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General Information about Timbakeshwar

Counted as the holiest temple of India, the Trimbakeshwar Temple houses one of the most important twelve Jyotirlingas, a form of Lord Shiva. Perched on the foot of Brahmagiri Hills. The temple is situated in the pious city of Trimbak, which finds its mention in the powerful Mrityunjaya Mantra that bestows immorality and longevity. Built in the 18th century by Maratha ruler, Peshwa Nana Saheb, the temple is a perfect epitome of classic architecture. It 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 and 40 km from nashik road. It is dedicated to the god Shiva.The origin of the sacred Godavari river is near Trimbak.
Amidst the hustling and bustling market of the town, the shikhara of the Trimbakeshwar Temple rises above and witnesses lakhs of devotees every year. Kusavarta or a kund which is the source of River Godavari adds to the sanctity of the temple.The fascinating feature of the Jyotirlinga is its three faces symbolizing Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. The fecund mountains clad in rich vegetation with cascades falling, encloses the town and makes it even more serene and bewitching. Just outside the temple, you can find hot and crisp bhuttas or corns that will satiate your cravings for delectable snacks.

The Trimbak town is like a heaven on earth. You will not be able to resist soaking yourself in the holiness and purity of the place which washes away all your regrets and sins. A trip to this sacred place will make you taste freedom, wisdom and spirituality. For some soul-searching, you should head out to Trimbak.
The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. 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 Lingas are covered by a jeweled crown which is placed over the Gold Mask of Tridev (Brahma Vishnu Mahesh). The crown is said to be from the age of Pandavs and consists of diamonds, emeralds, and many precious stones. The crown is displayed every Monday from 4-5 pm
All other Jyotirlingas have Shiva as the main deity. 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.

Offerings of Poojas Like Narayannagbali Pitrudosha,Kala sarpa, Tripindi Shradha, rudrabhishek, Narayan Nagbali • Kalsarpa yog • Ahilya Sangam • Tripindi are done at Trimbakeshwar.

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

The temple is located between three hills namely Brahmagiri, Nilagiri and Kalagiri. The temple has three lingams (an iconic form of Shiva) representing Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma

Some of the holiest and exciting festivals held in Trimbakeshwar Temple are-
The Kumbh Mela- It is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Held once in every 12 years, millions of pilgrims gather to take a dip in the Godavari. It was last held in the year 2015.

Mahashivaratri- Held in February or March, this is considered as the auspicious day on which Lord Shiva got married to Parvati. Devotees keep fast and sing bhajans throughout the day.
Tripuri Purnima- This festival takes place in the month of Karthik which is November or December. It is celebrated because Lord Shiva destroyed three demon cities which are known as Tripura.

Rath Poornima- Held in January-February, in the festival, the Panchamukhi Idol of Lord Trimbakeshwar is placed in a rath and then is taken around the town.

Kaal Sarp Pooja- This pooja is performed for those people who face difficulties in life due to certain positions of planets between Rahu and Ketu. Some of the types of Kaal Surps are- Ananta Kaalsarpa, Kulik Kaalsarpa, Shankhapaal Kaalsarpa, Vasuki Kaalsarpa, Maha Padma Kaalsarpa and the Takshak Kaalsarpa Yog. Milk, ghee, honey, sugar and other such items are offered to the Lord. Naag or Cobra is worshipped by the devotees. If you want to perform this pooja, you have to book pandits in advance. The fee starts from INR 2000 per person.

Narayan Nagbali Pooja- This pooja is performed to remove Pitru-Dosh, ancestral curses on the family. It is also done to seek the forgiveness of Naag or Cobra. Trimbakeshwar Temple is famous for this pooja.

Tripindi Shradha Pooja- The purpose of this pooja is to calm down the souls of the deceased. For removing gau hatya dosha and hurdles in childbirth, bad luck, this pooja is effective.
The Mahamrityunjaya Pooja- It is done for a long and healthy life and to get rid of prolonged sickness. It is performed between 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

The Rudrabhishek- This Abhishek is performed with Panchamrit- Milk, Ghee, Honey, Curd and Sugar. Several Mantras and Shlokas are also recited. It is also performed between 7:00 to 9:00.

The Laghu Rudrabhishek- This Abhishek is done to resolve health and wealth problems. It also removes the bad effects of planets in the horoscope.

The Maha Rudrabhishek- In this pooja, recitations of Rigveda, Samveda, Yajurveda and Atharva Veda are performed in the temple.

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