Jyotirlinga : Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga is ranked tenth among the 12 Jyotirlingas. To avoid cow slaughter, Trimbakeshwar Maharaj appeared after being pleased with the penance of Lord Gautam Rishi. This temple made of black stones is as beautiful to see as it has religious faith. Here feeding green fodder to the cow has special significance. Before entering the temple, after bathing in the Kushavarta pool, a palanquin of Lord Trimbekeshwar is taken out every Monday, which is taken to Kushavarta.
Gautam Rishi tied the Godavari in the kund
The Kushavarta kund located in the temple is believed to be the source of the Godavari river. It is believed that the Godavari river used to disappear from the Brahmagiri mountain time and again. To stop Godavari, Gautam Rishi tied Godavari in bondage with the help of a kusha. Since then there is always water in this pool. This kund is also called Kushavart Teerth. At the time of Kumbh, Shaiva-akharas take a royal bath in this pool.
Mythological belief that Maharishi Gautam, the husband of Goddess Ahilya lived on the Brahmagiri mountain. There were many such sages, who wanted to be humiliated by being jealous of Gautam. Once he accused the sage of killing a cow. Everyone suggested to bring Ganga there as atonement. Gautama started penance to Shiva. When Shiva and Parvati appeared pleased, Gautam Rishi prayed to send Ganga as a boon. Goddess Ganga consented to the presence of Shiva when he was there. Since then Brahma, Vishnu in the form of Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga and Shiva himself agreed to reside in the form of Linga. Fulfilling the promise, the river Ganga started flowing there in the form of Gautami. The name of river Gautami is also Godavari. The Godavari, which is called the Ganges of South India, has emerged from here. There are also three mountains near this Jyotirlinga, which are known as Brahmagiri, Nilgiri, and Ganga Dwar.