Trimbakeshwar Temple is located at Trimbakeshwar
in Nasik District
. It is about 28 km from Nasik
. Trimbakeshwar is surrounded by mountains and the two rivers named Ahalya
, which meets at the place making it a sacred one. The temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas
of Lord Shiva
Trimbakeshwar Temple was built by Shrimant Balaji Bajirao aka Nanasahib Peshawe in 1788. This Nagara style temple is built with local black stone and the sanctum features a beautiful tower. Out of the four doorways, three have porches which are adorned with arches and pillars.
The deity installed here has five heads which faces towards different mountains surrounding Trimbakeshwar. The temple houses three Ďlinga' of the size of a thumb and they are called as Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva). The Shivling in the main shrine of the temple is covered with a single-faced silver mask which attracts thousands of devotees from all over India. There is a continuous issue of water from the top of the Shivling. There are numerous teerths including the Gangadwara teerth, Varaha teerth and Kushavarta teerth in the vicinity of the temple.
Mahashivaratri is the major festival celebrated here amid much pomp and splendor. The Rath Yatra, which falls on the full moon day of the Kartika month, is another major draw, attended by thousands of devotees. The special ceremonies conducted for the deity are Tri-Pindi, Narayan-Nag Bali and Kala Sarpa Shanti.
Trimbakeshwar Temple can be reached from Mumbai (180 km) by road. State transport buses ply from major places to Trimbakeshwar. The nearest railhead is Nasik Road Railway Station (38 km).