Trimbakeshwar is one of the holy places of not only Maharashtra
but the whole India is near Nashik.
Trimbakeshwar is one of the twelve Jyotirlingaas of Lord
The following verse shall explain the importance of this
sacred place and the next one gives names of the Twelve
Jyotirlingaas in India. This says that anybody who visits
Trimbakeshwar attains salvation. There is no sacred place
like Trimbakeshwar, no river like Godavari, no mountain
like Bramhagiri etc.The reasons for its being so sacred
are - Godavari river originates in this place, its a place
of Tri-Sandhya Gayatri, the birth place of Lord Ganesha, a
place of the first Nath of Nath Sampradaya consisting of
Gorakhnath and others, a place where Nivrittinath was made
to imbibe the holy knowledge by his Guru Gahininath, a
place where Nivrittinath made his brothers and sister
attain the self by his preaching.
This is the holiest place to perform Shradha ceremony like
Narayan nagbali As per Nirnaya Sindhu - a religious book of Hindus.
Trimbakeshwar Temple ( Timing of Temple
5.30Am - 9 P.M )
Trimbakeshwar Temple is one of the holiest and sacred
place for Hindu pilgrims and
is revered as a one of the
12 Jyotirlingaas shrines of Lord Shiva. The temple
lies in the foothill of mountain Bramhagiri which is
the origin of river Ganga (called here by name Godavari).
The most attractive part of this temple is presence of 3
linga's each representing Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
All three resides in a hallow space within the Shiva
This temple is built by Shri Nana Saheb Peshawa in
1755-1786 AD .Its is built with black stone and the
Shivlingam is said to be emerged naturally. The temple is
bordered with around 20-25 stone feet wall in height.
Temple is just 10 min walk from the bus stand and thus
no need for auto's. Entrance gate will lead us to the
queue which has logical separation of around 6-7 lines.
The queue to the main temple passes through Nandi
temple which is built in front of the Shiva temple, Nandi
facing Shivlingam (as we know Shiva temple always
has Nandi Idol where Nandi always faces Shiva lingam .Nandi
Idol is sitting on a platform which is a foot or two
in height and is carved out of white marble. Crossing this
Nandi temple we step in to the Shiva temple .Then we
enter a big hall whose roof is in dome shape from inside.
The sanctum is not big and houses the main Shivlingam
and three lings residing in hollow structure.
Outside the temple just in-front of entrance gate, one can
see few cows self feeding the grass.
Just a 5 min walk away from main temple there is a sacred
pond called "Kushavarta" which is from where river
Ganga takes here route to the rest of India. A dip in this
sacred river wipes off the sins, is the belief of
people. The sage Gautam committed a sin of murdering a cow
and by taking bath in this river, wiped off his sin &
gets rid off of all its sin's if he takes bath here. Story
has that, Sage Gautam forced river Ganga to stall
within the enchanted grass area he made and puts a vow on
her. This he done so to take a holy bath in this
water and to get rid of his sin for killing a cow.
Sheemant Rao Sahib Parnekar built the temple around the
stalled water at this place which we are seeing today.
The walls inside all along the hall is inscribed by
various Idols, and in all corners are some small temple.
The most important fact of this pond is that it is the
starting point of Kumb Mela which happens once in a 12
year and next is on 2015. Saints all over the world come
to this place on the occasion of mela to take a holy
There are certain time allotted by the government abiding
which Saints needs to take bath. They take bath in
the sequence of their seniority and once they are done
then rest of normal peoples can proceed. As per the rule
the sadhus (Saint) belonging to "Vaishnav" sect will take
bath in Godavari at Ram Kund, Panchavati and those
belonging to "Shaiva" sect will take bath here. Since
Godavari (Ganga) flows from here and reaches at Ram Kund
so both are considered pious. This rule was set by Peshawa
during the time where in one of the Kumb mela these
two groups fought with each other over who would take the
holy bath first which resulted in hundreds of death.
Another attraction of this place is the Bramhagiri Hill,
which is the origin of the river Ganga and is named
here as Godavari. To reach the top of the hill one needs
to go through some 700 steps and usually needs 4-5
hours to cover. Trimbakeshwar Temple is perched on the
picturesque lusting green Bramhagiri hills. River
Godavari originates on this hill and flows though the
Original Ganges and Trimbak Tirtha are on Bramhagiri
mountain adjacent to Trimbakeshwar temple.
