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Trimbakeshwar Temple
 

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Trimbakeshwar temple located at a distance of around 30kms west of Nasik in Trimbak is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. This 18th century black stone temple enclosed in a spacious courtyard at the foothills of Brahmagiri mountain was constructed in the Nagara style of architecture by Peshwa Balaji Bajirao.

The Shivalingam of the temple is placed in the internal square sanctum sanctorum (garbagriha) and water constantly oozes out from the top of it. The sanctum is crowned with a graceful tower, embellished with a giant Amalaka and a golden kalasha. The unique feature of the shivalinga here is that it bears three faces of the three almighty Gods of Hindu mythology i.e Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Maheshwara and hence termed as Tryambaka. It is always covered with a silver mask and on festive occasions, it is decked out with a golden mask consists of diamonds, emeralds and many precious stones.

The temple facade has a huge statue of Nandi bull, the vehicle of Lord Shiva and another marble idol of the same can be seen inside the temple, near the sanctum. The mandap in front of garbagriha consists of doors on all four sides of which three are covered with porches and the openings of these porches are decorated with pillars and arches. Its roof of the mandap is formed by the rising steps made of curved slabs . The whole structure of the mandap is decorated with sculptural work featuring running scrolls, floral designs, and figures of gods, yakshas, humans and animals.

It is said that Trimbakeshwar temple is the source of river Godavari ( also called as Gautami Ganga, most sacred river in South India) that flows into the nearby 'Gangasagar bathing tank' and a dip here is supposed to wash away all the sins. The temple is considered as the holiest place to perform Shraddha ceremony of the deceased soul and also believed that one can attain salvation by visiting the temple. Trimbakeshwar Temple serves as the venue of the Triyambak Kumbhamela, which takes place every twelve years for Shaivites. Monday is a scared day here and Shivratri is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm


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