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Unveiling the Sacred Trimbakeshwar Temple: A Spiritual Journey into Lord Shiva’s 12 Jyotirlingas

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Story Behind Trimbakeshwar Temple it is located in the town of Trimbak in the Nashik district of Maharashtra, India, and holds great historical and rеligious significance. This ancient temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, sacred shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology, a Jyotirlinga rеprеsеnts self-manifеstеd linga (symbol) of his divinе powеr. Thеrе arе twеlvе Jyotirlingas sprеad across India and еach holds a uniquе talе of its origin and significancе.

Lord Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Moola Mantra

Om TryAmbakam Yajaamahe
Sugandhim Pusstti-Vardhanam
Urvaarukam-Iva Bandhanaan
Mrtyor-Mukssiiya Maa

Story Behind Trimbakeshwar Temple

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Legend states that Gautama Rishi loved on the Brahmagiri hills with his wife, Ahilya, near the Trimbakeshwar. During a severe 24-year famine, Gautama Rishi, through with his devotion and regular prayers, earned the favor of Lord Varun, the God of rain. Pleased with Gautama’s devotion Lord Varun ensured rainfall mainly in the fields surrounding Gautama’s Ashram, providing abundant food grains for the sage and the famine-affected people.

However, Gautama’s prosperity made jealousy among other Rishis and even Lord Indra, the king of gods. In an attempt to diminish Gautama’s popularity, Lord Indra commanded widespread rain to end the famine, hoping the other Rishis would leave Gautama’s Ashram, thereby weakening his blessings.

Despite these challenges, Gautama Rishi remained steadfast and continued to feed the Rishis who sought refuge in his Ashram. However, a cow sent by jealous Rishis destroyed Gautama’s crops and food, leading to its death at Gautama’s hands. Unknown to him, the cow was a avatar of Goddess Parvati’s friend, Jaya.

His unintentional sin, Gautama Rishi prayed to Lord Shiva, who released the holy Ganga river upon his request. The river was instructed to stay in the region, and the Kushavarta Pond, now part of the Godavari River, became a site where people worshiped the Godavari as Ganga.

Impressed by Gautama Rishi’s devotion, Lord Shiva himself as came as Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga, ensuring his eternal presence for devotees to seek blessings and redemption.

Mystery of Trimbakeshwar

There is a myth surrounding the underground stream that originates under the temple. According to legend, a mystery reveals that this stream flows over a lingam (Lord Shiva) before it enters the Godavari River.
This flow of water over the Jyotirlinga signifies the sanctity of the divine water bathing the Jyotirlingam, adding to the spiritual significance of the temple.

Power of Trimbakeshwar

Power of  Trimbakeshwar

Worshiping Shiva brings incredible cosmic energy that blesses all who seek the Path of Salvation. Heandi is considered the ultimate healer who performs rituals on the banks of the Godavari River to free his ancestors from Pitru Loka and usher them into the heavenly realm of Lord Shiva.

Lord Trimbakeshwar enjoys chanting Rudram and Chamakam and devotees believe that they receive his cosmic blessings by reciting these holy hymns, performing Maha Rudra Puja and participating in Kala Sarpa Shanti rituals. These practices are believed to cure diseases, ward off misfortune, absolve the sin of harming snakes, bless childless couples with children, encourage early marriages, foster family happiness, promote unity and harmony, resolve financial crises and guarantee a life full of peace and prosperity . .

The Trimbakeshwar Temple in Trimbak, Maharashtra, India is the heart of these spiritual rituals. It is surrounded by the serene beauty of Trimbak and attracts devotees from every corner seeking the divine blessings.

History of Trimbakeshwar

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Shri Trimbakeshwar Temple is located about 28 km from Nashik, near the Brahamagiri Hill in Maharashtra where the Godavari River flows. It was built by the third Peshwa Balaji Bajirao (1740-1760) in place of the old temple.

Trimbakeshwar Temple is a religious center that contains one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. This town is situated at the foothills of Brahamagiri hill which is 3000 feet above sea level.

Story of Godavari River

Located in the majestic Sahyadri highlands, the Trimbakeshwar temple is a sacred site intricately linked to the mythology of the Godavari River. The story opens with the well-known character of Sage Gautama, who is revered for his wisdom and asceticism. He resided at an ashram near Trimbakeshwar, although the place was very parched. Gautama beseeched the water goddess Varuna with great fervor after witnessing the suffering of the people and the eroding land.

As a result of Gautama’s devotion, Varuna discharged a celestial stream of sacred water from the Brahmagiri mountains rather than sending rain onto the earth. This amazing fountain became a wellspring of conflict as well as life. Angry by Gautama’s unrestricted entry, otherwise men arrived to lay claim to the water. The wife of Gautama, Ahalya, inadvertently infuriated the others by trying to get water first.

