Bhimashankar Temple

Bhimashankar Temple

Bhimashankar Temple

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The ancient and sacred Bhimashankar Temple is located amongst the lush green forests of the Bhimashankar reserve in the village of Bhavgiri among the Sahyadri hill range near Pune in Maharashtra. The Temple is also the source of river Bhima. The Bhimashankar Temple is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in Hindu mythology. The Temple is one of the five Jyotirlinga Temples located in Maharashtra, the other four being – Sri Vaidyanath in Parli, Sri Nageshwar in Dharukavanam, Sri Grishneshwar in Devasarovar and Sri Tryambakeshwar in Nasik.

The Bhimashankar Temple complex is small but the simple structure with numerous sculptures depicting Gods and Goddesses impart a calm and soothing feeling to the pilgrims.  The architecture of the Temple follows the Nagara style and the Hemadpanthi style of construction. The Temple is divided into the Garbhagriha, Sabhamandap, and the Kurmamandap. The main door of the Bhimashankar Temple is made of solid wood adorned with figures of several gods and goddesses. A huge bell is located at the entrance of the temple. It was gifted by Chimaji Appa, brother of Bajirao Peshwa I.  Two large Nandis are present in the Temple. The one in the front of the sanctum is very old but the other one is new and recently installed.  One can also visit the shrines of Lord Shani, Nandi, Lord Ram and Dutta.

History and Legend of Bhimashankar Temple

  • The original Bhimashankar Temple or the Sanctum is dated back to the 13th century. Later, during several different time periods, renovations and additions have been carried out to improve the temple complex.
  • According to the belief, in the 13th century, a woodcutter named Bhatirao Lakhadhara discovered the Jyotirlinga when his axe fell hit the tree, the ground started bleeding. The villagers gathered there and offered milk to the tree which stopped the bleeding. The people of the village built a small temple at the site and named it as the Bhimashankar Temple.
  • Several notable figures like Chhatrapati Shivaji, Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath, and Raghunath Peshwa regularly visited the shrine and carried out Poojas and renovations. The Diwan of the Peshwas, Nana Phadnavis built the Shikhar of the Bhimashankar Temple.
  • Many legends have been associated with the Bhimashankar Temple beginnings and the occurrence of the Jyotirlinga. As per one legend mentioned in the Matsya Puranam and the Shiva Puranam, three demons by the names of Vidyunmali, Tarakaksha, and Viryavana, together known as the Tripurasura demons performed Tapasya and obtained a boon from Lord Brahma. The boon was that three beautiful cities, each made of Gold, Iron and Silver will be constructed by the Gods for the demons with all the luxuries in them. The forts will be made in different worlds and will align once in every thousand years. All the three forts combined will be called Tripura. It was prophesized that only a single arrow can destroy the city.
  • Lord Brahma ordered the Asura architect Maya to construct these cities. The city made of Iron was constructed on Earth, the city of Silver was constructed in the sky and the city of Gold was constructed in heaven. These cities rotated in such a way that they never aligned in a single line except for some moments every thousandth year.
  • Demons from all over the world came and resided at the palaces. After the initial self-enjoyment, they eventually started troubling the people of the realm. They misbehaved with Rishis and Maharishis, terrorized the common folk and eventually challenged the Gods. Lord Indra accompanied by other Gods went to Lord Brahma to put an end to the Tripura, but Lord Brahma could not help and asked them to request Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva obliged and the war between the Gods and the demons began. The war raged on for several years without an end. Lord Shiva requested the help of Goddess Parvati and both of them took the form of “Ardha-Narya-Nateshwar” and descended to the Earth.
  • To destroy the Tripura, Lord Shiva asked Vishwakarma to build a chariot. The chariot had special features. The Goddess Earth (Prithvi) became the chariot, Sun and Moon became the wheels, Lord Brahma became the Sarathi, Mount Meru became the bow, Serpent Vasuki was the bow-string and Lord Vishnu became the arrow. Just as the three cities aligned, Lord Shiva burned them to the ground. The Gods requested Lord Shiva to take rest there and make the place his home. Lord Shiva turned himself into a Linga and made the Bhimashankar mountains his home.
  • The wives of the Tripurasura demons, Shakini and Dakini came to Lord Shiva and inquired about their existence without their husbands. Since they had helped Lord Shiva in the war, they were granted immortality by Lord Shiva.

Significance of Bhimashankar Temple

  • The Linga of Lord Shiva is considered as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in the Hindu mythology. The Jyotirlingas are self-manifested images of Lord Shiva, unlike the Lingas that are installed by humans.
  • The Bhimashankar Linga occurs at a lower level compared to the ground in the main sanctum. The top of the Linga is divided by a narrow groove in the Linga. Each half of the Linga signifies Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The Lord appears as “Ardhanareeshwara” in the  Bhimashankar Temple.
  • It is believed that water flows continuously from the Linga since time immemorial.
  • The River Bhima is considered sacred by the people because it is believed that the river is actually the perspiration of Lord Shankara (Shiva) after he defeated the demon Tripurasura. A holy dip in the river is believed to relieve ones of their sins.
  • The Mokshakumd, located behind the Bhimashankar Temple is believed to be the place where the Maharishi Kaushik (another name for the Brahmarishi Vishwamitra) performed penance or Tapasya to please the Gods.
  • The Temple administration allows pilgrims to conduct Abhishekam and Poojas to the Jyotirlinga by themselves with Marigold and Bilva leaves.

Bhimashankar Temple Timings

  • Bhimashankar Temple opens at 4:30 AM and closes at 9:30 PM.
  • The Morning Aarti or the Kakad Aarti starts at 4:30 AM.
  • The Nijarup Darshan (Darshan of the real Jyotirlinga) begins at 5 AM till 5:30 AM.
  • The regular Poojas and Abhishekams are performed between 5:15 AM to 11:50 PM.
  • The Darshan is stopped for 45 minutes from 3:15 PM to 4 PM.
  • The Shringar darshan starts at 4 PM.
  • The evening Aarti occurs at 7:30 PM

Dress Code

The Bhimashankar Temple administration as such has not imposed any dress code on the pilgrims. However, it is recommended that you wear decent clothes during the Temple visit. Carry an umbrella as the Temple is surrounded by mountains and rainfall is plenty but erratic. Wear strong and comfortable shoes, preferably flats as one has to descend some 200 steps to reach the Temple. The Bhimashankar Temple is surrounded by places where one can trek a lot.

