One of the holy places of not only Maharashtra but the whole India is near Nashik, Tryambakeshwar. Tryambakeshwar is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. The following verse shall explain the importance of this sacred place and the next one gives names of the Twelve Jyotirlingas in India.
Sinhastha Mahatmya speaks of Lord Rama having made the Yatra at Trimbakeshwar. A shraddha on the river Godavari gives great satisfaction to the forefathers. If it is not done in this place, it is considered as a religious sin.
So, Ganga Pujan, Ganga Bhet, Deh Shuddhi Prayaschitta. Tarpan Shradha, Vayan, Dasha Dana, Gopradan etc. Rituals are done in Tryambakeshwar. Mundana and Tirtha Shraddha are also performed here.
Kushavarta is called as Teertha raj, since it has six corners. After finishing the tirtha-yatra at Kushavarta, a pilgrim should proceed by the northern bank of Godavari and visit Nilsangameshwar, Vivah Vinayak, Satya Narayan, Dhaneshwar Mahadev, Tarangeshwar, Setupaleshwar etc.
The Lord Shiva at Tryambakeshwar is worshipped by recitations of Rudra, Rudri, Laghu Rudra, Maha Rudra or Ati Rudra puja. Actually, Rudrashak is a religious fruit which is said to be found in lord Shiva’s neck in the form of Rudra garland. Some of the trees of Rudrashak is also found in Tryambakeshwar. For more details read Rudraksha Mahima
“सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च श्रीशैले मल्लिकार्जुनम्। उज्जयिन्यां महाकालमोङ्कारममलेश्वरम्॥
परल्यां वैद्यनाथं च डाकिन्यां भीमशङ्करम्। सेतुबन्धे तु रामेशं नागेशं दारुकावने॥
वाराणस्यां तु विश्वेशं त्र्यम्बकं गौतमीतटे। हिमालये तु केदारं घुश्मेशं च शिवालये॥
एतानि ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि सायं प्रातः पठेन्नरः। सप्तजन्मकृतं पापं स्मरणेन विनश्यति॥
एतेशां दर्शनादेव पातकं नैव तिष्ठति। कर्मक्षयो भवेत्तस्य यस्य तुष्टो महेश्वराः॥
द्वादश ज्योतिर्लिंग स्तोत्रम्!”
This says that anybody who visits Tryambakeshwar attains salvation. There is no sacred place like Tryambakeshwar, no river like Godavari, no mountain like Brahmagiri etc.
The reasons for its being so sacred are – Godavari river originates in this place, it’s a place of Tri-Sandhya Gayatri, the birth place of Lord Ganesha, a place of the first Nath of Nath Sampradaya consisting of Gorakhnath and others, a place where Nivrittinath was made to imbibe the holy knowledge by his Guru Gahininath, a place where Nivrittinath made his brothers and sister attain the self by his preaching.
This is the holiest place to perform Shraddha ceremony. Nirnaya Sindhu – a religious book of Hindus, mentions that this place, where Sahyadri mountain and Godavari river exist is very purifying on the whole earth and is therefore very important for performing Shraddha ceremony.
1. Tryambakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple :
Unique among all the Shiva temple and Jyotirlingas in its appearance, the temple has a hole in place of Lingam inside which three 'pindis' (stone representing Gods) could be seen, one for each of the Holy Trinity- Creator Brahma, Operator Vishnu and Destroyer Shiva. Carved in black stone, temple unconsciously inspires devotion.
2. Kushavarta :
The place is among some of the picturesque regions near Nashik decorated with greenery on mountains due to river. The temple of Kedareshwar is another interest that people come for while in Trimbak. The nearby destinations of Kanchan and Kanakhala Tirth are believed to be making the bones of the dead disappear.
3. Gorakhnath Gufa :
The place is believed to be the one where Guru Gorakhnath meditates for Ganges to appear. If other versions of the stories are to be believed, Rishi Gautama was the person to meditate tough, enough to please Lord Shiva. The Shrine to Goddess Ganga is located here itself, in Brahmagiri Hills.
By Air :
The nearest airport is located in Mumbai (200 Km) from regular taxi services ply to Tryambakeshwar.
By Train :
Just 28 Km away is Nashik Railway station that connects the holy city from rest of the country through major cities and town.
By Road :
Bus service from Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune etc are available, else travellers are free to opt to hire car or taxi according to their preference.