Trimbakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, 28 km from the city of Nashik and 240 kns form Pune. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It is located at the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. The Godavari River, which is considered sacred within Hinduism, originates from Bramhagiri mountains and meets the sea near Rajahmudry. Kusavarta, a kund is considered the symbolic origin of the river Godavari, and revered by Hindus as a sacred bathing place. The current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao.
Trimbakeshwar is a religious center having one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here 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. The crown is said to be from the age of Pandavas 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.
The existing temple was built out of basalt after it was commissioned by Peshwa Nanasaheb. It so happens that the Peshwa made a bet on whether the stone surrounding the Jyotirlinga, is hollow from the inside or not. The stone was proved to be hollow, and on losing the bet, the Peshwa built a marvelous temple out of it. The Shiva deity of the temple consisted of the world famous Nassak Diamond. It was appropriated by the British in The Third Anglo-Maratha War and lies with one owner or the other ever since.
This place is famous for lots of religious ritual and is also a centre for Vedic Gurukuls .It also has ashrams and Muths devoted to Ashtanga Yoga.
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.
Shri Nilambika Dattatreya Matamba Temple
This temple is on top of the Neel mountain. All goddesses ('Matamba','Renuka','Mananmba') came here to see 'Parashuram' when he was performing penance. After his penance he requested all goddesses to stay there and the temple was formed for these goddesses. God Dattatreya stayed here for some years as well. Neelkantheshwar Mahadev ancient mandir is also situated right behind the Dattatrey temple & at the foot of this Neel parvat Annapurna ashram, Renuka devi, Khandoba temple is also here.
Akhil Bhartiya Shree Swami Samarth Gurupeeth, Trimbakeshwar Temple of Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj Temple is 1 km far from Shiva Temple. This Temple is marvelous example of Vastu Shashtra.
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