Festivals celebrated at Bhimashankar Temple

  • Maha Shivaratri – A huge fair is organized for five days in late February or early March as a mark of their respect for Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati on this day. The day is marked with rigorous Poojas, Bhajans, and Abhishekams. Thousands of people descend on the small town to visit the glorious festival.
  • Karthik Poornima – The day falls in November – December and is celebrated with great pomp and fare. It is believed that on this day, Lord Shiva actually destroyed the demon kingdom of Tripura in all the three realms.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi – The festival is celebrated in August – September with great enthusiasm and cheers. The day is marked as the day Lord Ganesha, son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati was born.
  • Deepawali – The festival is celebrated in October – November. The whole Temple is decorated with Deepams or Lamps and special Poojas are performed for Lord Shiva throughout the day.

Poojas and Rituals at Bhimashankar Temple

  • Rudrabhishek – The Pooja is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshiped as fire or Rudra. The puja wipes out all sins and purifies the atmosphere. It also removes all sorts of planetary related ill-occurrences. The Mondays of the month as well as the Pradosham days are considered as ideal for performing the Pooja.
  • Laghurudra Pooja – This Abhishek is done to resolve issues related to health and wealth. It is also done to remove the bad effects of planets in the horoscope.
  • The yearly Poojas or Sevas include Prati Somvar, Prati Pradosh, Prati Shivaratri, Prati Amavasya, Mahashivaratri, Shravan Maas Pratidin. The Rudrabhishekam and Mahapuja can be performed on every Monday, every Amavasya, every Pradosham day, and in the month of Shravan at a reasonable price. For more details, one can visit the link
  • Besides the above Poojas, a Shashvat Pooja can also be performed at the Temple. These Poojas can be performed for 1 day every year for a period of 20 years. The Poojas that can be done are – Rudrabhishek, Mahapuja, Mahapuja with MahaNaivedyam, Laghurudra, Shravan Somvar and Mahashivaratri, and Laghurudra with Brahman Bhojan.

How to reach Bhimashankar Temple – Road, Rail and Air

  • By Air- The nearest airport is the Pune Airport. Regular buses are available from Pune to the Temple between 5:30 AM and 4 PM.
  • By Train – The nearest well-connected railway station is Pune which is 120 km away from the Temple. One can avail the private Taxi services or the Bus services from the Pune Bus Stand to the Bhimashankar Temple.
  • By Road – Regular buses are available from Pune from 5:30 AM to 4 PM. A bus from Kalyan starts at 9 AM and one from Ghatkopar or Kurla at 11 AM. The route through the town of Manchar is the most recommended route for people who are coming on their own.

Where to stay

The staying options at the Bhimashankar Temple and the villages are limited as the area is not easily accessible. The Temple administration runs a Guesthouse named Jeevan Guest House that provides the basic facilities only. However, nearby towns have options like the Blue Mormon Jungle Holiday Resort, Ecogreens Sankalp Farms, and Holiday Maiyaan Karjat.

Where to eat

Several small restaurants are present near the Temple premises such as the Shivshakti and Shankar Vishranti.  The Cuisine available is a mix of both North Indian and South Indian food items. The items available here are predominantly vegetarian.

Nearby Temples

  • Gupt Bhimashankar – A small trekking path from the Bhimashankar Temple will lead you to the place where the Jyotirlinga was originally found. The Linga is situated on the banks of a waterfall and is surrounded by lush greenery.
  • Sakshi Ganapati Temple – The Temple is located 2 km away from the Bhimashankar Temple. The Ganapati here is called “Sakshi” because he is the witness to the visit of the pilgrims to the Jyotirlinga. It is believed that he keeps the attendance of who has visited the Bhimashankar shrine. The Pilgrims visit the Temple to show their presence to the Lord Ganapati and Lord Shiva.
  • Kamalaja Devi Temple – The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. She helped the Lord in his battle against the demons. She is depicted as sitting on the Lotus in this Temple.
Parli Vaijnath Temple

Parli Vaijnath Temple

Parli Vaijnath Temple – Divine Healing Jyotirlinga

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Parli Vaijnath Temple, also known as Parli Vaidyanath Temple, is located in the state of Maharashtra and belongs to the celebrated list of 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva. The Parli Vaijnath Temple is located on the slopes of the mystical mountain range – Meru or Naganarayana. The village of Parli is very ancient and is also known by other names – Kantipur, Madhyarekha Vaijayanti or Jayanti.

Parli Vaijnath Temple History

  • History says that Rani Ahilyabhai renovated the Parli Vaijnath Temple in the 1700s.
  • Legend of the Amrit: When the Gods and Demons were churning the ocean and competing for the Divine Nectar or Amrit, fourteen gems emerged from the process. It included Dhanavantari and Amrit.
  • Just as the demons were about to pounce on the Amrit, Lord Vishnu grabbed both Dhanwantri and Amrit and hid them inside a Shiva Linga. The angered demons tried to break the Linga, but when they touched it bright light emanated. This scared the demons and they fled from the place.
  • Since this is the place where the Gods or the Devas successfully received the Amrit, the village came to be known as Vaijayanthi and therefor the temple as Parli Vaijnath Temple.
  • Legend of Ravana and Shiva Linga: The demon King Ravana did severe penance and even cut off his heads to please Lord Shiva. Moved by his sacrifice, Lord Shiva offered several boons, and Ravana requested that Lord Shiva come to Lanka. The Lord accepted and instructed Ravana to carry his Shiva Linga and warned him not to keep it down anywhere till he reached his destination.
  • During the journey, Ravana wanted to take a break and instructed a shepherd to carry the Linga for a while. Unaware of the Lord’s instruction, the shepherd put the heavy Linga down for a brief moment. The Lord thus stayed there at the place and was known as Vaidhyanath.

