Counted as the holiest temple in the Trimbakeshwar tehsil in the Nashik District of Maharashtra, India, the Trimbakeshwar Temple houses one of the most important twelve Jyotirlingas, a form of Lord Shiva. Perched on the foot of Brahmagiri Hills, the temple is situated in the pious city of Trimbak, which finds its mention in the powerful Mrityunjaya Mantra that bestows immortality and longevity. Built in the 18th century by Maratha ruler, Peshwa Nana Saheb, the temple is a perfect epitome of classic architecture.
History Trimbakeshwar Temple:-
Some stories explain the formation of the Trimbakeshwar Temple. It is believed that Trimbak was a land of sages and munis. Gautam Rishi was one of the Rishis who lived here with his wife, Ahilya. The land was struck with a massive drought and so, Gautam Rishi requested the Lord of water, God Varuna, to solve the problem of water scarcity. God Varuna accepted his prayers and gave him an unlimited supply of water. However, the other Rishis became jealous of Gautam Rishi. So, they prayed to Lord Ganesha to send a cow to Gautam Rishi’s field which was rich with crops. When the cow went to Gautam Rishi’s field, he tried to frighten it. But, somehow the cow died. After this, he went to Lord Shiva along with his wife to seek punishment for the crime he committed. Lord Shiva was very pleased and then, he ordered the river Ganga to come down on earth. The river flowed from Brahmagiri Hill and Gautam Rishi also trapped it in a Kund which is called as Kushavarta. Then, the Rishi requested Lord Shiva to reside there. Accepting his request, the Lord turned into a Linga to stay there.
According to another story, it is believed that Lord Brahma lied to Lord Shiva that he had found the end of an endless pillar of fire originating from Lord Shiva. Therefore, Lord Shiva cursed Lord Brahma that he will not be worshipped anymore. This infuriated Lord Brahma and he also cursed Lord Shiva. After this, Lord Shiva went under the ground and therefore, his Linga at Trimbakeshwar is below the ground level. The temple has been constructed by Maratha ruler, Nana Saheb Peshwa in the 18th century.
How to Reach Trimbakeshwar?
Trimbakeshwar By Road:
Tryambakeshwar Temple is located at a distance of 36 km from Nasik, one of the most prominent cities in Maharashtra. Naturally, this place is connected quite well through roadways network to various destinations in the state and other parts of India. Nearest cities are Shirdi at 76 km, Thane 127 km, Ahmednagar 141 km, Pune 209 km, Aurangabad 159 km, and Mumbai 166 km.
Those traveling from Mumbai need to journey across National Highway 3 over the Thane-Kasara-Igatpuri route. Interested people can easily avail the buses operated by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) after reaching Nasik. Private buses, taxis, and cars for reaching Tryambakeshwar Temple from the city are also available.
Trimbakeshwar By Train:
The nearest railway station from Tryambakeshwar is Nasik, 36 km away. Many trains ply this route from such major destinations as Mumbai (44+ trains), Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Chennai. Other important cities connected through the Indian railway network include Bangalore, Lucknow, Kanpur, Chandigarh, and Ahmedabad. Nasik station is a prominent one under the Central Railways.
Trimbakeshwar By Air:
The nearest airport from the pilgrim town is at Mumbai situated 166 km away because unfortunately Nasik still does not have its own airport. Coming here is ideal especially for the international travelers who can avail flights to any destination in the world from Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport. Aurangabad domestic airport is located at a distance of 204 km. From here, one can travel on to any city across India by catching the relevant domestic flight. Similarly, Pune domestic airport is located at a distance of over 209 km from Tryambakeshwar. However, frequent private and public transport available between these destinations makes it quite easy for the visitors.
Other Destinations Near Tryambakeshwar Temple:-
- Igatpuri Hill Station
- Bhandardara Hill Station
- Nashik City
- Alang Fort
- Saptashrungi Devi Temple
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