Thursday, January 20, 2011

Trimbakeshwar Temple - One of the 12 Jyotirlings

Located at a distance of about 30 km from Nashik and 125 km from Shirdi, at the foothills of a mountain called Brahmagiri, the Trimbakeshwar Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas (Self manifested lingams of Shiva popularly known as the Dwadasa Jyotirlinga) of Shiva. There are accounts of Lord Rama having made the Yatra at Trimbakeshwar.

One of the 12 Jyotirlinga's - Trimbakeshwar Temple
[ One of the 12 Jyotirlinga's - Trimbakeshwar Temple
photo courtesy google images ]

The Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple near Nashik
[ The Trimbakeshwar Temple as seen from the car parking area ]

I was here on a Shravan Monday, His favorite day in His favorite month, and there was a humongous line for the darshan, but passionate chants of ‘Har Har Mahadeo’ and ‘Bum Bum Bhole’ and enthusiasm of the devotees kept us going.

The look of the temple is very similar to the Kalaram Temple and Sundernarayan Temple we have visited earlier. It is built entirely with black stones and has a shikhar (spire) topped with a golden trident. The porch of the temple is decorated with beautifully carved and decorated pillars and arches. The temple walls are intricately sculpted with floral designs and figures of various Gods and Goddesses.

The temple is unique in various aspects which makes it one of its kind in the country. There are 2 idols of Nandi in the temple, one in the courtyard and  the other inside the temple room in front of the sanctum. The sanctum has three “Lings”, of the size of a thumb, identified as Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh - the creator, the organizer and the destroyer. They are placed in a square space positioned at the three corners of a triangle. It is also the only Jyotirling where the Lings are in a hollow space beneath the floor. There is a huge mirror placed strategically such that the devotees can get a clear view of the lings. Since there are three lings, the place is known as Trimbakeshwar. One more amazing aspect is that they are always submerged in the water of the Ganges naturally.

Photography is strictly prohibited inside the temple courtyard.

While approaching Trimbakeshwar, 20 km from Nashik on the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar road, we spotted the Anjaneri Mountain.

[ The Anjaneri Mountain ]

Not only is it unusual and beautiful but is also a place of devotion and worship since it is the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. From the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar road, one has to take a diversion from the Anjaneri Phata towards the Anjaneri village, from where it takes around 2 hours to reach the Anjaneri plateau on foot. Here you can visit the Anjaneri fort and the Temple of Anjani Mata, the mother of Lord Hanuman.


[ From the highway you can see the two pinnacles called Navara and Navari ]

The entire trek is said to be very beautiful with various waterfalls, dense forests, caves and lakes giving you company. We have never visited the place but would definitely love to visit it some day!

(The other Jyotirling that I have covered in my blog is Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirling also known by the name Shri Vishweshwar in Varanasi)

25 comments:

  1. Nice wrte-up. The mountains look interesting.

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  2. The Anjaneri Mountain looks so peaceful, I should think you would feel such inner calm.

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  3. That is a very unusual mountain!! Would you be able to make the trek, it sounds beautiful! How far is it from where you live?

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  4. Dear Arti
    Very nice article. The photos are so nice..must have been shot during monsoon!!
    Now need some information from you..I am planning to Take my MIL to Dwraka and Somnath. Have you gone there? Can you through some light on stay at these places? I am looking at the net...put me an email (ugems(at)vsnl.com) if you have info and traveled there.
    Thank you

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  5. The mountain looks serene -- and the temple beautiful -- so much work went in to planning and all those intricate carvings. You will surely never run out of beautiful places to visit!

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  6. Arti, I am back. Loved the Triambakeshwar trip. Never knew why the Lord was referred by that name. Loved the green Anjaneyar hill too.

    Shall come back to read your earlier post.

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  7. I liked the majestic temple,The beautiful mountain and informative narration.

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  8. I remember when we visited we were allowed photography inside the temple compound one could not take it inside the temple, now it is sad that they have banned the same. Interesting Blog

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  9. These mountain tops look like temples themselves, like they inspired the shape of the temple you show here, especially Anjaneri mountain. This landscape must be so stunning to hike in!

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  10. I have visited Triambakeshwar and relived the experience through your post. There is also a parikrama of the mountain which is supposed to be very ardous.

    There is another temple in Tiruchirapalli in TN -- the Jambukeshwara temple, where the sanctum is filled with water. That ling is known as the appu (water)ling. The temple is very beautiful.

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  11. Thank you for your recent visit to my blog :-) I love your photos of the mountains. They are so interesting in shape!

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  12. Hello!
    Beautiful blog!
    Thank You very much for visit!

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  13. The temples and mountains are beautiful, interesting post, thank you.

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  14. Lovely photos. Everything is so green.
    Your avatar is quite wonderful.

    cheers, parsnip

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  15. Very interesting to see a glimpse of India, lovely photos.
    Thank you for your visit and encouraging comment.
    Hugs, Jan

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  16. As usual awesome post n excellent pictures Arti..thanks for sharing!

    US Masala

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  17. J'aime beaucoup le jeu des fils électriques sur la deuxième photo

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  18. Wonderful trip with beautiful images.

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  19. Reminds me of my visit to the beautiful temple!

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  20. Priests inside the temple are like vultures, swoop on you if you are willing to bite their bait Lolz...i told the priest my budget is Rs 50 but ended up by shelling out Rs 200 in the end for the mumbo jumbo....om nama shivaya

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  21. Thanks for sharing information with us!

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  22. Dear Arti

    A great blog with diverse posts on both Heritage and also Temples of India. Great posts and worth sharing. Keep going on.

    Just now i posted Trayambakeshwar temple post in my spiritual heritage of india and also in my heritage of india blogs.

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    Please look into my above spiitual heritage of india and also heritage of india blog and share your comments.

    Also i have blog with my collection. this is my collections blog.

    http://collections-of-dokkasrinivasu.blogspot.in/

    please look into my blogs and share your comments.

    Once again thank you very much for your efforts of worth sharing the photos of various temple and heritage places of india. Well done.
    A great effort.

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