Significance of Parli Vaijnath Temple

  • The Parli Village is home to mountains and thick forests rich in medicinal herbs. Since the Parli Vaijnath Temple Jyotirlinga in this region is amidst such a healing atmosphere, the Lord is addressed as Vaidhyanath.
  • Since Lord Vishnu hid both Amrit and Dhanavantari in the Linga, it is believed that anyone who touches the Linga can receive the power of Amrit.
  • The Parli Vaijnath Temple Linga is also known as Dhanavantari and Amriteshwari.
  • The Linga is known to made of the Saligram stone and has a very smooth surface.
  • Devotees are allowed to touch the Parli Vaijnath Temple Linga during worshipping and this helps in healing and reaping various health benefits.
  • In fact, devotees themselves perform the abhisheka here and they use the Bilva leaves that can be purchased outside the Parli Vaijnath Temple precincts.
  • Devotees from all walks of life, castes and religion are welcome to visit this sacred Parli Vaijnath Temple. There are absolutely no discriminations.
  • According to Puranas, sage Markandeya was blessed by the Lord Vaidhyanath of Parli and became immortal.
  • Rani Ahilyabhai is known to have brought in special stones from the Trishul Devi mountain range during the Parli Vaijnath Temple renovation.
  • A minaret outside the Parli Vaijnath Temple has Gwakshas or windows. When the sun’s rays pass through the windows and fall directly on the Shiva Linga, special prayers and poojas are offered to the Sun God.
  • Parli is also considered to be a meeting place of HariHara. Festivals of both Hari (Lord Vishnu) and Hara (Lord Shiva) are celebrated here. The waters of the nearby Harihara Teerth is brought to the Parli Vaijnath Temple daily for the Linga Pooja.

Parli Vaijnath Temple Timings

  • Parli Vaijnath temple opens at 5 am and closes at 9 pm. There is afternoon break though. Afternoon break timings are from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Poojas and Rituals

  • Somvar Pooja on Mondays
  • Shadopachar: 5:00 am
  • Shringar Pooja: 6:00 pm

Festivals celebrated at Parli Vaijnath Temple

  • Maha Shivarathri, Vaikunth Chaturdashi, Tripuri Pournima, Vijayadashami and Chaitra Padva are important festivals. One can see a unique practice during these celebrations – Bilva leaves that are usually offered to Lord Shiva are offered to Lord Vishnu. Similarly, the Tulsi leaves that are usually offered to Lord Vishnu are offered to Lord Shiva.
  • During the Shravan months, devotees visiting Parli are often overwhelmed by the chanting of the Rudra Mantra that can be heard in the entire village of Parli.

How to Reach Parli Vaijnath Temple: Road, Rail, and Air

  • By road: There are several buses connecting from Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and other nearby cities of Maharashtra.
  • By rail: The nearest station is Parli station and is 2 km from the Parli Vaidhyanath Temple. Direct trains operate from Secunderabad, Kakinada, Manmad, Vishakapatnam and Bangalore. Visitors taking the Mumbai – Nagpur train route must get off at the Parbhani station which is 70 km away from Parli and take a connecting train.
  • By air: The nearest airport is in Nanded and is 105 km from the Parli Vaidhyanath temple.

Parli Vaijnath Hotels: Where to Stay

There are a number of budget accommodations available at Parli. You can also find accommodation in the state-run MTDC cottages.

Where to Eat

Most of the hotels that offer accommodation also have in-house restaurants. Travellers choose to eat in Ambajogai, which is 20 km away from the temple, as one can find more restaurant options in this area.

Nearby Temples

  • Yogeshwari Temple, Ambajogai: The Yogeshwari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Yogeshwari who was married to Parli Vaidhyanath. Puranas say that by the time the wedding party arrived at Parli, the auspicious time had passed and the entire party turned into stone. The Yogeshwari temple is 25 km from Ambajogai.
  • Aundha Nagnath Jyotirlinga Temple: The Aundha Nagnath Temple in the village of Aundha Nagnath in Maharashtra is the first of the Jyotirlingas. The temple is located 118 km from Parli Vaidhyanath temple. It’s believed that Yudhishtra, the eldest of the Pandava brothers built the Temple during their exile.
  • Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple: The Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple is near Pune and is 387 km from Parli Vaidhyanath Temple. The Linga here is self-manifested and is one of the five Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra.
  • Grisheshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Temple is located in Verul, Beed District, Maharashtra. This temple is the last of the Jyotirlingas and for devotees who undertake the Jyotirlingas pilgrimage, a visit to this temple completes their journey. Grishneshwar temple is 246 km from Parli Vaidhyanath Temple.
  • Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: The Trimbakeshwar Temple is in the town of Trimbak, Nashik District, Maharashtra. The temple is 397 km from Parli Vaidhyanath Temple. The Linga has three faces symbolising Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma.
Aundha Nagnath Temple

Aundha Nagnath Temple

Aundha Nagnath Temple – First Jyotirlinga on Earth

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Aundha Nagnath Temple in Maharashtra is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is known as Lord Nagnath in this region. The temple is a part of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples and Aundha Nagnath is believed to be the first of the Jyotirlingas. The temple is located in the Hingoli district of Maharashtra and is one of the state’s five Jyotirlinga temples.

Aundha Nagnath Temple History 

  • The history of the Aundha Nagnath Temple dates back to the period of the Pandavas. It is believed that Yudhistra first built this majestic temple during his exile.
  • Legend of the Jyotirlinga: During their exile, the Pandavas built their hermitage in a forest in this region. The cows from their hermitage drank the water from the nearby river and released milk into the river. Bhima noticed this one day and informed Yudhistra.
  • The Pandavas felt that some great God must be residing in this river and they began to remove the water. Beyond a point the water was boiling hot and Bhima struck the river thrice with his mace. They were taken aback when blood started oozing from the spot and a brilliant Linga emerged. Yudhistra then built the temple and installed the Jyotirlinga.
  • Legend of Nageshwar Darukavane: The Aundha region had thick forests inhabited by serpents and was known as Darukavane after two demons – Daruk and Daruka. The demons harassed the hermits living in the area and imprisoned them. This angered the Gods who fought the demons and drove them away. But Daruka was Shiva devotee and had received boons from Goddess Parvati.
  • The boon gave them the power to shift the entire forest to an island. From there, the demons continued to harass the hermits and imprisoned them along with Supriya, a devotee of Lord Shiva. Supriya invoked the powerful Rudra mantra along with the prisoners and Lord Shiva appeared to kill the demons.
  • Daruka repented for their sins, asked for Lord Shiva’s pardon and requested that he stay in the forest. Lord Shiva and Parvati accepted the request, assumed the form of Jyotirlinga and stayed in Darukavane as Lord Nageshwar and Nageshwari.

