The exquisite temple of Trimbkeshwar Is located 28 km from the city of Nashik, holds a unique antique crown and the linga of Tridev dates back to The Mahabharata period. This temple holds in its premises, the Kusavarta Kunda, the Source of The River Godavari, a sacred pond built by Shrimant Sardar Raosaheb Parnerkar, the Fadnavis of Indore State.
The current temple structure was built by Peshwa Nanasaheb – Balaji Baji Rao. The temple stands tall amidst three hills: Brahmagiri, Nilagiri and Kalagiri. With three lingams that represent the Three stages of creation. The temple tank here is called Amritavarshini, and three other water sources exist here, Bilvatheertha, Vishwananthirtha and Mukundathirtha along with the carved images of Gangadevi, Jaleswara, Rameswara, Gautameswara, Kedarnatha, Ram, Krishna, Parasurama and Lakshmi Narayana.
The shrine holds a lot of history, if carefully studied, that Sage Gauthama lived here and cultivated massive croplands during Famine and fed the people. It is said that, with his ardent focus on the Lord, he brought the River Godavari to this place, just as he brought Ganga in the Himalayas.
The Jyotirlinga here exhibits an extraordinary feature, is its three faces! The Lingas are honoured by a jewelled crown which is placed over the Gold Mask! The crown is said to be from the reign of Pandavas, engraved with diamonds, emeralds, and many priceless stones. The temple authorities display the grand crown every Monday between 4 pm to 5 pm.
– Viswanath Venkat Dasari
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