Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple

Description of the Diety

Lord Shiva :
This temple is located between three hills namely Brahmagiri, Nilagiri and Kalagiri. This temple has three lingams (an iconic form of Shiv) representing Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. The temple tank is called Amritavarshini, which measures 28 m (92 ft.) by 30 m (98 ft.). There are three other bodies of water, namely, Bilvatheertha, Viswananthirtha and Mukundathirtha.
There are also idols of various deities namely, Gangadevi, Jaleshwara, Rameshwara, Gauthameshwara, Kedarnatha, Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Parashurama and Lord Lakshmi Narayana. The temple has also several monasteries and Samadhi’s of saints.

Historical information

Thrayambakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Thrayambak, in Nashik District of Maharashtra, India is 28 km from the city of Nashik and 40 km from Nashik road. It is dedicated to god Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples in India, where the Hindu genealogy registers at Thrayambakeshwar, Maharashtra. The origin of our sacred Godavari River is near Trimbak.

Kusavarta, kunda (sacred pond) is inside temple premises are considered as the source of Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. The current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao (Nanasaheb).

Thrayambakeshwar a religious center having one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The extraordinary feature of this Jyotirlinga located here is it has three faces embodying that of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra (Maheshwara/Shiva). Owing to excessive use of water for Abhishekam this Idol (Lingam) has underway to erosion. It is said that this erosion symbolizes the eroding nature of human society. The Lingams are covered with a jeweled crown which is placed over the Gold Mask of Tridev (Brahma Vishnu Mahesh). The crown is said to be from the periods of Pandeva’s and consists of diamonds, emeralds, and numerous precious stones. The crown is displayed every Monday in the evening between from 4 to 5 P M.

All other Jyotirlingas have Lord Shiv as the main deity. The entire black stone temple is known for its appealing architecture and sculpture and is at the foothills of mountain called Brahmagiri. Three sources of the Godavari originate from this Brahmagiri Mountain ranges.

Significance Of Diety

This only Temple in the world where you can perform the 'Narayana Nagabali'; Pooja.
Nandi Bull the vehicle of Lord Shiva has separate & different temple outside the main Jyotirlinga Temple. Pilgrims are suggested to visit this Nandi Bull temple first and later to visit Lord Shiva’s temple. Considered also as religious heritage to visit Nandi first. There is one kunda near the temple which contains water of Godavari river. This temple has huge area and is made up of black stones with numerous small shivalingas in the small temples near the walls. The boundary is also covered with huge fort wall which was built to prevent it from Muslim kings. The two kalash of the temples are covered with Gold. This temple was completed during 16th century period & said the cost estimated incurred to build this temple was around Rs.16 lakhs. Thrayambakeshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the most unique Jyotirlinga among the twelve Jyotirlingas and is Swayambhu (self-manifested) huge. Mostly after Somanath and Mahakaleshar the size of Thrayambakeshwar Jyotirlinga is considered as the biggest. This Jyotirlinga does not have pindi in the middle but it has a hole in the middle and inside the hole there are three pindies of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh symbolically. And on the Pindi of Lord Shiva, Varuna Devta continuously offers Abhishek by pouring water on the Lingam – No one is aware of the fact about the origin of water which is offered as Abhisheks on Lord Shiva’s pindi, but it does. One of the miracles. But to see this Abhisheks one has to enter the Garbhagriha of Thrayambakeshwar Temple. But darshan is allowed from distance of 5 meters.

As This Jyotirlinga located little bit down below around three feet in the Garbhagriha. One has to go down through steps from the door and reach there if one desires to touch the lingam. Where as in Lord Thrayambakeshwar Jyotirlinga sanctum Santorum only one male person who performs Abhishek along with pundits are allowed to touch the lingam hence you have only to view this lingam from the entrance of the Garbhagriha itself.

Devotees can have peaceful reflective darshan and Pooja of the Lord in the mirror attached to the middle of the dome inside the temple.

One is not allowed to touch Lord Thrayambakeshwar Jyotirlinga unless you book in advance with pundit to perform Abhishek. Pundits are moving around the main temple pitching for Abhishek from pilgrims in the queue. If any individual wishes to perform Abhishek to Lord Thrayambakeshwar he has to adorn new dhoti and then only enter the Garbhagriha to perform Abhishek. And normally women folks are not allowed to enter the Garbhagriha in whatever circumstances.

