Sri Triyambakeswarar Temple is in Triyambak 28 kilometers away from Nashik of Maharashtra.
It is one of the 12 jyotirlingams in India. The temple is near the birth place of Godavari river and the shiva lingam is on the rising waters of Godavari.
Even, if you’re not a religious type, the stunning architecture and beautiful surroundings will surely make your trip worth it.
The Kusavarta kunda (sacred pond) in the temple premises is the source of the Godavari River, the second longest river in peninsular India.
The temple is located between three hills, namely Brahmagiri, Nilagiri, and Kalagiri. The temple has three lingas representing Shiv, Vishnu, and Brahma. The temple tank is called Amritavarshini and there are three other bodies of water, namely, Bilvatirtha, Viswanantirtha, and Mukundatirtha. Plus, there are images of various deities, including Gangadevi, Jaleswara, Rameswara, Gautameswara, Kedarnatha, Rama, Krishna, Parasurama, and Lakshmi Narayana. And if you’re into history, you’ll love that the current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao after it was destroyed by Mughal ruler Aurangzeb.
But the real star of the show is the Jyotirlinga. As per the Shiva Purana, once Brahma and Vishnu had an argument in terms of supremacy of creation. To test them, Shiva pierced the three worlds as a huge endless pillar of light, the jyotirlinga. Vishnu and Brahma split their ways to downwards and upwards respectively to find the end of the light in either direction. Brahma lied that he found out the end, while Vishnu conceded his defeat. Shiva appeared as the second pillar of light and cursed Brahma that he would have no place in ceremonies while Vishnu would be worshipped till the end of eternity. The jyotirlinga is the supreme partless reality, out of which Shiva partly appears. The Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is unique among all the Shiva temples and Jyotirlingas in its appearance, as it has a hole in place of Lingam inside which three ‘pindis’ (stone representing Gods) could be seen, one for each of the Holy Trinity- Creator Brahma, Operator Vishnu, and Destroyer Shiva. Carved in black stone, the temple unconsciously inspires devotion.
You can also visit Kushavarta, a picturesque region near Nashik decorated with greenery on mountains due to the river.