We started our journey to Maharashtra from Chennai, by catching flight to Pune from Chennai on 08-05-2019 night by 11.55. We reached Pune airport by 1.30 AM. The taxi booked by us was waiting for us in Pune airport. It took 4 hours by road to reach Shirdi. Since we have booked room there in Dwaravathi, we reached there straightaway.
Actually we booked one AC room for the first day ie from 4 PM of 8th to next day evening. Since we reached the room by 6 AM on 9th May, we had little time for refreshing. We had bath quickly and started to walk for darshan. It took about 10 minutes to reach the temple. Since, we missed Kakda darshan due to cancellation of flight, we were given special darshan. The special darshan queue joined the darma darshan queue within 5 minutes. Since, it was a thursday, there was heavy rush. But, we could have the drshan of Baba for a minute.
With peace of mind, we came outside the temple to have tiffin. The tiffin in Maharashtra was OK for us but lunch was not at all suitable. We somehow managed for 3 days. We came to room and immediately started for Thriambakeshwar. It was a big and old Shiva temple. Considered as the holiest temple of India, the Trimbakeshwar Temple houses one of the most important twelve Jyotirlingas, a form of Lord Shiva. Perched on the foot of Brahmagiri Hills, the temple is situated in the pious city of Trimbak in the Nasik district which finds its mention in the powerful Mrityunjaya Mantra that bestows immortality and longevity. Built in the 18th century by Maratha ruler, Peshwa Nana Saheb, the temple is a perfect epitome of classic architecture. The sacred river Godhavari originates near Trimbak. There is a kunda in temple premises that is considered to be the source of river Godhavari. Amidst the hustling and bustling market of the town, the shikhara of the Trimbakeshwar Temple rises above and witnesses lakhs of devotees every year. The fascinating feature of the Jyotirlinga is its three faces symbolizing Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra. The Trimbak town is like a heaven on earth. We will not be able to resist soaking ourselves in the holiness and purity of the place which washes away all our regrets and sins. A trip to this sacred place will make us taste freedom, wisdom and spirituality.
From Thriambakeshwar, we started our journey to Panchavadi by car. I will continue my narration in my next blog.