is built up of black basalt stone found abundantly in Deccan Pleatue. The temple is built in Hemadpanthi or Nagara style. The temple stands in a large area and has gates on three sides leading to mandapam, which has Nandi and tortoise the symbols of Lord Shiva. The sanctum santorum or Garbh Griha is below the ground level. The Shivling here does not look like a normal Shivling rather has a depression in it and has three lingas representing Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh - The Creator, The Preserver and The Destroyer. The water or River Gomati keeps of filling the Jyotirling and the priests keep on removing it.

           The temple used to have a famous diamond known as Nassak diamond. This was pluntered by Britishers during Anglo Maratha war and is now with a private collector in Connecticut USA. A crown made out of gold, which was offered by Yudhishthar is also there and is brought out every Monday. The outer wall of the temple is heavily carved and is decorated with flowers, geometrical patterns, figures of Yakshas, humans and animals.

Frontal view of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling
Frontal view of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling


Beautifully carved outer wall of Trimbakeshwar temple
The beautifully carved outer wall of Trimbakeshwar temple


The entrance to the main temple
The entrance to the main temple

Another view of the outer side of the temple and a God figure in it.
Another view of the outer side of the temple and a God figure in it.

Gods and flower figures on the walls of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling
Gods and flower figures on the walls of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirling

Replica of the Jyoturling in Garbah Griha
Replica of the Jyotirling in Garbah Griha
 A replica if the Jyotirling is kept in the temple premises. The three representations of Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh are visible.


Sun Kissed Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple
Sun Kissed Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple

Location


Trimabakeshwar is located in Trimbak Tehsil of Nasik Distt in Maharashtra.

How to Reach


By Rail - The nearest Railhead is Nasik Road, which is around 40 kilometres from Trimbakeshwar. Regular state government buses, taxis and a lot of other means of Transport are easily available

By Air – The nearest Airport is Nasik and is 39 kilometres.

By Road - Nasik is well connected with other major cities with road

Other places of interest near Trimbakeshwar


  1. Anjaneri – Anjaneri mountain, considered to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman is 11 kilometres away.
  2. Gorakh Gufa – This is the place, where guru Gorakhnath used to meditate.
  3. Brahmgiri Hills – These hills are the source of River Godavari.
  4. Panchwati – Pacchwati, a small town is situated on the banks of river Godavari and considered sacred.
  5. Kedareshwar temple. - This temple is on the banks of Kushavartaghat and is dedicated to the presiding deity – Lord Shiva
        The visit to Trimbakeshwar is a soul cleansing experience.

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