Trimbakeshwar - Nashik
Trimbakeshwar (त्र्यंबकेश्वर) or Tryambakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Trimbakeshwar tehsil in the Nashik District of Maharashtra, India, 28 km from the city of Nashik. 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 longest river in peninsular India. The current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao (Nanasaheb).
Trimbakeshwar is just 28 kilometers away from Nashik city and it is here that the sacred river Godavari originates at Brahmagiri. You will find at Trimbakeshwar a huge ‘kund’(water tank) called the ‘Kushavarta’. It is symbolic of the origin of Godavari and hence considered a sacred bathing place for the Hindus. The temple of Trimbakeshwar is said to have been reconstructed by Peshwa Balaji Bajirao i.e. Nanasaheb Peshwa. The temple faces east and is constructed from stone. The mighty mountain, Brahmagiri, is just behind this temple.
Brahmagiri occupies a prominent place in the history of Trimbakeshwar and since Godavari has its actual origin from the top of this mountain, it is called Ganga Teerth. The water percolates from the rocks into a cave and emerges as a river. According to mythology, it was Shiva who made way for the Godavari to flow from the locks of his hair, thereby making it so sacred. During the month of Shravan, a ‘parikrama’ of the Brahmagiri is performed as a ritual and thousands of devotees arrive here during the entire month.
On the Brahmagiri slopes is a cave called Nivruttinath, named after the elder brother of Sant Jnaneshwar. It is believed that Nivruttinath got spiritual knowledge from his mentor in this particular cave. Trimbakeshwar has a large number of Brahmin households and is also a centre for Vedic ‘gurukuls’ (boarding schools where students learn the Vedas). It also has a number of ashrams devoted to Ashtanga Yoga, the Hindu art of living. It is also famous for lots of religious rituals such as Narayan Nagbali, Kalsarpa Shanti, Tripindi Vidhi, etc. Of these, the Narayan Nagbali ritual is performed only at Trimbakeshwar.
State transport buses ply almost every 10 minutes from Nashik to Trimbakeshwar. The nearest railhead is Nashik Road, just 35 kilometers away. Accommodation facilities at Trimbakeshwar are ample with many hotels and budget lodges.Pure vegetarian food is available in several restaurants.
Shirdi To Trimbakeshwar Route
2 h 22 min (116 km) via NH160 (1 h 59 min without traffic)
- Head west on Shirdi-Puntamba Rd/Shrirampur-Shirdi towards Pimpalwadi Rd Pass by Tirth Prasad Lodge (on the right) 19 s (210 m)
- Follow NH160, NH 50 and NH848 to Trimbak 2 h 19 min (115 km)
- Continue straight Destination will be on the left 2 min (750 m)
- Trimbakeshwar Temple, Dist Nashik Trimbak, Maharashtra 422212