Triambakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
Tryambakeshwar - Triambakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple - Shri Trimbakeshwar Temple is located at a distance of about 28 km from Nashik, Trimbakeshwar temple 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. 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 at Trimbakeshwar 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 (Shiva).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. Introduction of the holy place Shri Trimbakeshwar
500 years back from now there was built a city which later on became famous as Trimbakeshwar. In the period of the Peshwas regime Nana Saheb Peshwa had instructed to sonstruct the Trimbakeshwar temple and developed and beautified the city of Trimbakeshwar.
There is a mountain named the Brihmagiri Mountain 18 K.M. from the city of Nasik in the Nasik district. This is one of the parts of the Sahayadri Vallies. The city of Trimbakeshwar is located in the bottom of this mountain. This is a beautiful natural place with the cold weather as it is situated 3000 ft. above from the sea. There are two different routes to get to here. From Nasik to Trimbakeshwar, it is only 18 K.M. This route was built by the help of Shri Kashi Nath Dhate in A.D. 871. One can easily get amode of transport from here every hour.
The other easy route is the Igatpuri - Trimbakeshwar rute. This route is 28 K.M. long. Unlike the Nasik -Trimbateshwar road. Only some particular and pre-planned and certain mode of transport are available over here.
Legend Of Triambakeshwar Temple - There are two legends associated with this place. One legend is about the origin of the place as Shiva's abode and the other is connected with the origin of river Godavari at the place.
Tryambaka - Lord Shiva's abode - The legend is very much same as one can find about the Lingodbhava murti of Shiva. Once Brahma and Vishnu were fighting for the highest place amongst the Gods. At the very moment a resplendent pillar emerged in front of them. They both decided to find either end of the pillar to prove their supreme position. Brahma took the form of a swan and went to search the upper end of the pillar and Vishnu taken a form of a boar went to search the lower end. Brahma came from the halfway and lied that he found the end of the pillar when Vishnu returned fruitless. Shiva who had emerged in the form of pillar or the linga, cursed Brahma for his lie that no one would ever worship him in the temple. Brahma gave Shiva a counter curse that he would be pushed in the earth in the linga form and he has to remain in that form at Sahyadri Mountain. Thus the three eyed one, in the linga form emerged at the eastern spur of Sahyadri ranges and made Tryambakeshvar as his abode.
Origin of river Godavari The legendary account about this occurs in the Padma Purana. It states that sage Gautama was residing on Brahmagiri, the mountain behind Tryambakeshvar. His wife Ahalya had an earthern pot, which never remained empty. As such with the grains and the food obtained from the pot, the pious couple used to feed many hungry and needy people. Being jealous of this fact, the other sages decided to lessen the merit of Gautama.
They sent a cow in his field and made it die as Gautama tried to drive her away with the Darbha grass. Gautama repenting on this started worshiping shiva. Shiva being pleased with his penance stood in front of him and gave him a boon. Gautama asked Shiva to release Ganga on earth at Brahmagiri to wash away the sin of killing the cow. Shiva did so and the River Godavari emerged from the place called Gangadwar on Brahmagiri. This legend is so popular and effective that the local people call the river Ganga instead of Godavari.