Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the most sacred places to worship Lord Shiva as it is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. It is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Trimbakeshwar tehsil of Maharashtra, India. Balaji Baji Rao built this current sacred temple which many invaders attacked and destroyed. In this article you will know the blessing of this holy temple and a great legend regarding the origin of the temple.
Origin of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga
There is a great legend behind the origin of the Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga.
It is said that Gautama rishi lived on the Brahmagiri hills along with his wife, Ahalya. While there was famine everywhere else on the land, inside the rishi’s ashram, there were abundant food grains. This was because the gods had blessed him because of his steadfast devotion and regular prayers. The other rishis felt jealous of him and sent a cow into his fields.
When Gautama tried to frighten the cow away from his fields, it died. For the sin of killing a cow, Gautama worshiped Lord Shiva to release the Ganga River and let her flow into his ashram to purify it. Pleased with his devotion, Lord Shiva released Ganga and told her to stay there. The Kushavarta or sacred pond that exists now is the source of the Godavari. The sage requested Lord Shiva also to make the site his abode, which the Lord did in the form of the jyotirlinga.
Architecture of the Temple
The temple is located between three hills namely Brahmagiri, Nilagiri and Kalagiri. It has three lingas representing Shiv, Vishnu and Brahma. The temple tank is called Amritavarshini, which measures 28 m by 30 m. There are three other bodies of water, namely, Bilvatheertha, Viswananthirtha and Mukundathirtha. There are images of various deities, namely, Gangadevi, Jaleswara, Rameswara, Gautameswara, Kedarnatha, Rama, Krishna, Parasurama and Lakshmi Narayana. The temple also has several monasteries and samadhis of saints.
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