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Story of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple Of Shiva - Trimbakeshwar Story

Trimbakeshwar is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples in India. The 12 shrines are dedicated to Shiva. Story of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is associated with Sage Gautama.

Legend has it that Gautama Rishi, one of the Sapta Rishis, was living with his wife Ahalya on the Brahmagiri Mountain in the Sahyadri hills. Once there was a famine here for 24 years in the region.

Rishi Gautama then propitiated Varuna, who blessed him with pit with an unlimited supply of water at Trimbakeshwar.

Trimbakeshwar Story

With the water, Gautama Rishi was able to grow grains and vegetables. He thus fed other sages and people of the region. The people of the entire region considered the Sage to be the holiest. This resulted in jealousy and some Rishis of a neighboring region decided to disgrace the Sage.

One day they set loose a cow in field of the Sage. The Sage tried to drive away the cow using holy Dharba grass. The cow suddenly died and the Rishis from the neighboring region accused Sage Gautama of killing the cow.

To get rid of the accusation and sin of killing a cow, Sage Gautama performed intense austerities to please Shiva. After several years, Shiva appeared before Sage Gautama and said that he will release Ganga in his field and he can bathe in the river to get rid of the sin.

Shiva thus released Ganga at Trimbakeshwar. Gautama Rishi stopped Ganga at Kushavarta Tirtha and took a dip in it. Thus he was relieved of the sin of killing the cow. It is from this Tirtha that Godavari River rises.

Shiva was pleased with the penance of Rishi Gautama and gave him the boon that he will reside at Trimbakeshwar as a Jyotirlinga.