An important part of Maharashtra's pilgrimage tour, Trimbakeshwar temple is located in Trimbakeshwar taluka of Nashik district, the place where river Godavari originates at the adjacent hill of Brahmagiri. ‘Kushavarta,’ a huge water tank in Trimbakeshwar, which is symbolic to the origin of Godavari, is considered as a sacred place for Hindus to take a bath. Kushavarta is the holiest place to perform 'shradha' ceremony like Narayan nagbal. Owing to the presence of one of the 12 ‘jyotirlingas,' Trimbakeshwar Temple holds an important position in the religious beliefs of Hindus. Moreover, it is this place where ‘Kumbh Mela,’ largest mass Hindu pilgrimage, takes place in every twelve years.
Built in Hemadpanthi style, Trimbakeshwar temple is completely made of black stone and counted among the most popular Shiva temples in India. The current structure of the east-facing temple was commissioned by Peshwa Balaji Bajirao in 1755-1786 AD. The Extraordinary feature of the temple is its three faced self- manifested Jyotirlinga, symbolizing Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Rudra. Also, there are three small lingams in the main sanctum. Due to excessive use of water, the linga has started to erode. As per the locals, erosion on the lingam symbolizes the eroding nature of human society. The crown is said to be from the age of Pandavs and consists of diamonds, emeralds, and many precious stones. On every Monday, temple authorities exhibit the crown to the visitors, between 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM. A 20-25 feet tall wall borders the temple.
When on a visit to the Trimbakeshwar temple, devotees should visit the Brahmagiri hill, also known as Ganga Teerth, which is known for the presence for ‘Nath’ sect caves. Legend has it that a circumambulation of this hill in the Hindu calendar month of Shravan is considered as auspicious. As per the mythological records, Godavari river made its way out from the unruly locks of Shiva. And that's the reason why the river is very sacred.
To reach the temple, devotees can take state run buses from Nashik. Nearest railway station is in Nashik too. For stay, many accommodation facilities are available in and around the temples.
Best Time to Visit
During the Mahashivratri festival, the entire temple remains decorated with festoons and flowers. Mahashivratri is the best time to visit the temple.
05:30 AM to 09:00 PM
Trimbakeshwar, Nashik, Maharashtra 422212
To add a pinch of zeal and zest in pilgrimage tour to Trimbakeshwar, tourists can go for long and short treks to Brahmagiri, Harshagad, and Bhaskargad. In all these regions, tourists can visit forts, which are approachable even for amateurs. Best time to go for trekking in the region would be monsoon as this is when the cascades are in full swing and the landscapes turn into a beautiful sight.
Else, tourists can also club their trip with a short visit to Anjaneri and Nashik. Hardly 6 kilometers away from Trimbakeshwar, Anjaneri believed to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. Anjaneri is famous for its forts too. Nashik, located on the bank of Godavari, is known for hosting the grand Kumbh Mela. In the large portion of Nashik, there are some intriguing temples that reference the Hindu epic and some huge bathing ghats. In Nashik, tourists can visit following attractions:
- Sita Gufa
- Sula Vineyard
- Pandavleni Caves
- Kapileshwara Temple
- Kalaram Temple
- Dudhsagar Falls