Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple
Trimbakeshwar is a famous temple located in the town of Trimbak in the Nashik district in Maharashtra. This temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve famous “Jyotirlingas”. This temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao a.k.a. Nanasaheb. The premises of this sacred temple also consist of a holy pond (known as kunda) called Kusavarta. The main source of this pond being the Godavari River. Important travel information about this temple is as follows
a. Best time to visit:
The best time to visit this temple is during the winter months which begins in October and ends in March with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 34 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 7 degrees Celsius.
b. How to get there?
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to the temple is located in Nasik. The Nasik Railway Station is well connected to most of the major cities in the country.
2. By road:
There are a number of bus services available from Nasik that connects to most of the major cities in the country.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Mumbai. The Mumbai Airport is well connected to most of the major cities in the country.
c. Religious Significance:
The religious significance of this temple lies in the fact that it possesses one of the twelve Jyotirlingas i.e. a radiant sign of Lord Shiva. The Jyotirlinga found in this temple is unique in that it comprises the three faces of the “Trimurti or the holy trinity” in Hinduism i.e. Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva. The linga in this temple apparently has shown a sign of erosion which many believe metaphorically represents the erosion of human society. Additionally, the linga in this temple has a crown that comprises of jewels. This crown is said to have existed since the days of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata. This crown is put on public display in the temple every Monday from 4 to 5 pm.