Visiting The Twelve Jyotirlingas At Trimbakeshwar

Trimbakeshwar Temple
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Trimbakeshwar is counted in one of the holiest temples of India, and the amazing part of the temple is it has twelve Jyotirlingas, a form of Lord Shiva.

The temple is located in Trimbak, near Nashik. Maratha ruler Peshwa Nana Saheb built this temple in the 18th century and it is revered for bestowing immortality and longevity with its powerful Mrityunjaya Mantra.

The architecture of the temple is the classic example of the Nagara style architecture during that time- carved out from a black stone.


The temple has a high, square Shikhara which has a giant Amalaka -a lotus-shaped disk carved out of stone.

Apart from that, there are various designs of flowers, images of gods, humans and animals beautifully carved on the pillars of the temple.

Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra are the three most fascinating faces of Jyotirlinga. Local villagers believed that the village Trimbak was a land of sages and munis in which Gautam Rishi was one of them.

It is also said that the land was barren having been hit by a massive drought and it was Gautam Rishi turned to the Lord of water, Varuna, to solve the problem of water scarcity.

Accepting his prayers, God Varuna is said to have blessed the entire village with an unlimited supply of water. However, the other Rishis were jealous of Gautam Rishi and  prayed to Ganpati to send cows to Gautam Rishi’s crop filled land. Gautam Rishi tried to frighten the cows and one died. Accepting this, Gautam Rishi went to seek punishment from Lord Shiva.

Lord Shiva accepted his apologies and that’s when the goddess Ganga came down. The river flowed from Brahmagiri Hill in which Gautam Rishi got trapped in a Kund which is called as Kushavarta.

Gautam Rishi requested Lord Shiva to reside here. Accepting his request, the Lord turned into a Linga and stayed there which was later known as the Trimbakeshwar temple.

The Kumbh Mela, Mahashivaratri, Tripuri Purnima, and  Rath Poornima are the holiest festivals held in the temple.

Reaching There:

By Train: There are several trains available to Nashik from Pune station, and the village Trimbak is 28 Kms away from Nashik Railway station. one can use the public transport to reach the village or hail a taxi from the station.

By Road: MSRTC Bus service from Pune to Nashik are available from Swargate.


You can experience the best of Maharashtrian cuisine in the village, all finely cooked on chulhas, which will satisfy your appetite of tasty local food. Don’t forget to try their hot crispy corn on the cob for a snack.

Other Tourist Attractions:

Kushavarta Kund

Kushavarta, Trimbakeshwar
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It is popularly known as Kumbh Mela, it is considered as one of the biggest religious gatherings which are held once in 12 years. Local villagers also believe that taking a dip in Godavari river washes away all your sins.


Brahmagiri Hills
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Gorakhnath Gufa:

This place is known as the meditation place for Guru Gorakhnath. Locals also believe that Rishi Gautama  meditated here to seeking forgiveness from Lord Shiva.



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