Bramhagiri is considered as a huge form of Lord Shiva and
hence the mountain climbing was considered as a sin.However in 1908 Seth Lalchand Jashodanand Bhambhani of
Karachi and Seth Ganeshdas built 500 steps of stone at a
cost of Rs. 40,000 then this has facilitated easy access
to Bramhagiri. Godavari is flowing in three directions
on the mountain.
The one flowing towards east is called Godavari, one
flowing towards the south is called
Vaitarna and the one flowing towards the west is called
the west-flowing Ganga and meets Godavari near Chakra
Tirth. River Ahilya meets Godavari in front of the
Trimbakeshwar temple. Childless families worship at the
Ahilya sangam and it is believed that they do get a child.
The first peak of Sahyadri is called Brahmadri. The story
associated with this is that Shankar
was pleased with Brahmadev and said “ I shall be known by
your name”. Hence it is called as Bramhagiri. The
mountain is 1800 feet high . Its height from sea level is
4248 feet. Five peaks of this mountain are called
Sadyo-Jata, Vamdev, Aghora, Ishana and Tat-Purusha and are
considered as five mouths of the Lord Shiva and they
Gangadwar is half way to Bramhagiri mountain. There is a
temple of Ganga, now known as Godavari
River. Ganga appears first time here, after it vanishes
from Bramhagiri Mountain. Godavari comes to Gangadwar
from Brahmadri. There are 750 steps to Gangadwar. These
were built by Karamsi Ranamull of Village Maska. The
work was commenced on 1st of Chaitra in Samwat 1907 and
was completed on 5th of Chaitra Samwat 1918 by Seth
Hansraj Karamsi. Gangadwar is one of the five tirthas.
There is an idol of Ganga and near her feet is a stone
of the shape of cow’s head through which Ganga water is
flowing drop by drop.
Nil Parvat (mountain) :
Shreemant Seth Kapol has built about 200 steps. On the
summit is the temple of Nilamba Matamba
Devi (Nilambika), further on is an ancient temple of
Nilkantheshwar Mahadev and an idol of Parashuram. There is
an old akhada or matha of the Gosavi sect and an ancient
temple of Sadguru Dattatraya.
Gautam Tirtha :
Gautam Tirtha is to the south of the Ganges and the
Trimbakeshwar temple. Varun being pleased
with Gautam gave this tirtha as a permanent source of
water. To the north is Gautameshwar and to the south is
Rameshwar Mahadev. This tank is 600 x 400 ft and is built
by Shrimant Pandit Zashivale at a cost of Rs.
Bilwa Tirtha :
Bilwa Tirtha is to the north of Nila mountain. It is one
of the five tirthas. There is a
temple of Bilvakeshwar Mahadev built by Naro Vinayak Gogte
in 1738 at a cost of Rs. 25,000.00.
Indra Tirtha :
Indra Tirtha is to the east and near Kushavarta.This is
known as Shakra-Kupa for Indra wiped
off his curse given by sage Gautam for enjoying Ahilya, by
a bath in this tirtha.This is built with cut stone
in octagonal form by Vishnu Mahadeo Gadre at a cost of Rs.
22000 in 1778.On the bank of the tirtha is a
beautiful temple of Indreshwar Mahadev with an idol of
Indra seated on an Airavata elephant.Besides this there
are Vishwanath tirtha, Nilambar tirtha or Moti-tank,
Mukund tirtha, Prayag tirtha and Veni-Madhav and other
Mahadev temples on the bank of Prayag tirtha. Here is a
matha of Nirvana Sampradaya (sect) Nilganga tirtha and
nilsangameshwar Mahadev temple are on the north bank of
Ahilya Sangam Tirtha :
To force Gautam to give up his penance, a friend of Ganga
named Jatila took the form of
Ahilya, Gautam’s wife. Gautam could make it out and cursed
her to be transformed into a river. Then she begged
his pardon. Gautam granted her pardon and said that she
will be freed of her curse on her joining with Godavari
river. This is the Ahilya-Sangam tirtha where Ganga and
Godavari join. There is a temple of Sangmeshwar
Nivruttinath Temple :
The temple of Shree Nivruttinath is near Gangadwar
Sampradaya consisting of Gorakhnath and
others. Nivruttinath was made to imbibe the holy knowledge
by his Guru Gahininath. A place where Nivruttinath
made his brothers and sister attain the self by his