Trimbakeshwar

Shri Trimbakeshwar Temple is located in the town of Trimbak at a distance of about 30-km from Nashik in Maharashtra near the mountain named Brahmagiri from which the river Godavari flows.
Trimbakeshwar Temple is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva and as the source of the river Godavari. Just as Ganga is known as Bhagirathi and is one of the most important river in North India, in the same way, Godavari is also known as Gautami Ganga and is the most sacred river in South India.
Trimbakeshwar Temple

The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is that it has three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra (Shiva). All other Jyotirlingas have Shiva as the main deity. The entire black stone temple is known for its appealing architecture and sculpture.
The construction of the temple was done in the Nagara style of architecture. It is surrounded by a massive stone wall and adorned with many sculptures. The structure today is a result of reconstruction done during the 18th century by the Peshwa Balaji Bajirao.

According to Shiva Purana, it is because of the earnest request of Godavari, Gautam Rishi and other Gods that Lord Shiva agreed to reside here and assumed the famous name Trimbakeshwar. Interestingly, locals refer to the river here as Ganga and not as Godavari. All the heavenly Gods promised to come down to Nasik, once in twelve years, when Jupiter resides in the zodiac sign of Leo. On this a grand fair is organized at this place(kumbha Mela). Devotees take a holy bath in the Gautami Ganga and then seek the blessings of Trimbakeshwar.

This Jyotirlinga named Trimbak, is the one which fulfills everyones desires. It emancipates all from their sins and miseries.The place is known for its scenic beauty in rainy season and is surrounded by lush green hills untouched by pollution. Anjaneri mountain, the birth place of Lord Hunuman is just 7 Km. form Triyambakeshwar.

According to historical records, Nashik is one of four places(Prayag, Nashik, Ujjain and Haridwar) where the elixir of immortality, the 'amrit'(nectar), fell to earth from a pitcher as gods and demons were engaged in the tussle to gain the ownership of the jar full of 'amrit'. The Kumbh Mela rotates among the four holy sites every three years.

The Kumbh Mela is marked by millions of devotees' plunge into the river Godavari that is believed would cleanse their souls leading to salvation. A ritual bath at a predetermined time and place is the major event of the festival. The annual festival of Shivratri is also celebrated with great pomp and show inviting thousands of pilgrims.