Significance of Aundha Nagnath Temple

  • The Nagesh Linga or the Aundha Nagnath Temple Jyotirlinga is known as the Adhya or the first Jyotirlinga on earth
  • Lord Shiva is addressed as Nagnath or Nageshwar since he has a snake around his neck
  • The association with the snake has led to a belief that this Linga is very powerful and potent against negating the harmful effects of all poisons
  • Devotees believe that by praying at this temple, one can safeguard themselves against all poisons
  • Devotees praying to Lord Nagnath, believe that the Lord will guide them to the correct path of life, the way he did with the demons at Darukavane
  • The Garba Griha and Linga are in the basement level and devotees have to climb down to worship the main deity
  • The Linga faces south and the Gomukha faces the east
  • The Linga is made of a stone called Dwaraka Shila and one can see small chakras on the top
  • The Linga is oval shaped and resembles a Trimuki Rudraksha
  • Devotees have often sighted snakes with open hoods guarding the Linga
  • The Aundha Nagnath Temple structure is strong as it was built with stones from the Pandava period. Therefore, the temple is considered to be nearly 3000 years old
  • Saint Namdev was known to sing the praise of the Lord at the temple every day. The priests objected that this disturbed their routines and drove him away. The Lord turned the temple to face his devotee and showed his back to the priests. The entire temple stands rotated and directions of the temple, Linga and Nandi are different from other temples. Unlike other Shiva temples, the Nandikeshwara is seen at the back of the temple.
  • Aundha Nagnath Temple is a sacred site for followers of both Hinduism and Sikhism, and Sikh Gurus are known to have worshiped the Lord at this temple
  • One of the shrines inside the Aundha Nagnath Temple complex houses the Runomochan Teerth as is also known as Saas Teerth and Bahu Teerth (Mother-in-law and Daughter-in-law). The Saas Teerth is known to have brackish water while the Bahu Teerth has sweet water. Once every 12 years during Kapila Shashti, the water from Kashi Ganga is offered here and the water of the teerth would turn crystal clear.
  • According to history, Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb tried to raze down the Aundha Nagnath Temple. His men were attacked by bees and the emperor gave up and left the temple. Later Rani Ahalya Bhai renovated and repaired the temple.

Aundha Nagnath Temple Timings

  • Aundha Nagnath Temple is open daily from 4:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Shravan month: 4:00 am – 10:00 pm

Aundha Nagnath Temple – Poojas and Rituals

Temple opening               : 4:00 am
Rudrabhishek Pooja       : 4:05 am
Aarti Pooja                        : 12:00 noon
Shrisnan Pooja                 : 4:00 pm
Shejaarti Pooja                 : 8:30 pm
Temple closing                 : 9:00 pm

  • Rudrabhishek
  • Dudhabhishek
  • Rudrabhishek with bhog
  • Char somvar(four mondays) ek ammavasya rudrabhishek
  • Char somvar ek ammavasya rudrabhishek with dudh
  • Char somvar ek ammavasya rudrabhishek with bhog
  • Rudrabhishek for one year somvar
  • Rudrabhishek with milk for one year somvar
  • Ek somvar 1008 bilva patra abhishek
  • Ek somvar 1008 mahamrityunjaya jaap
  • Laghurudra by 11 brahmins
  • Ek shravan mas jalabhishek
  • Ek shravan mas dudh and bilva patra abhishek
  • Ek shravan mas akhand jyota

Aundha Nagnath Temple Festivals

  • Maha Shivarathri, and Vijayadashami are celebrated in a grand manner at Aundha Nagnath temple

How to Reach Aundha Nagnath Temple: Road, Rail, and Air

  • By road: There are several buses connecting from Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and other nearby cities of Maharashtra.
  • By rail: The nearest stations Parbhani is 50 km from the temple. The station has several connecting trains to major cities. One can also find connecting trains to Hingoli junction.
  • By air: The nearest airport is in Nanded which is 54 km from Aundha Nagnath

Where to Stay

  • There are limited accommodation options available at Aundha Nagnath Temple. Travellers mostly stay at Nanded or Parbhani.

Where to Eat

  • There are limited restaurant options at Aundha Nagnath Temple. Travellers eat at Dhabbas that one can find on the highway or at the hotels in Nanded and Parbhani.

Nearby Temples

  • Mallinath Digambar Jain Temple: The Mallinath Digambar Jain Temple is in Shirad Shahapur Village and is dedicated to Lord Mallinath. This 300-year-old temple is 15 km from Aundha Nagnath temple.
  • Parli Vaidhyanath Jyotirlinga Temple: Parli Vaidhyanath Jyotirlinga Temple is located in Parli, Beed District, Maharashtra. The temple is 118 km from the Aundha Nagnath Temple. It is believed that health conditions improve by praying at this temple.
  • Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple: The Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple is near Pune and is 465 km from Aundha Nagnath Temple. The Linga here is self-manifested and is one of the five Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra.
  • Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Temple is located in Verul, Beed District, Maharashtra. This temple is the last of the Jyotirlingas and for devotees who undertake the Jyotirlingas pilgrimage, a visit to this temple completes their journey. Grishneshwar temple is 227 km from Aundha Nagnath Temple.
  • Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: The Trimbakeshwar Temple is in the town of Trimbak, Nashik District, Maharashtra. The temple is 286 km from Aundha Nagnath Temple. The Linga has three faces symbolising Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma.
Grishneshwar Temple

Grishneshwar Temple

Grishneshwar Temple

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Grishneshwar Temple in the state of Maharashtra belongs to the celebrated list of 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva. This temple is the last of the 12 Jyotirlingas. For devotees who undertake the Jyotirlingas pilgrimage, a visit to this temple completes their journey. The temple is located in a small village called Verul in Daulatabad near Aurangabad.

