Trimbakeshwar Temple – 8th Jyotirlinga of Shiva
Situated very close to district Nasik in Maharashtra, Trimbakeshwar Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Nasik is one of the holiest cities in India. Panchvati (where Ram, Lakshman and Sita stayed) is close by. Nasik is also one of the oldest cities in the country.
As the writer of 12 Jyotirlingas has stated in a couple of pieces that every Jyotirlinga is earmarked for a certain wish, Trimbakeshwar is known to have the power to cure the disabled.
A PhD scholar from Maharashtra mentioned in his thesis: Maharashtrachi Poojya Bhoomi that Trimbakeshwar enjoys a very high pedestal among the innumerable shrines scattered all over Maharashtra.
Marathi writers and scholars Kusumagraj, N C Phadke, P L Deshpande among others would regularly visit Trimbakeshwar and seek Lord Shiva’s blessings.
Medieval Marathi poet Vibhakar wrote, ‘Trimbakchi Mahima’ (The Divine Importance of Trimbakeshwar). It’s believed to be the oldest Marathi poem as a paean to Lord Shiva of Trimbakeshwar.
The salubrious climate of Nasik adds to the desirability and divinity of Trimbakeshwar temple. The writer of this piece is based in Poona and Nasik is pretty close to it. I, therefore, have visited Trimbakeshwar a great many times.
In Dandakaranya, Trimbakeshwar has been described as Shiv Samadhi Sthal (A place of Lord Shiva’s meditation or contemplation). One can see many devotees engrossed in meditation at the temple or in the vicinity of it.
Though never scientifically proven (religious phenomena can never be scientifically explained or proven), the devotees who have been to all 12 Jyotirlingas, are of the view that it’s the most accessible in the sense that they’ve felt the presence of Lord Shiva palpably at Trimbakeshwar Temple. How far it’s true, only they and their aastha (faith) know. But one thing is beyond dispute that one feels a perceptible living feeling of Shiva. But that needs scrutiny as to how it’s possible.
Lata Mangeshkar’s father Master Dinanath was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and he’d regularly visit Trimbakeshwar Temple in Nasik.
Infants are taken to Trimbakeshwar Temple by their parents because it’s believed that an early visit to this particular temple brings legions of blessings to the lives of the children when they grow up: Shiv Shakti Roopam (They’ll be blessed with the power of Lord Shiva). This is a belief and beliefs are seldom questioned.
Basically, a Jyotirlinga signifies the infinite nature of Lord Shiva. He’s transcendental and unadulterated, purest Brahman (not the caste-based Brahman) but the manifestation of the highest esoteric axioms. Shiv is Truth and the Truth is the most sublime.
Apropos, it’s the Eighth Jyotirlinga among the 12 Jyotirlingas. Trimbakeshwar temple timings are 5:30 am to 9 pm.
Lastly, a late Artillery Major-General who got seriously wounded during 1965 War with Pakistan, miraculously started walking again when all the doctors believed that he’d never be able to walk on his own. He was an Artillery Captain at that time and went on to become a Major-General in Indian Army. His mother and wife used to pray to Lord Shiva at Trimbakeshwar for hours together for his recovery. It’s worthwhile to mention that Artillery’s Main Centre is at Deolali near Nasik and here at Deolali camp, the great thespian Dilip Kumar began his career as a fruit-trader and merchant many decades ago. He came to Deolali from Peshawar, Pakistan.