Trimbakeshwar Temple: Nashik Kumbh Mela
Counted as the holiest temple of India, the trimbakeshwar (Trambakeshwar) is a famous place as an ancient Hindu temple of Lord Shiva. It is located at the Trimbak Town, Nashik District, Maharashtra, India. It is just at the 28 km distance from the Nashik city.
To be precise it is located at the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. The Godavari River, which is considered sacred within Hinduism, originates from Bramhagiri mountains and meets the sea near Rajahmudry. Kusavarta, a kund is considered the symbolic origin of the river Godavari, and revered by Hindus as a sacred bathing place. The current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao (a.k.a Nanasaheb). The temple is a perfect epitome of classic architecture.
People visit Trimbakeshwar with the great veneration because Trimbakeshwar is one of the twelve Jyotirlingaas. People visit Trimbakeshwar to vanish some of the life doshas like Pitru dosha or Narayan Nagbali. Some devotees come here to do Mahamrityunjay Jaap/Anushthan for the fast recovery from illness, during or after surgery and also for some meditation, massage, etc. Mahamrityunjay Mantra is the most powerful mantra among all the Sanskrit mantras.
Amidst the hustling and bustling market of the town, the shikhara of the Trimbakeshwar Temple rises above and witnesses lakhs of devotees every year. Kusavarta or a kund which is the source of River Godavari adds to the sanctity of the temple.The fascinating feature of the Jyotirlinga is its three faces symbolizing Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. The fecund mountains clad in rich vegetation with cascades falling, encloses the town and makes it even more serene and bewitching. Just outside the temple, you can find hot and crisp bhuttas or corns that will satiate your cravings for delectable snacks.
The Trimbak town is like a heaven on earth. You will not be able to resist soaking yourself in the holiness and purity of the place which washes away all your regrets and sins. A trip to this sacred place will make you taste freedom, wisdom and spirituality. For some soul-searching, you should head out to Trimbak.
Here is best way to go to Triambakeshwar from Mumbai.
Train: No direct train is available from Mumbai to Trimbakeshwar. However, you can take a direct train from Mumbai to Nasik, which takes 4 hours. Nasik is located at a distance of 31 km from the Trimbakeshwar city centre and can be reached by taking cabs, buses and taxis. Not recommended as the journey is tiring and time consuming.
12859 - Gitanjali Express: Departs at 6:00 AM from Mumbai CST will reach Nashik Road station around 9.30 AM.
Now from here you have 3 ways to go to Triambakeshwar:
After reaching at Nashik Road station you can simply take a way out of station and you will see Bus Depot in front of you, From here you will get Bus for Trimbakeshwar. But frequency is low from here.
Beside Bus Depot, you will find Taxi Stand, From their you can get shared taxi to go to Triambakeshwar.
Else take local Bus to go to CBS (Central Bus Stand) of Nashik City. From their you will get bus for Triambakeshwar by every 5 minutes.
It will take an hour and half to you reach Triambakeshwar from any of these three ways.
Bus: Take a direct bus for Trimbakeshwar from Mumbai (MSRTC/Shivshahi from Mumbai Central Bus Depot), which takes about 6 hours. The bus station at Trimbakeshwar is located at a distance of 25 kms from the city center that can be travelled by buses, cabs and autos. Ideal for individual travellers and backpackers.
Car: If comfort is your priority, if it's a group travel while travelling with families, seniors and kids go for a by car. Trimbakeshwar is well-connected to Mumbai by roadways it will take around 3/4 hours. The most preferred route is NH3, Mumbai Agra highway. The road well constructed. Ideal route - Mumbai-Thane-Bhiwandi-Shahapur- Kasara-Igatpuri-Nasik-Trimbakeshwar. Several ATMs, petrol pumps, hotels, restaurants and banks are located on the route. (There are simultaneous routes from Igatpuri and Jawhar. Roads from these routes may not be promising however if you are travelling in daylight in monsoon, take either of the alternative. They are beautiful.)
Since it's a holy place, it's respectful to cover your knees and your shoulders. You should not wear sleeveless or too short cloth. As long as you are not too revealing it's ok. There are many area inside the temple which are no photography zone please follow it.
