Located in the popular and holy city of Nashik in the Indian state of Maharashtra, the Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple with the Trimbakeshwar jyotirlinga is a famous and ancient pilgrim place for Hindus, devoted to Lord Shiva, and also happens to be one among the 12 famous jyotirlingas in the country, eighth in the series of jyotirlingas to be precise, and also regarded as the main jyotirlinga among the others.
This current temple was built by renowned Maratha warrior, Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao, also known by the name of Nanasaheb; and consists of Kusavarta, a holy pond located in the temple premises that also is the source of sacred river Godavari, the longest river in peninsular India.
The story behind the origin of jyotirlinga goes back to a tale when Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma were having a debate about having the upper hand in the creation of the universe, and hence the supreme audacity over it. That is when Lord Shiva came and in order to put an end to the debate, pierced the entire three worlds, simultaneously appearing as one powerful and huge pillar of light, which was the Jyotirlinga, and thus, the lord’s first manifestation into such an object. Both Brahma and Vishnu tried their best to find the end of this ray of light, but both only met with defeat although none admitted it.
The Jyotirlinga is thus believed to be an infinite pillar of light and ever since that event, the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in the country happen to be those places where Shiva’s light emerged during the ArdraNakshatra. The other 11 shrines excluding the one at Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple are as follows: Mallikarjuna in Andhra Pradesh, Somnath in Gujarat, Mahakaleshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Kedarnath in Uttarakhand, Bhimashankar in Maharashtra, Viswanath in Uttar Pradesh, Omkareshwar in Maharashtra, AundhaNagnath in Maharashtra, Rameshwar at Tamil Nadu, Grushneshwar at Maharashtra, and Vaidyanath at Maharashtra.
Coming to the innate religious aspects, the place is famous for a list of deep religious rituals, some of which are Narayan Nagbali, TripindhiVidhi, and the Kalsarpa Shanti. The rituals are performed as a means to resolve a list of problems like financial problems, childless marriage, sin of killing a cobra, going through bad times, etc.
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