Shtala Purama

Many centuries ago, this place was wih numerous maharishis and sadhus who were offering penance and also meditate here and this land was hence known as one of the thapobhumi. Sage Gautham Maharishi (one of the well-known Saptarshi) also stayed here with his Sati Ahailya. Once for 100 years this place was without rain and drought occurred and there was no water. Sage Gautham maharishi used his power of his tapobal (power of meditation) had created small pond full of water for their urgent needs .He and his spouse Sati Ahailya used to provide this water to other maharishi and their wives only for urgent needs as there was not much water in the pond. Since this was condition of the wives of other Maha rishis became jealous of this unique tapobal of Sage Gautham Rishi and they instigated their husbands to destroy and liberate Sage Gautham fame and ego. So collectively all the rishis performed Yagna and invoked Lord Ganesh requested him to incarnate as a cow and die at Sage Gautham hermitage in order for him to incur the sin of killing cow.

Lord Ganesh here warned that this is a misdeed and it will not carry out any favors. However the Maha Rishis were adamant and insisting for grant of this one wish. Lord Ganesh Granting those with a wish as fruit of their Yagna, Lord Ganesh went into Sage Gautham Ashram in the form of weak and feeble cow and when Sage Gautham Rishi went to feed this cow she died. The Maha Rishis saw this and said that sin of killing of cow occurred at Sage Gautham rishi ashram hence He & his wife Sati Ahailya by this event, In view he has to fetch holy Ganga River from heaven to wash his sin by doing penance to Lord Shiva which they felt was impossible for Sage Gautham rishi. Sage Gautham rishi along with wife Sati Ahailya commenced their meditating on Lord Shiva. Many years passed by meditating and by his enduring penance to Lord Shiva who was immensely pleased with their penance and came along with Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Ganesh with three devis, with all the Gods & Goddess present at this place to grant them a boon. Sage Gautham requested for Holy River Ganga from Lord Shiva and pleaded him to stay at this place forever to benefit of mankind. Lord Shiva hits his hair (Jataa) on the Brahmagiri Mountain and from there Holy River Ganga springs up and comes down in name of Gauthami or Godavari.

Lord Shiva along with Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma remained here in this form of Lingaa. Hence in Thrayambakeshwar there is no pindi in the lingam, there is yoni and a hole in between. Inside this hole there are three pindies denoting Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Maheshwara. This lingam is most unique among all the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva due to shape and presence of all the trinities.


Legend wise it is the only Jyotirlinga among the twelve Jyotirlingas, at that time of its manifestation all the Gods and Goddesses were present including Hindu Trinity of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Maheshwara, Lord Ganesh ,also Goddess Parashakti Mahadevi and Thirty three crore devathas. Thrayambakeshwar is also the place where a drop of nectar fell down during churning of ocean, hence Kumbha Mela is held every twelve years in this place, hence this is also place known for salvation. It is the only place along with Ujjain where Jyotirlinga and Kumbha Mela are present. It is only here where Pithrudosha , Karalasarpa doshas are removed by performing Poojas like Karalasarpa Shanti Pooja, Narayan Nagbali and Tripindi Shraddha.

Temple traditions

It is only here where Pitrudosha , Karlsarpa dosha are removed by performing poojas like Karlsarpa Shanti Pooja, Narayan Nagbali and Tripindi Shraadha.

Do's & Dont's

Dress Code :
The devotees visiting for general darshan do not have to follow any strict dress code. However, male devotees who opt for performing any special Pooja inside the sanctum should wear white dhoti and carry towel. The dress will be provided by the Pundits if required.

Other Amenities

Photos are strictly Prohibited.

Temple Timings

  • Morning - 5:00 A.M. to Night - 10:00 P.M.

Darshan Timings

  • Morning - 5:30 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Special Entry Timings

  • Quick Darshan : Rs. 200/-

Seva Timings

  1. Special Poojas 7 AM 9 AM
  2. Madhyana Pooja 1 PM 1:30 PM
  3. Golden Crown of Shiva 4:30 PM 5:00 PM


House No 12, Near Shriram Temple,
Panchali, Trimbakeshwar,
Nashik - 422212


Taxi services are available from airport to Thyrambakeshwar.
There are many private luxury buses available from Mumbai to Nasik.

