Description of the Trimbakeshwar Temple
The Sanctum has "3 lingas", of the size of a thumb, identified as Lords Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. They are placed in a square space, positioned at the three corners of a triangle. There is a huge mirror placed over the "lings", so that the devotees can get a clear view of the lings. The lings, are always submerged in the waters of the river Godavari naturally.
Legend behind the Trimbakeshwar TempleLong time ago Gautama rishi, along with his wife Ahilaya used to stay here. They started a penance to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva being pleased with them gave them a boom, that the river Godavari will spring up from there and that he ( Lord Shiva ) will reside at that place forever for the benefit of mankind.
Significance of Trimbakeshwar TempleThis is the only temple where "Pitrudosha" (fore father’s sins ) and "Karlsarpa dosha" ( horoscopic curse – resulting in failures) are removed by performing of the, karlsarpa shanti puja, Naryan Nagbalipuja and the Tripindi shraadha.
The Kushavarta Water TankKushavarta water tank, is from where the river Godavari takes course. This pond was created by the Pandavas. The water from the river Godavari, comes from the Brahagiri mountain and gets stored here and from here, the river goes towards the main Trimbakeshwar temple.
Bathing in this pond, removes all sins and during the "Kumbh mela", many Sadhus take a dip here, and also the devotees,who perform the "Naryan Nagbali shradha puja", for their ancestors are also allowed to take a dip in this pond. The whole pond is surrounded by a lot of shivlingas and idols of different gods in different avatars.