Grishneshwar Temple History

  • Maloji Bhosle, an ardent devotee and chief of the Verul village, built the temple in the 16th century after he found a treasure hidden inside an ant hill
  • Rani Ahilyabai Holker, Queen of Indore, renovated the temple in the 17th century

According to Shivapuran, several legends are associated with this ancient place of worship:

  • The legend of Shivalay:
    • During his hunting expeditions, the king of Verul killed the animals living in the hermitage of Rishis. The angered Rishis cursed the king and insects swarmed all over his body. The king wandered in the forest and came across a small hole with water flowing from it.
    • The moment he started drinking the water, the insects miraculously vanished from his body. The overwhelmed king did severe penance in that place. Pleased with the penance, Lord Brahma blessed the king and created a lake that came to be known as Shivalay.
  • The legend of Kumkumeshwar:
    • Once, Lord Shiva and his consort Parvathi were staying in the Sahayadri range near the Shivalay. One day, when the Goddess was about to apply vermillion, she mixed it with the Shivalay water. The vermillion transformed into a Linga and a radiant light emitted from it much to the Goddess’s amazement.
    • Since it came from the vermillion, this Jyotirlinga was initially called Kumkumeshwar. But the Goddess named it Grishneshwar since she believed the Linga came from the rubbing action, and the word Grish means friction.
  • The legend of Ghushmeswar:
    • A great Brahmin scholar, Brahmavetta Sudharm and his wife Sudeha lived in the southern mountain of Devagiri (later known as Daulatabad). They were childless, and an agonised Sudeha persuaded her sister Ghushma to marry Sudharm so that they could have a child together. Ghushma and Sudharm had a son much to the envy of Sudeha. The boy grew up to be a handsome young man and eventually got married. Unable to cope with the jealous feelings, Sudeha killed the boy when he was asleep and threw the body into a lake.
    • A deeply grieving Gushma continued with her usual life. During her morning ritual of visiting the lake where she usually made and worshipped hundred Lingas, she saw her son emerging from the lake. Lord Shiva appeared before her and said that Sudeha had killed her son. Pleased with Gushma’s devotion, he gave back her son and also granted her a boon. Ghushma requested the Lord to forgive her sister and also to remain in the place. The Lord accepted her request and continued to reside there in the form of a Jyotirlinga. He took the name Ghushmeswar in Gushma’s honour.

Significance of Grishneshwar Temple

  • The Grishneshwar Temple is also known by other names – Ghurmeshwar, Ghushmeswar, Kusumeswarar, and Grishneswara. This temple is considered to be nearly 3000 years old
  • The Linga faces the east direction. The sanctum sanctorum includes Lord Grishneshwar and his consort Grishneshwari
  • The quaint little temple town is a perfect destination for devotees who seek peaceful and serene ambiance for their spiritual needs
  • Many pilgrims believe that, by paying a visit to the Grishneshwar Temple, one can reap the benefits of worshiping all the 12 Jyotirlingas
  • The Grishneshwar Temple is a classic example of the pre-historic style of architecture. The temple has beautiful carvings that are a treat for the eye and soul
  • Devotees can see the marriage scene of the Lord and his consort in the temple murals and carving
  • History lovers would find the temple engrossing as several rock carvings of Maratha heroes are preserved beautifully in the temple
  • Devotees and visitors are often awestruck by the brilliant five-tiered shikhara (temple tower)
  • The Shikara includes intricate carvings of the Dasavathar, which appear resplendent in the red volcanic rock. Devotees also marvel at the statue of Nandikeshwara that adorns the court hall
  • The Grishneshwar Temple also houses a well that springs holy water

Grishneshwar Temple Timings

  • Daily: 5:30 am – 9:30 pm
  • During the month of Shravan (Aug-Sep): 3:00 am – 11:00 pm

Grishneshwar Temple Poojas and Rituals

  • Mangal Aarti: 4:00 am
  • Jalhari Saghan: 8:00 am
  • Maha Prashad: 12 noon
  • Jalhari Saghan: 4:00 pm
  • Evening Aarti: 7:30 pm
  • Night Aarti: 10:00 pm 

Grishneshwar Temple Festivals

  • Maha Shivaratri: Like all important Shiva temples, the Maha Shivaratri festival is celebrated in an elaborate manner at Grishneshwar temple. It is regarded as the main festival here. Crores of devotees make a trip to this town to catch a glimpse of the Lord on this auspicious day that falls in February/March every year
  • Ganesh Chaturthi in August / September
  • Navaratri in September/October
  • Diwali in October / November

How to Reach Grishneshwar Temple: Road, Rail and Air

  • By road: There are several bus options from Aurangabad to Grishneshwar. Road travel by car- Pune:  256 km in 4.5 hours. Nasik: 187 km in 3 hours. Shirdi: 122 km in 2.5 hours
  • By rail: At a distance of 35 km from the temple, Aurangabad is the nearest railway station. But since it’s away from the main route to Grishneshwar, travellers take the train to Manmad Station (86 km from the temple) and reach Grishneshwar by either car or bus.
  • By air: The nearest airport is in Aurangabad, and there are regular flights that ply between Aurangabad and Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur. The airport is roughly 29 km away from the temple.

Where to Stay in Grishneshwar

Verul is a small village and there aren’t many options available. Devotees usually stay either in Daulatabad or Aurangabad, with the latter offering more choices of accommodation. You can expect mostly budget accommodations in Daulatabad.

Where to Eat in Grishneshwar

Several devotees partake the free lunch provided at the temple. There are not many restaurant options in Verul. However, one can find several good standalone restaurants in Aurangabad that are frequented by travellers.