They summoned the elephant-headed deity Ganesha in an attempt to teach Gautama a lesson. Playfully assuming the shape of a cow, Ganesha made his way toward Gautama. Tragically, Gautama mistook sacred grass for the cow and, by religious custom, brushed it. Gautama, filled with regret, recognized that he had committed a serious transgression. In an attempt to repent, he set off on an extended and difficult pilgrimage.

At last, the compassionate god, Lord Shiva, materialized in front of him. Shiva, seeing the situation, offered a remedy. He turned the sacred Ganges River, which was streaming from his matted hair, toward the direction of the spring with a miraculous gesture. After purging Gautama of his sins, the heavenly waters flowed south and became the powerful Godavari River. As a result, the Trimbakeshwar temple came to be known as the sacred source of the Godavari, bearing witness to the lasting force of the river that has fed the region for ages, the dedication of Gautama, and the favor of Shiva.

Trimbakeshwar Market

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The road leading to the Trimbakeshwar Shiva temple is lined with small and makeshift shops selling religious items and trinkets like bracelets, rings, and beads. Some also sell clothes, boxes, and handicrafts.

How to Reach Trimbakeshwar Temple

The Trimbakeshwar jyotirling mandir holds significance, as a pilgrimage destination. For those planning to visit here are the suggested routes;

By Road: Trimbakeshwar location is near Nashik City, 171 kilometers away from Mumbai and 210 kilometers away from Pune. A common route from Mumbai to Nashik involves using the NH3 expressway.
When traveling by road the distance between Nashik and Trimbakeshwar is 29 kilometers with an estimated travel time of, around 41 reach.

By Air: Trimbakeshwar shiv mandir is near Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, around 200 kilometers away. You may then take a bus or taxi to Trimbakeshwar, stopping first at Nashik.

By Train: The closest train station to Trimbakeshwar is Nashik, which is located around 40 miles away.

Trimbakeshwar is 28 kilometers from Nashik city center. You can take a taxi or a cab to get there.

What to wear in Trimbakeshwar temple

Whether you intend to enter the main Trimbakeshwar jyotirling mandir for prayers, or whether you merely want to check the premises, determines the Trimbakeshwar Temple’s dress code.

All you need is modest attire to just wander around the temple compound. This entails staying away from exposing apparel, sleeveless shirts, shorts, and skirts that fall below the knee. Choose a shirt or kurta with long pants or a long skirt.

Here, the dress code is more traditional

Men: A kurta and dhoti would be ideal. Additionally appropriate are long leggings and a shirt with an upper fabric (angavastra/dupatta).

Women: Dupatta and salwar kameez or saree are the recommended outfits.

It’s okay if you don’t wear attire. Just make sure you’re dressed respectfully and
You might also find shops near the temple selling dhotis, kurtas, sarees, and dupattas.

Are phones allowed in Trimbakeshwar Temple?

About phones, there appear to be some contradicting statements at Trimbakeshwar Temple. It’s what I discovered:

Phones Not Allowed: According to several reports, cell phones are completely prohibited on temple property. According to these authorities, you should leave your phone in your car or at a locker business near the temple.

Phones Allowed but Off: According to one source, phones are permitted within the sanctum (the holiest area of the temple), but they should be turned off or kept outside

Phones shouldn’t be allowed inside the temple because there may be contradicting information available.

Ask for suggestions from your hotel or guesthouse.

Look for signs at the temple entrance or ask the security staff.

Rush days at Trimbakeshwar Temple

There is a crowd in the temple, you can opt for a special darshan (Rs. 200 per head) or visit early morning to avoid the rush and there will be a rush on Mahashivaratri, Shravan month, and Karthik Purnima.

How is the crowd in Trimbakeshwar Temple?

Usually its very crowded on the special days of Mahashivaratri, Shravan month, and Karthik Purnima

How much time does it take for darshan in Trimbakeshwar?

Normally, it takes 15 to 30 min for Darshan. Other days it may take an hour. It depends on the crowd

Bhakti Nivas- Trimbakeshwar

The temple is maintained by Trimbakeshwar Temple Trust.
The Temple Trust has constructed a decent and spacious toom named Shivprasad Bhakta Niwas which has 24 rooms (2 bedded, 3 bedded, 5 bedded), a conference hall, a lift, and
hot water facilities. This made the logging facility easy for the communities

Contact details: 0253 257 2038

there are other Bakat Niwas: Shri Gagangiri Maharaj Ashram
Om Dham Dharamshala
Maheshwari Bhakt Niwas

Trimbakeshwar Temple Darshan Timings

The temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and if you are visiting the temple for darshan it is always good to know the opening and closing hours.

Timings are from morning 5:30 or 6:00 AM so that devotees can start their day with daily offerings and prayers. It is open all day until 21:00. But definitely, it’s definitely worth checking the exact hours before planning your visit.

All daysMonday to Sunday5:30 am to 9 pm

Trimbakeshwar Trust Contact Information

Address:Trimbak, Maharashtra, India 422212
Phone number:+91-2594-233215/ +91-2594-234251
For more information contact: Website or Temple trust

Video credit: MyGov India

Image by Freepik and wikipedia Shiva icon by Icons8

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