Trimbakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Trimbakeshwar tehsil in the Nashik District of Maharashtra, India, 28 km from the city of Nashik. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
It is situated at the bank of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. The Godavari River, which is viewed as holy in Hinduism, starts from Bramhagiri mountains and meets the ocean at Rajahmudry. Kusavarta, a kund is viewed as the typical source of the river Godavari, and respected by Hindus as a holy bathing place. The current temple was constructed by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao.
As described by Shiv Purana, it is a result of the sincere appeal of Godavari, Gautam Rishi and other gods that Lord Shiva consented to reside here and accepted the well known name Trimbakeshwar. Interestingly, local people refer to the River here as Ganga and not as Godavari. All the grand Gods guaranteed to come down to Nasik, once in twelve years, when Jupiter lives in the zodiac sign of Leo. On this an amazing grand fair is organized at this location. Worshippers take a holy bath in the Gautami Ganga and then seek the blessings of Trimbakeshwar.
Trimbakeshwar is a religious focus having one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The phenomenal feature of the Jyotirlinga situated here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. Because of unreasonable utilization of water, the linga has begun to erode. It is said that this erosion symbolizes the eroding nature of human culture. The Lingas are enclosed by a jeweled crown which is set over the Gold Mask of Tridev (Brahma Vishnu Mahesh). The crown is said to be from the time of Pandavs and comprises of diamonds, emeralds, and numerous valuable stones. The crown is shown each Monday from 4-5 pm (Shiva).
Other all Jyotirlingas have Shiva as the primary god. The whole black stone temple is known for its attractive architecture engineering and sculpture and is at the foothills of a mountain called Brahmagiri. Three origins of the Godavari start from the Brahmagiri mountain.
Legend Behind Trimbakeshwar Temple
Legend goes that a sage name Gautam Muni dwelled on the Brahmagiri hill with his wife Ahilya. By excellence of his dedication, the sage got from Varuna, an unlimited pit from which he got an unlimited supply of grains and food. The other rishis, envious of his fortune, arranged for a cow to enter his granary and made it pass on as Gowtam Rishi endeavored to ward it off with a bunch of Darbha grass.
Gautam Rishi, accordingly, devoted Lord Shiva to bring the Ganga down to his hermitage to clean the premises. Satisfied with dedication, Shiva asked Ganga to stream down and make Sage Gautam unpolluted. After that Ganga streamed down. Lord Shiva advised Ganga to stay there forever for the benefit of everybody. All the Gods began singing the acclaims of Gautam Rishi, Ganga and Lord Shiva. On the appeal of all Gods, Lord Shiva lived by the river Gautami by the name Trimbakeshwar (one of the Jyotirlinga