By Swami Harshananda
Tryambakeśvara literally means ‘the Lord with three eyes’.
Significance of Tryambakeśvara
This is a well-known place of pilgrimage in the Maharashtra State. It is 29 kms. from the city of Nāsik. Here the Godāvarī river takes its birth in the Brahmagiri hills. The temple of Lord Śiva known as Tryambakeśvara is situated in the midst of three mountains Brahmagiri, Nīlagiri and Kālagiri.
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Tīrthas near Tryambakeśvara
The place abounds in tīrthas like:
There are also several temples and shrines dedicated to:
- Gaṅgā devi
On the Kālagiri there is a place containing 108 Śivaliṅgas. Several maṭhas or monasteries and samādhis also abound in this area.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore