Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Long drive to Delhi - 33: Trimbkeshwar, Nashik, Maharashtra

Trimbak is a small town about 28 km from Nashik City. Triambkeshwar (त्र्यम्बकेश्वर) temple is situated here with Brahmagiri mountains as backdrop. Temperature here varies from 7 to 44 degrees annually. Best time of visit is after monsoon & before summer gets too hot.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva & it is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Godawari river originates from Brahmagiri mountains. Kushavarta Kund is a sacred bathing place & is considered as symbolic origin of Godawari river. The Kund is at a walk-able distance from main temple.

Though the place is known as a pilgrimage since ancient times, the temple has been built by Nanasaheb Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao in the years 1755 - 86 in black stone. One passes through a gate, then through Nandi temple & in to main Shiva temple. Main temple is not very large. It has a Jyotirlinga having three faces of Brahma, Vishnu & Mahesh in hollow space within the sanctum. The temple is open from 5.30 in the morning to 9 in the evening.

This pilgrimage is famous for Dosh nashak religious rituals or Vidhis such as Narayan Nagbali puja, Kalasarp Shanti puja, Tripindi Shradh Vidhi, Grah Shanti puja & other Vidhis.
Some photos:

Temple & the mountains

Entrance to the temple 

One of the hotels in Trimbak town 

Cows being fed as part of rituals 

This is another temple Muktidham in Nashik City for Pitra-tarpan

Potholed road going towards Trimbak which does not allow you to enjoy scenery

Road is being widened & therefore avoid own vehicle

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