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Tryambakeshwar, 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 Trimbarkeshwar.

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 him.

Another 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 covers it.


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