Travel Mode

By Rail :
Bus service from Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune etc are available, else travelers are free to opt to hire car or taxi according to their preference.
By Rail :
Just 28 Km away is Nashik Railway station which connects the holy city from rest of the country through major cities and town.
By Air :
The nearest airport is located in Mumbai (200 Km) from regular taxi services ply to Thryaimbakeshwar.

Nearby Temples

  1. The Kedareshwar Temple :
    The Temple is on the South-East corner of the Kushavarta pond. The presiding deity is Sri Kedareshwar, form of Lord Shiva who appeared as Kedarbhatta and forgave the sins of Saint Gauthama. People believe that dead human bones disappear from the Temple.
  2. Nivruttinath Temple :
    The Sage Nivruttinath who started the Nath community and had immense knowledge of the Shastras took Samadhi here. The Temple is for him and is near Gangadwar.
  3. Shri Nilambika Temple / Dattatreya Temple :
    The Temple is at the top of the Neel Parbat peak on the eastern side of the Brahmagiri hill. Devotees believe that all the three Goddesses Parvati, Renuka (Lakshmi) and Manananba (Saraswati) came to visit during penance of Sage Gautham. After his penance, he requested them to stay at the place.
  4. Anjaneri Temple :
    The Temple is for Lord Anjaneya or Lord Hanuman. According to beliefs the hill is the birthplace of Lord Hanuman.
  5. Besides these Temples, there are several holy places of importance near the Thryaimbakeshwar Temple.

Surrounding Places to Visit

  1. Kushavarta :
    The holy pond is just 5 minutes from the Trimbakeshwar Temple. This is the place where River Dakshin Ganga (Godavari) collects and distributes itself to the rest of India. According to a Legend Saint Gautam trapped Ganga here so that he could take a bath in it and wash off his sin of killing a cow. The pond has a high spiritual value as this is the starting point for Kumbh Mela that occurs every tn>welve years. As per the Government rules, the Sadhus who follow Vaishnnavism take a bath in the Godavari at Ram Kund and those who follow Shaivism take a bath in this pond.
  2. The Brahmagiri Hill :
    The hill is the origin of River Godavari, which flows from the hill on three sides. The east flowing stream is Godavari. The one to the south is Vaitarna and the one facing west is Ganga. One has to climb 500 steps to reach the peak. More over, five peaks of this mountain are Sadyo-Jata, Vamdev, Aghora, Ishana and Tat-Purusha
  3. The Indra Tirtha :
    This Tirtha is in the east of the Kushavarta tank. Devotees believe that Lord Indra took bath in this tank to wipe off the curse given by Saint Gautam for misbehaving with Ahilya, wife of Saint Gautam. A Temple for Lord Indra depicts Indra sitting on an Airavat elephant.
  4. Ahilya Sangam Tirtha :
    The legend says that during the deep penance performed by Saint Gautam, a friend of Ganga by the name of Jatila took the form of Ahilya, his wife. But Saint Gautam recognized the imposter and cursed her that she will turn into a river. However, Jatila begged for forgiveness. Then Saint Gautam said that the curse will lift only when she joins the River Godavari. The Ahilya Sangam Tirtha is the place where the river of Jatila joins the River Godavari.
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SL.No Sevas / Poojas
1 Kaal Sarp Puja
2 Narayan Nagbali
3 Pitra Dosh Nivaran
4 Tripidhi Shradha
5 Navgrah Shanti
6 Rudra Abhishek
7 Mahamrityunjay Jaap

Annual Uthsavas

  1. Godavari day, In the month of Magha (February) – the first twelve days of bright moon.
  2. Nivrutti Natha festival, Three days in Pausha – sometime in January.
  3. Mahashivaratri, On the 13th day of Krishna paksha of the month Magha – some time in March.
  4. Rathayatra of Trimbakeshwar, On the full moon day of the month Kartika , called Tripuri Paurnima- sometime in November.