Nearby Temples

  • Ellora Caves: The Ellora Caves is a collection of Hindu caves, Buddhist caves and Jain caves and is an excellent example of religious harmony during the ancient period. The Ellora Caves are within a 1 km distance from Grishneshwar Temple.
  • Bhadra Maruti Temple, Khuldabad: This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the monkey god. The Bhadra Maruti Temple enjoys the reputation of being the only Hanuman temple with the deity in reclining or sleeping position. The temple is just 6 km away from the Grishneswar Temple.
  • Aundha Nagnath Jyotirlinga Temple: The Aundha Nagnath Temple in the village of Aundha Nagnath in Maharashtra, is the first of the Jyotirlinga temples. The temple is located 227 km from Grishneshwar temple. It’s believed that, Yudhishtra, the eldest of the Pandava brothers built the Temple during their exile.
  • Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple: The Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple is near Pune and is 201 km from Grishneshwar Temple. The Linga here is self-manifested and is one of the five Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra.
  • Vaijnath Jyotirlinga Temple: Vaijnath Jyotirlinga Temple is located in Parli, Beed District, Maharashtra. The temple is 246 km from the Grishneshwar Temple. It is believed that health conditions improve by praying at this temple.
  • Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: The Trimbakeshwar Temple is in the town of Trimbak, Nashik District, Maharashtra. The temple is 214 km from Grishneshwar Temple. The Linga has three faces symbolising Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma.
Trimbakeshwar Temple

Trimbakeshwar Temple

Trimbakeshwar Temple

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Trimbakeshwar Temple Video

The Trimbakeshwar Temple, also known as the Tryambakeshwar Temple is a part of the extremely holy Jyotirlinga pilgrimage which every Hindu must make to attain Moksha or salvation. This small but imposing shrine is located in the town of Trimbak, in the Nasik district of Maharashtra. The Temple is also the source of the holy River Godavari. The Trimbakeshwar Temple is located in the foothills of the great Brahmagiri hills of Maharashtra.

The Trimbakeshwar Temple is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas that are revered and worshiped as true or Swayambhu forms of Lord Shiva. The Swayambhu Linga means that Lord Shiva had turned himself into a Linga rather than a stone Linga installed by humans amidst prayers and chants.

The Trimbakeshwar Temple is made of black stone following the Nagara style of architecture. The Trimbakeshwar Temple has a Mandap and a Garbhagriha. The Mandap has four entrances, three of which are covered with porches having beautifully sculpted pillars and arches. The main sanctum is square shaped from inside but star shaped from outside. The Linga present here is called the Trimbaka or Tryambaka. Some people believe that it is called so because it contains three small thumbs sized Lingas representing Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva while others believe that it is because Lord Shiva has three eyes. A huge and beautiful tower is constructed over the Sanctum, which possesses an Amalaka (a stone disc with ridges on the rim, signifying the seat of the deity below) and a golden Kalasa. The main Lingam is present in a depression on the floor of the sanctum.  Usually, the Lingam is covered with a silver mask showing the faces of the holy Trinity. However, on festivals and special occasions, a golden crown covers the Lingam.

The Holy Trimbakeshwar Temple is also the source of River Godavari. However, locals call the river as River Ganga because of the legends associated with the origins. As a result of the extent of the spread of the river and its mythological significance, the river is popularly known as the Dakshina Ganga (Ganga of the South).

Trimbakeshwar Temple History

  • The current Trimbakeshwar Temple was constructed by the famous Maratha ruler Nana Saheb Peshwa in the 18th century
  • Shreemant Rao Saheb built the Trimbakeshwar Temple around the Kushavarta water tank and improved the approach to the tank.
  • The origins of the Trimbakeshwar Temple can be traced back to a legend associated with the Rishi Gautam. It is believed that the land was called as Tapobhoomi in the Satya Yuga when a lot of Rishis and Munis (Sages) lived here and did penance. One of them was Gautam Rishi (one of the Saptrishis).  He lived at Trimbak with his wife Ahilya. Once, there was a massive drought and the world was suffering from the lack of water. Gautam Rishi offered prayers to God Varuna ( God of water and oceans). God Varuna accepted the prayers and offered him a boon of a tank that provided a never-ending supply of water. Using this water, the Rishi grew agricultural crops like Rice, Wheat and other vegetables. He fed them to the other Rishis residing there.
  • After a period of time, some of the other Rishis grew jealous and wanted to interrupt Gautam Rishi. They prayed to Lord Ganesha asking him to send a cow to the Rishi’s field and then die. Lord Ganesha warned the Rishis that this will not end well for them. He sent a cow into the field. Gautam Rishi saw it and threw the Darbha grass to frighten it. The cow died on the field. The other Rishis advised that this is a sin and that only River Ganga can purify the place. Gautam Rishi and wife Ahilya started their penance to Lord Shiva who was eventually pleased by the devotion and ordered Ganga to come down to the Earth.
  • The River Ganga flowed down on Earth from the Brahmagiri hill and Gautam Rishi trapped it in a Kund or a Pond called Kushavarta in the present day. He was relieved of his sin by taking a bath in it. The River was called Dakshin Ganga and is also known as Godavari and Gauthami.
  • Following the washing off of sins of Gautam Rishi, he along with other Gods and the Godavari requested Lord Shiva to take abode here. Lord Shiva acknowledged them and turned into a Linga to stay there.
  • Another popular legend associated with the Trimbakeshwar Temple is that of the Lingodbhava formation of Lord Shiva. It is believed that after Lord Brahma lied to Lord Shiva on finding the end of the endless pillar of fire emanating from Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma was cursed by Lord Shiva that he will not be worshiped by the devotees. This angered Lord Brahma and in turn, he cursed Lord Shiva that he will be pushed under the ground. As a result, Lord Shiva’s Linga in Trimbakeshwar is under the ground level.

