Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple
Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple Prasad: About the Temple: Trimbakeshwar or Tryambakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, 28 kms from Nashik District of Maharashtra, India. It is dedicated to the god Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.Kusavarta, a kunda (sacred pond) in the temple premises is the source of the Godavari River. The current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao (Nanasaheb). The unique characteristic of Tryambakeshwar Jyotirlinga is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra.The Lingas are covered by a jeweled crown which is placed over the Gold Mask of Tridev (Brahma Vishnu Mahesh). Due to excessive use of water, the linga has started to erode. It is said that this erosion symbolizes the eroding nature of human society. The crown is said to be from the age of Pandavs and consists of diamonds, emeralds, and many precious stones. The entire black stone temple is known for its appealing architecture and sculpture and is at the foothills of a mountain called Brahmagiri. Three sources of the Godavari originate from the Brahmagiri mountain.According to the legend as per Shiv Purana, once Brahma and Vishnu had an argument regarding the Supreme Creation. To test them, Shiva pierced the three worlds as a huge endless pillar of light, the jyotirlinga. Vishnu and Brahma split their ways to downwards and upwards respectively to find the end of the light in either directions. Brahma lied that he found out the end, while Vishnu conceded his defeat. Shiva appeared as a second pillar of light and cursed Brahma that he would have no place in ceremonies while Vishnu would be worshipped till the end of eternity. The jyothirlinga shrines, thus are places where Shiva appeared as a fiery column of light. The place is known for its scenic beauty in rainy/monsoon season and is surrounded by lush green hills untouched by pollution. Anjaneri mountain, the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, is 7 km from Trimbakeshwar. Significance: Trymbakeshwar is famous for lots of religious rituals (vidhis). Narayan Nagbali, Kalsarpa Shanti, Tripindi vidhi are done here. Narayan Nagbali puja is performed at Trimbakeshwar only. This puja is performed in three days. This puja is performed on special dates & takes three days to do. This puja is performed for many reasons like to cure an illness, going through bad times, killing a Cobra (Nag), childless couples, financial crisis etc. Moreover, the Shiva deity of the temple consisted of the world-famous Nassak Diamond.