About 30 km from Nashik, the religious town of Trimbakeshwar is home to one of the most famous and unique jyotirlings of Lord Shiva. The official name of the town is Trimbak, but most people call it Trimbakeshwar, after the temple. A pond in the temple premises is a source of river Godavari. The peaceful atmosphere combined with a pleasant climate makes Trimbakeshwar an ideal for nature lovers and those looking for a spiritual getaway.
What sets the Trimbakeshwar temple apart is the jyotirlinga of Shiva that has three faces; they symbolize Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It is built entirely with black stones and has a spire topped with a golden trident. While the porch of the temple is decorated with carved pillars and arches, the walls are intricately sculpted with floral designs and figures of various Gods and Goddesses. It is said that the temple was built by the Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao.
The Simhasta Kumbh Mela is held once in 12 years in Trimbakeshwar. The Kumbh Mela is visited by millions of devotees who take a dip in the Godavari in order to wash away their sins. The annual festival of Shivratri is also celebrated in Trimbakeshwar with enthusiasm.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN TRIMBAKESHWAR
Trimbakeshwar has several budget and mid-range hotels along with lodges close to the temple. Most accommodation options range from Rs 500 to Rs 3500 per night. The town has a large number of Brahmin households which offer rooms for stay.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN TRIMBAKESHWAR
Most restaurants serve traditional Maharashtrian cuisine. Punjabi and south Indian cuisines are easily available too.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT TRIMBAKESHWAR
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Trimbakeshwar is as given below. The best time to visit Trimbakeshwar is also specified.