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Trimbakeshwar in Nashik: A Jyotirlinga

''Kushavarta, considered symbolic origin of Godavari, is a sacred bathing place for Hindus''

The temple has beautiful surroundings and has some spectacular ancient sculpture and architecture. It leaves one wondering how people managed such perfect carving in ancient times. The current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao and is one of the 12 jyothirlinga shrines, the places where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light.

LOCATION : In the town of Trimbak in Nashik district of Maharashtra, India.

WHY GO THE DISTANCE : Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this ancient temple is located at the source of river Godavari, the longest river in peninsular India, and is revered as a sacred place by Hindu pilgrims. Godavari originates from Bramhagiri mountains and meets the sea near Rajahmudry. Sanctum Sanctorum has 3 Banlingams depicting Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. The water around these is believed to be the source of Goadavari. Main entry is from South Gate of Temple.

For an early morning Abhishek, one needs to reach temple before 7:00am. Only men are allowed to do it. However, if going in normal hours, be prepared to stand in a queue to do darshan. It is not possible to do darshan of shrine for more than a minute when close to it considering the growing queue. Reflection of the 3 Banlingams and pujaris offering prayers can also be seen in a mirror placed right above it when at a distance.

Devotees take a dip at Kushavarta – The Kund, from where river Godavari takes its course, to wash their sins before entering the temple. Bathing in these waters is believed to bring moksha or salvation. On Mondays, which are Lord Shiva days, priests carry the idol of Trimbakeshwar in a palanquin on their shoulders around the temple in order to offer prayers. Shivratri is also celebrated with great pomp and gaiety and attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India.

Photography is prohibited in temple premises. For safety of cameras and phone, deposit them at the counter operated by temple staff. Outside the temple you may come across ladies selling grass calling it a ritual to feed cows. Beware of them. There’s no such ritual. Feeding cows is absolutely an individual choice.

TEMPLE TIMINGS : 5.30am – 9.00pm

GETTING THERE : Nashik has a good road and train connectivity. Drive to Trimbakeshwar from Nashik city is good too, except for a few patches where the construction work is on. The distance from main Nashik city to the temple is about 30 kms. The nearest airport is in Mumbai.

Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal


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