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Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga

Trimbakeshwar Temple is the most popular and most visited excursion near the Nashik city of Maharashtra. It is situated in the Trimbak village, which lies at a distance of approximately 36 km from Nashik. One of the main attractions of the Trimbakeshwar Temple is that it is regarded as the main Jyotirlinga, amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas situated in India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and serves as the venue of the main pujas (worship rituals) done in India, namely Narayan Nagbali, Tripindi and Kalsarpa.
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga
It has been built as per the Indo Aryan style and has been beautifully adorned with idols and sculptures, comprising the figures of humans, animals as well as yakshas. Encircling the Trimbakeshwar Temple is a colossal wall, made out of stone. In the path that leads to the temple is a large statue of a bull and one enters the sanctum sanctorum, the marble idol of Nandi Bull, the vehicle of Lord Shiva, comes into view. The Jyotirlingam is situated right in the center of the garbagriha and from here, River Ganges trickles constantly throughout the year.
Trimbakeshwar Temple serves as the venue of the Triyambak Kumbhamela, which takes place every twelve years for Shaivites (people who worship Lord Shiva). The Jyotirlinga at Trimbak has a very unique feature, unlike that of the eleven other Jyotirlingas. It comprises of three faces, representing the Hindu Trinity of Gods - Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahesh (Shiva). Situated near the mandir is the Gangasagar bathing tank, a dip in which is supposed to wash away all the sins of a person.
Situated at the foothills of Brahmagiri Mountain, Trimbakeshwar Temple has the Godavari River flowing near it. It is believed that anyone who visits the temple attains salvation from the world. The temple is also regarded as the most sacred place to perform the Shraddha ceremony of the deceased soul. The present structure of the temple was built by Baji Rao Peshwa, in the year 1730. since that time, Trimbakeshwar Temple has been attracting devotees as well as tourists from remotest corners of India as well as the world.

History
The temple is the prime reason of the popularity of the place which is now generally referred by the same name as the temple. The Peshwas are credited with the construction of the Shiva temple that now steals the show. It is also said that the crown over the Linga made of gold and precious jewels was installed by Pandavas of Mahabharata. The temple of the Lord is also associated with the historical time when Neelmani or Nassak Diamond which was a part of Lord Shiva's idol was seized by the British and taken away.
Different mythologies point to one common incident of an extremely long famine, effects of which could not affect Sage Gautama, one of the Saptrishi and his wife because of his high merits. From here on two versions split. First version tells about increasing merits of the sage because he chose to serve food selflessly to the other sages which made Indra worried and thus he ordered for the famine to be ended. However, the sage continued to earn merits by asking the rishis to eat at his place, a request that was granted. When Jaya, a friend of Goddess Parvati got killed by a sharp grass for grazing the field in the form of a frail cow by the Sage Gautama, he had to perform penance of his sin of 'Gau Hatya' - killing of a Cow to bring Goddess Ganga from the deadlocks of Lord Shiva down to earth to wash away his sin. Lord Shiva after becoming happy with the penance rewarded what was asked from him for greater good. And then Lord manifested here on the banks of River Gautami to take care of the place forever.
The other version is about Lord Ganesha becoming the cow on the request of the rishis and their wives jealous of the merits of Sage Gautama and dying forcing the sage to please Lord Shiva with his penance and bring Ganga to earth. Delighted Lord Shiva appeared with all the gods and goddesses and said to have remained here since then in the form of Jyotirlinga of Trimbakeshwar, hence the story of 33 Crore Gods and Goddesses staying here making it as popular as a pilgrimage place could get.
There is a small mythological story behind the pond Kushavarta. When Ganges appeared on earth by the power of penance of Muni Gautama, she was sulking on getting parted with Lord Shiva which made here appear in compulsion and disappear in anger at one or the other places like Ganga Sagar Tirth, Varaha Tirth, etc. Muni then bound her by Kusha (a grass) to bathe in her waters to purify himself.

Other places to see near Trimbakeshwar
Gangadwar or Gangadwaram where the river flows beneath the twigs of trees in a narrow place. Nearer to paapa Haarini Theertham, Mahadeva and Ganga Matha temples are located. On the way to Brahmagiri, Vithal Mandir and Ganga Dwar can be seen. Caves of 108 Shiva Lingas is a must see place where Maharshi Gowthama worshipped lord Shiva. Kushavartham is the origin of river Godavari, Parashuram temple and Ambika alayam are some more places which can be visited.

How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is located in Mumbai (200 Km) from regular taxi services ply to Trimbakeshwar.
By Train: Just 28 Km away is Nashik Railway station that connects the holy city from rest of the country through major cities and town.
By Road: Bus service from Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune etc are available, else travelers are free to opt to hire car or taxi according to their preference.

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