Significance of Trimbakeshwar Temple

  • The Jyotirlinga of Lord Trimbakeshwar is one of the twelve holy Jyotirlinga forms of Lord Shiva worshiped all over the world. The unique feature of the Linga is that the main Linga is composed of three small thumb sized Lingas protruding from the ground, each representing Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Out of these three Lingas, water constantly flows out of the Linga of Lord Shiva.
  • The Trimbakeshwar Temple is the only Jyotirlinga where the actual Linga is present in a depression or a cavity. As a result, the Linga is not worshiped with Abhishekams as others are.
  • The Linga of Lord Shiva emanates water constantly and it is believed that the Linga has started to erode gradually. It is believed that a rumbling or a gurgling sound can be heard in silence from the Linga.
  • It is believed that the eyes of the three Lingas are representations of Sun, Moon and Fire each facing in different directions. It is believed that one who worships this Linga is worshiping all the three Gods at once and attains salvation.
  • The three Lingas of Brahma Vishnu and Shiva are usually covered with a silver crown depicting their faces. However, on special occasions like Mahashivaratri, Karthik Purnima and Dussehra, the Golden crown studded with diamonds and ruby is kept over the three Lingas. It is believed that the Peshwas donated the crown to the Temple and that the crown actually belonged to the Pandavas.
  • It is believed by the locals that a Shraddha ceremony on the shores of Godavari will provide satisfaction to our ancestors. To make our ancestors happy, Poojas like the Ganga Puja, Ganga Bhet, and Tarpan Shraddha are performed at the Trimbakeshwar Temple.
  • The famous saint Sri Nivruttinath, who initiated the Nath community attained his Samadhi here at Trimbakeshwar. A temple dedicated to his mass knowledge of Shastras can be visited here.
  • As per the Skanda Puran, Padma Puran and the Dharma Sindhu, the unique ceremony of Narayan Nagbali (to remove Pitru Dosh) can only be performed at the Trimbakeshwar Temple in India.
  • The beautiful and popular Nassak Diamond often counted among the 24 great diamonds in world history has its origin in the Temple of Trimbakeshwar. The diamond was initially cut in the 15th century and adorned the Shiva Linga. The British East India Company captured the diamond and sold it to jewelers in Britain. It has changed hands since and is currently a property of Edward J. Hand from Connecticut.
  • A dip in the Kushavarta pond, the source of River Godavari is believed to wipe off sins from a human’s life. The pond is the starting point for Kumbh Mela which takes place every twelve years. The venue of Kumbh Mela rotates among the four holy cities of Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain. In Nasik, the Kumbh Mela is specifically called as the Simhastha Kumbh Mela.
  • According to the legend, Nasik is one of the places where Lord Vishnu dropped four drops of Amrit that he was carrying in a Kumbh (pot). Hence, taking a dip in these places are considered extremely sacred and spiritual.

Trimbakeshwar Temple Timings

  • The Trimbakeshwar Temple opens at 5:30 AM and closes at 9 PM.
  • The general darshan is allowed from a distance of about 5 meters and only devotees who want to perform special Poojas are allowed to enter the main sanctum and touch the Linga.
  • The Mangal Aarti is performed at 5:30 AM to 6 AM.
  • Special Poojas like Rudrabhishek, Mrityunjaya Mantra and Laghurudrabhishek are performed between 7 to 9 AM.
  • The Madhyana Pooja or the Noon Pooja happens at 1 PM.
  • The Sandhya Pooja or the Sayam Pooja is performed at 7 PM – 9 PM.
  • On every Monday of the month, a procession is carried out in a Palki, which carries the silver Panch Mukhi Mukhota from the Trimbakeshwar Temple to the Kushavarta tank and back.
  • The Golden crown of Lord Shiva can be seen on every Monday at 4:30 PM.

Trimbakeshwar Temple Dress code

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

Poojas and Rituals at Trimbakeshwar Temple

The Trimbakeshwar Temple hosts a number of unique Poojas that can be performed only in the Trimbakeshwar Temple in the country. Below are the unique Poojas performed here:

  • The Kaalsarpa Pooja – The Pooja is performed for people who are facing some form of planetary disturbances in their life. The disturbances occur when certain planets appear in a certain position between the Rahu and the Ketu. Some of the common types of Kaalsarpas are Ananta Kaalsarpa, Kulik Kaalsarpa, Shankhapaal Kaalsarpa, Vasuki Kaalsarpa, Maha Padma Kaalsarpa and the Takshak Kaalsarpa Yog. The devotee should first take a bath in the holy Kushavarta and ask forgiveness for any sin that he committed knowingly or unknowingly. Donations like sesame, ghee, butter, milk, cow, gold and other such items are made to the God. The Cobra or the Naag is worshiped in this Pooja. Therefore, performing this Pooja on the day of Naag Panchami is considered as highly auspicious. Poojas like the Ganesh Pooja, Durga Pooja, Varun Pooja, and Shiv Pooja are performed by the Pundits. Advance booking is a must for this Pooja.
  • The Narayan Nagbali Pooja – The Narayan Pooja is performed to remove the ancestral curses on the family, also known as the Pitru-Dosh. It is also done to calm down souls who have had unfinished desires before they departed. The Nagbali Pooja is done to ask for forgiveness for killing a Naag or a Cobra. An artificial body made of wheat flour and all the rites that are performed for the dead is performed for the artificial body. Mantras are chanted that free the souls from the Earth. In Nagbali Pooja, a similar artificial body of a Cobra is made of wheat dough and worshiped. The Pooja is unique to the Trimbakeshwar Temple only. The Pooja is performed over a period of three days.
  • The Tripindi Shraddha Pooja – This Pooja is performed for the departed whose souls get angry and vehement if the offerings or proper rites are not performed for three consecutive years. Tripindi Shraddha Pujan is performed for problems like hurdles in childbirth, bad luck, ancestral Moksha, and for removing Gau hatya dosha.
  • The Mahamrityunjaya Pooja – The Mahamritunjay Jaap is done for a long and healthy life and to get rid of prolonged sickness. The Pooja is considered to be one of the most powerful methods of worshiping Lord Shiva.
  • The Rudrabhishek – This Abhishek is performed with Panchamrit (Milk, Ghee, Honey, Curd and Sugar) amongst the recital of several Mantras and Shlokas.
  • The Laghurudrabhishek – This Abhishek is done to resolve issues related to health and wealth. It is also done to remove the bad effects of planets in the horoscope.
  • The Maharudrabhishek – In the Abhishek, recitations of Rigveda, Samveda, Yajurveda and Atharva Veda is done in front of the deities of the temple.

Besides these Poojas, the Ganga Pooja, Ganga Bhet, Tarpan Shraddha, Deh Shuddi Prayasschitta, Dasha Dana and Gopradan are all performed on the banks of River Godavari.

