IMMORTALITY , ATONEMENT , THE ORIGIN OF A RIVER and MORE : TRYMBAKESHWAR JYOTIRLING

As mentioned before the Sinhasta Kumbh takes place at two places. We have already been to Ram Kund at Nashik. The second part takes place at the Kushavarta Kund in Trymbakehwar.( 30 kms from Nashik) .

Trymbakeshwar is nestled in the  Sahydiri Hills  on the  Brahmagiri mountain.The names of the hills  and the region are a fountainhead of numerous mythical tales.

Anjaneri hills, birthplace of Lord Hanuman
Anjaneri hills, birthplace of Lord Hanuman

The hills of the Western ghats  are the catchment area for the rivers Krishna and Godavri .

The revered river Godavri ( also called the Ganges of the south) originates from the Brahmgiri hills, trickles into the Kushvarta Kund , goes onto the Ram Kund and then joins the sea in the Bay of bengal.

approaching the epicentre
Approaching Trymbakeshwar

Trymbakeshwar is  one of the twelve Jyotirlings, of which I will write in detail later.Have written on a few Jyotirlings before as well.Have personally been to Eight of the twelve.

first glimpse
first glimpse

It reads JYOTIRLING: SHRI TRYMBAKESHWAR TEMPLE . We had been forewarned of a waiting period extending to several hours before you could enter the main temple.

However the Lord himself had cleared the path and we were inside the sanctum sanctorum within a few minutes. It’s a gorgeous temple with antiquity written on every stone.

the main entrance
the main entrance

A wall painting spotted outside a wall adjoining the temple depicts Lord Shiva.

No beginning no end Lord Shiva
No beginning no end Lord Shiva

Nature is an intrinsic part of Hindu mythology and folklore. Trees and animals are protected by the hand of God.

The location of ancient temples like Trymbakeshwar in catchment areas ensures the survival of rivers as well. Ancient folklore and myth entwined with religion are a guarantee that the environment is protected.

The area has the highest precipitation in the region  and it was pouring on the day we went as well. Do observe the pictures well and you will see the clouds had descended to ground level.

trees
trees
the town
the town
sadhus
sadhus

An intrinsic part of a Kumbh is the process of taking a dip in the holy waters.

You hold your nose and squat  ensuring  the water covers your head. This is the process of Atonement or cleansing the sins of the past.

Kushavarta, Origin of the river Godavri
Kushavarta, Origin of the river Godavri

Lord Shiva is represented in the form of a Shivling. Milk and water is poured on the Shivling in a process called Abhishek or coronation.

abhishek
Rudra Abhishek

The Kushvarta pond is surrounded on three sides by these halls you see in the picture which have the most amazing statues of the Hindu pantheon of Gods.

prayers
Prayers being offered by a couple

The Peshwas , the rulers of the region, had these aesthetically designed temples and halls constructed  600 years ago, which are used to date

a corner
a corner of the halls that surround Kushvarta

It is possible you miss this statue of Lord Vishnu , it is from here where the River Godavri originates.

river godavri
Origin of the river Godavri

I was lucky to witness this amazing sight as well.The cow is licking the statue.Have never seen such a sight in 51 years of my life.

lord krishna and a cow
lord krishna and a cow

The author in traditional attire getting a ‘tilak’ on the forehead.

tikka
” Shiva tilak”

I am aware have used a large number of words and names which make the head of many spin. Relax, email me if you want to know more or simply enjoy the scenic beauty of TRYMBAKESHWAR.

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