near Nashik in Maharashtra, has a Jyotirlinga shrine
associated with the origin of the Godavari river.
Trimbakeshwar Temple in NasikShri Trimbakeshwar Temple
is located at a distance of about 30-km from Nasik in
Maharashtra near the mountain named Brahmagiri from
which the river Godavari flows.This temple is constructed
in the Indo Aryan style. This temple is near to the
mountain Brahmagiri which is near the river Godavari.
Thousands of devotees every year take bath in the holy
river of Godavari and then take the blessings of Shri
Trimbakeshwar Temple is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga
shrines of Shiva and as the source of the river Godavari.
Accordingly to the Shiv Purana it is because of the
humble request of Godavari, Gautam Rishi and other gods
that Lord Shiva agreed to reside here and assumed the
famous name Trimbakeshwar. Once there lived a sage Gautam
with his wife Ahilya. The aim of their life was sacrament
and good of others. Once there came a drought. Unselfish
Gautam Rishi made a pit and filled it with water by
pacifying God Varuna. Seeing this, the wives of other
sages felt jealous. They made a conspiracy to drive
Gautam Rishi and his wife out of the vicinity. All the
sages came together and started worshipping Lord Ganesha.
Lord Ganesha was pleased with their devotion assumed
form and being told the boon to be granted discouraged
the sages from doing so. But when the sages did not
agree he blessed them accordingly and disappeared. After
that Lord Ganesha assumed the form of a cow and entered
the courtyard of Gautam Rishi's house and started eating
grass and plants. Rishi Gautam saw this and started
hitting the cow with a stick. As soon as the stick touched
the cow, the cow dropped down dead. At that moment the
other evil sages came there and criticized Gautam Rishi
for his cruelty. They told him to leave this place and
go away. Gaumtam Rishi humbly accepted the decision.
The sages suggested that Gaumtam Rishi should circumambulate
the earth thrice, the Mountain Brahmagiri 100 times,
holy bath in the Ganges and worshipping of 1 crore Shivalingas.
After performing this penance, Lord Shiva appeared before
them. Sage Gautam asked to be freed from the crime.
Lord Shiva told Sage Gautam that he was innocent and
pure. The other sages had planned a conspiracy against
popular legend behind Trimbakeshwar Temple is the legend
of Lingodbhava manifestation of Shiva. It says once
Brahma and Vishnu searched in vain to discover the origin
of Shiva who manifested himself as a cosmic column of
fire. Brahma lied that he had seen the top of the column
of fire and was hence cursed that he would not be worshipped
on earth. In turn Brahma cursed Shiva that he would
be pushed underground. Accordingly, Shiva came down
under the Brahmagiri hill in the form of Tryambakeshwar.
Trimbakeshwar Temple is the only place where Shivlinga
is not out but itís inside the floor. Some scholars
say that Goddess Parvati also came down along Lord Shiva
and Ganga. The place is therefore called Tryambakeshwa
(three lords). Others believe that the place is so called
because of the presence of three Shivlinga of Brahma,
Vishnu and Mahesh. The Shivlinga of Lord Mahesh has
always-flowing water among the three Shivlingas. Structure
of Trimbakeshwar Temple Trimbakeshwar Temple is an ancient
shrine, however the current structure is a result of
the reconstruction efforts undertaken by the Peshwa
Balaji Bajirao in mid 18th century. The temple is built
of black stone in the Nagara style of architecture and
is enclosed in a spacious courtyard. The sanctum internally
a square and externally a stellar structure houses a
small Shivalingam - Tryambaka. The sanctum is crowned
with a graceful tower, embellished with a giant Amalaka
and a golden kalasha. In front of the garbagriha and
the antarala is a mandap with doors on all four sides.
Three of these doorways are covered with porches and
the openings of these porches are ornamented with pillars
and arches. Curvilinear slabs rising in steps form roof
of the mandapam. The entire structure is ornamented
with sculptural work featuring running scrolls, floral
designs, and figures of gods, yakshas, humans and animals.
The Shivalingam is seen in a depression on the floor
of the sanctum. Water constantly oozes out from the
top of the Shivalingam. Usually, the Shivalingam is
covered with a silver mask but on festive occasions
a golden mask with five faces, each with a golden crown