Festivals celebrated at Trimbakeshwar Temple

  • The Sinhastha Kumbh Mela – As per the legend, Lord Vishnu spilt four drops of holy Amrit which he obtained by the churning of the milk on Earth. He was carrying the Amrit in a Kumbh (Pot). The drops fell in Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain. In Nasik, the Mela is held at Trimbakeshwar. The Kumbh Mela is called the Sinhastha Kumbh Mela because the date on which the Mela should begin is decided based on the time the Guru (Jupiter) enters the Simha Rashi (Leo). The Mela is celebrated once every 12 years. The Mela has been officially and internationally accepted as the largest religious gathering in the world. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world attend the festivities and take a dip in the holy River Dakshin Ganga or the Godavari.
  • Mahashivaratri – The festival is celebrated in February or March. The festival signifies the marriage of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati. Some also believe that this is the day when Lord Shiva absorbed the poison that turned him blue during the churning of Amrit episode in mythology. The day is celebrated with great reverence. Devotees keep fast and sing bhajans throughout the night and into the day. Special Poojas are performed for the Linga.
  • Tripuri Purnima – The festive day is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Karthik (November – December). The Purnima is called Tripuri Purnima because of the legend of Lord Shiva destroying the three demon cities, collectively known as Tripura of the Tripurasura demon. The place where this incident happened is now popularly known as the Bhimashankar Temple, another Jyotirlinga temple in Maharashtra.
  • Ratha Poornima – The Rath Yatra is carried out in the month of January – February. During this festival, the Panchamukhi Idol of Lord Trimbakeshwar is kept in the Rath and then the yatra is held by going through the streets of the holy town.

Besides the above main festivals, several other festivals are celebrated with great pomp and fare. Some of them are the Ganga Godavari festival in November, the Shravan month, and the Trimbakeshwar Temple Float Yatra of the idol of Lord Shiva.

How to reach Trimbakeshwar Temple

  • By Air – The nearest airport is the Ozar domestic airport in Nasik located 30 km away from the Trimbakeshwar Temple. Regular domestic flights are operated to various cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad. Regular bus and taxi service are available from Nasik to Trimbakeshwar.
  • By Train – The nearest railway station that is well connected to other cities is Nasik located at a distance of 22 km. Several trains connect Nasik to cities all over the country like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Guwahati, Amritsar, Patna, Kolkata, Pune, Ranchi, Lucknow and many more. From the station, one can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach the Trimbakeshwar Temple.
  • By Road – The State Transport buses operate frequent buses from Nasik, Pune and Mumbai. The roads are clean and the journey will be pleasant. The state highways connect Trimbakeshwar to other cities like Surat, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar and Dhule.

Where to stay near Trimbakeshwar Temple

There are a few options available for the pilgrims to stay near Trimbakeshwar Temple. Several Guest Houses are available like the Shiv Prasad Bhakta Nivas and the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) Holiday Resort which offer a variety of rooms ranging from standard, AC and Non AC.

The town is host to a variety of small private hotels and lodges. Accommodation can also be arranged in Nasik city which is just 25 km away from the Trimbakeshwar Temple.

Where to eat near Trimbakeshwar Temple

A few small vegetarian restaurants serve good quality food at reasonable rates. Alcohol consumption is not allowed near the Trimbakeshwar Temple premises. Non-vegetarian food is not served in the town. The cuisine mainly includes traditional Maharashtrian as well as North Indian and South Indian dishes.

Nearby Temples

  • The Kedareshwar Temple – The Temple is located on the South-East corner of the Kushavarta pond. The presiding deity is Sri Kedareshwar, a form of Lord Shiva who appeared as Kedarbhatta and forgave the sins of Saint Gauthama. It is believed that dead human bones disappear from the Temple.
  • Nivruttinath Temple – The Sage Nivruttinath who started the Nath community and had immense knowledge of the Shastras took Samadhi here. The Temple is dedicated to him and is located near Gangadwar.
  • Kushavarta – The holy pond is located 5 minutes from the Trimbakeshwar Temple. This is the place where River Dakshin Ganga (Godavari) collects and distributes itself to the rest of India. The Legend says that 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 twelve years. As per the Government rules, the Sadhus who follow Vaishnavism take a bath in the Godavari at Ram Kund and those who follow Shaivism take a bath in this pond.
  • Shri Nilambika Temple / Dattatreya Temple – The Temple is located at the top of the Neel Parbat peak situated on the eastern side of the Brahmagiri hill. It is believed that all the three Goddesses, Matamba (Parvati), Renuka (Lakshmi) and Manananba (Saraswati) came to visit Parashurama during his penance. After the penance, he requested them to stay at the place. The Temple dedicated to the three Goddesses was eventually built here.
  • Anjaneri Temple – The Temple is dedicated to Lord Anjaneya or Lord Hanuman. It is believed that the hill is the birthplace of Lord Hanuman.

Besides these Temples, there are several holy places of importance near the Trimbakeshwar Temple. Some of them are listed below:

  • The Brahmagiri Hill – The hill is the origin of River Godavari, which flows from the hill on three sides. The east flowing stream is called Godavari, one to the south is called Vaitarna and the one facing west is called Ganga. One has to climb 500 steps to reach the peak. Five peaks of this mountain are called Sadyo-Jata, Vamdev, Aghora, Ishana and Tat-Purusha. They are considered as the five mouths of the Lord Shiva and they are worshipped. One can also visit the Gangadwar Temple located halfway up the hill.
  • The Gautama Tirtha – The Tirtha is located south of the Trimbakeshwar Temple. The legend says that God Varuna (God of water and oceans) was pleased with the service of the Saint Gautam and gifted him this Tirtha which contained unending supply of water.
  • The Indra Tirtha – This Tirtha is located east of the Kushavarta tank. It is believed 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 dedicated to Lord Indra is located depicting Indra sitting on an Airavat elephant.
  • 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. Saint Gautam recognized the imposter and cursed her that she will turn into a river. Jatila begged for forgiveness. Saint Gautam said that the curse will be lifted only when she joins the River Godavari. The Ahilya Sangam Tirtha is the place where the river of Jatila joins the River Godavari.