Perched on the foothills of the Bramhagiri Mountain is the Trimbakeshwar temple, which is one among the twelve Jyotriling shrines in India. This temple gets its name from the presence of three lingas which represents Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, hence giving the Jyotriling of this temple a very unique appearance from the others with three heads embodying into one, each facing in different directions.
Among the various chronicles regarding the origin of this temple we learnt one from our tour is that, centuries ago this place was once habituated by Sadhus and Rishis who came here to meditate, hence it was called Tapoboomi. One of the Rishimuni, Gautham Rishi along with his wife mediated here for Lord Shiva. Impressed by the rishi’s meditation Lord Shiva along with Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Ganesh appeared and granted him his wish of getting Ganga to this place, to wash off his sins and stay here eternally. This is when the river Godavari was born from Bramhagiri Mountain.
After a pleasant evening at Sula Vineyards and a relaxing stay at The Gateway Hotel we decided to drive down to Trimbak on our way back to Mumbai. Trimbak is around 30 kms from Nasik. Although we had heard a lot about this temple we had not seen any pictures of it, we were quite intrigued to visit this place. Even our mom who had visited the temple couple of years ago suggested we drop by and pay our respects. The temple surroundings have recently been given a major makeover due to the recently held Kumbh Mela here.
As most of you all know from the pictures and the news floating around the media of the great festival, Kumbh Mela held in Nasik and Trimbakeshwar this year from 14th of July to 25th of September. Kumbh Mela is a largest gathering of Hindu pilgrims on the banks of river Godavari once in twelve years, where these pilgrims come to take a dip in the holy river and wash off their sins. All though we visited Trimbakeshwar early October we could still see the remnants of this grand festival, with decorated streets and pedals everywhere and Naga sadhus around every corner.
As we walked from the parking lot towards the temple we could see the streets filled with sadhus and local vendors selling temple offerings and other souvenirs of Lord Shiva in different forms. Once we reached the temple premises we were disappointed to learn that photography was prohibited in the temple premises and we had to drop off our camera and mobile phones at the entrance for a fixed price. There are many electronics drop off shops that store your items for fixed price.
We bought ourselves an instant entry tickets and walked inside the temple through the main entrance. We were totally captivated by the magnificent structure of the temple with its intricate cravings, sculptures and unique styled domes. Sri Nana Saheb Peshawar (ruler of Maratha dynasty) built this temple between 1755-1786AD, which is carved completely from black stone and it took almost 31 years to complete. Temple was designed in Nagara style of architecture with beautiful details on the main dome, and the temple structures are mainly influenced by the Peshwa Empire. Once inside the temple courtyard we joined the other pilgrims, rushed inside the temple, and were standing infront of the main sanctum. As it was quite crowded we got a quick glance at the Jyotriling, paid our offerings and had to move out just as quickly.
We then wandered around the temple premises observing the sculptoral details on the walls and roofs of the temple, wishing that we could capture the beauty of this temple and share it with everyone. Although our visit was not much on the religious side, but we must say listening to all the stories and seeing the other pilgrims and sadhus our inner devotion towards the god kicked in.