Trimbakeshwar Temple, Maharashtra
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One of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India, this beautiful temple is located at the base of the Brahmagiri range of mountains, from where the River Godavari, also known as Dakshina Ganga, emerges and flows through Trimbak. Of all the Jyotirlingas, this temple is considered unique as the linga here has three faces depicting Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara. The present temple, which is an architectural masterpiece, was built in place of the original temple during the 18th century. A religious and holy city surrounded by hills, forts, and waterfalls, Trimbak is located in a divine location that attracts a large number of devotees throughout the year. Trimbak is 30 kilometres by road from Nashik, a major city. The nearest rail link and air link are in Nashik.
Nearby Places to See
It’s a small hill outside of town with a temple dedicated to Nilambika on top. Travellers have the option of taking the road up or using the stone steps.
It is a stunning hilltop in the vicinity of Trimbak, and it is the source of the sacred Godavari River. To get to the top, you can either walk roughly 800 steps or hire a car to get you close to the peak, where you can then walk the remaining 200 or so steps. Located in this area is the tiny pond that serves as the river Godavari’s origin. At the peak, you can take in a stunning panorama of the lush grasslands and distant hills below.
Flowing from its source in the Brahmagiri hills, the Godavari River eventually disappears underground and resurfaces at a location called Gangadwar. Pilgrims climb more than 500 steps to reach this sacred site, where several temples can be found.
This fort, 7 kilometres from Trimbak, sits at an elevation of over 1,400 metres (4,500 feet) and is significant in mythology as the supposed birthplace of Lord Hanuman. There are temples both at the base of the mountain and at the top. It takes nearly 3 hours to reach the fort. The large lake, shaped like a foot, is the primary attraction of this destination.
Located about 8 kilometres from Trimbak, this waterfall plunges approximately 120 feet into a valley. It can be seen from the top of the valley, or visitors can descend into the valley for a closer look.
Things to Buy
Things to buy include Rudraksh Malas, Small Shivalinga, Religious Books & Artefacts.
Foods to Relish
Kesar Doodh (saffron flavoured milk), Sabudana Vada (a dish prepared from sago).