For public timing is from 5:30AM to 9:00PM.
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 6:00 AM
To avoid waiting in the queue, you can go for Paid Pass Entry. It will cost you INR 200 per person.
Do It My Way
Leave from Mumbai by car on Friday evening around 7:00PM, you will reach around 11:00PM.
You will be able to find pocket friendly accommodation around the temple. If you want to spend your weekend, my suggestion stay at SUMA Adventure & Resort - A heaven surrounded by a beautiful river front view and a scenery to cherish your morning, afternoon, evening and moonlight. Its 11 kms away from Trimbakeshwar Temple by car it will take you around 15 minutes to reach from Hotel.
Experience a day filled with unlimited fun and thrill at this one of a kind adventure resort with all kinds of amazing activities like zorbing, high rope bridge challenge, reverse bungee, ziplining, go karting and so much more.
Check Out have a lunch and leave for temple, if your not planning to go for any other near by attraction.
By Evening around 7:00PM start your way back to Mumbai.
Near By Attraction
Gorakhnath Gufa, Trimbakeshwar: Gorakhnath Gufa is the renowned fissure or cave and is located at the ascending side of the Brahmagiri Hills. The cave has beautiful carvings. Many people offer their prayer at this cave to get free from the sins. The location of the Gorakhnath Gufa is near to the Goddess Ganga’s temple.
Brahmagiri Hill, Trimbakeshwar: Located at the trambak, Brahmagiri Hill is one of the greatest attractions to the trimbakeshwar visitors. At the hill, Kumbhmela is held after every 12 years. The place is ideal for tracking as well in the monsoon. You will find beautiful waterfalls and eye-catching luxuriant greeneries as well; at the hills.
Kedareshwar Temple, Trimbakeshwar: The temple is dedicated to the Lord Kedareshwar Mahadeva. The temple is located in the pictorial locale of Kushavarta. The temple and the cave are built and structured in a traditional way.
Neel Parvat, Trimbakeshwar: Situated on the eastern elevation of the Brahmagiri hills and near to the main Trimbakeshwar temple, Neel Parvat is also one of the wonderful places to see near Trimbakeshwar. The Parvat is 300-350 steps to climb. You don’t have to take much effort to locate the place since it is very easy to locate. Vehicles are not allowed here. The scenery view is the main attraction of the Neel Parvat at the time of Sunset. When you climb up the Parvat, you get to see the whole Trimbakeshwar from the top. It gives you an amazing feeling.
Ram Laxman Tirtha: Ram Laxman Tirtha is located just a few steps down the Gorakhnath Gufa. It is believed that Lord Ram spent a few days at this tirtha to do some veneration or shraddha for his father Maharaj Dashrath. The place has the temple of Lord Ram.
Festivals at Trimbakeshwar Temple
Some of the holiest and exciting festivals held in Trimbakeshwar Temple are-
The Kumbh Mela: It is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Held once in every 12 years, millions of pilgrims gather to take a dip in the Godavari. It was last held in the year 2015.
Mahashivaratri: Held in February or March, this is considered as the auspicious day on which Lord Shiva got married to Parvati. Devotees keep fast and sing bhajans throughout the day.
Tripuri Purnima: This festival takes place in the month of Karthik which is November or December. It is celebrated because Lord Shiva destroyed three demon cities which are known as Tripura.
Rath Poornima: Held in January-February, in the festival, the Panchamukhi Idol of Lord Trimbakeshwar is placed in a rath and then is taken around the town.
Best Time To Visit Trimbakeshwar
The best time to visit the Trimbakeshwar Temple is October to March since the winters are mild. This is the peak season for travellers. Prices are also high during this time and you might find the temple very crowded. However, if you have a low budget, the monsoon season is suitable for you which starts in July and ends in September.
You should head out to the temple early in the morning. It tends to get more crowded after 10:00 AM. Also, you can visit the temple on Monday since the crown of the Lord is taken out in a possession between 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Trimbakeshwar is considered as one of the powerful places of Lord Shiva and hence people visit the temple in a large number every year.