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Trimbakeshwar is one of the twelve Jyotirlingaas of Lord Shiva.
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
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 lingam.
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
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 bath.
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 are worshipped.
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
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. 50,000.00.
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 Mahadev.
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