Trayambakeshwar Jyotir Lingam, Nasik, Maharashtra
Trayambakeshwar Jyotir Lingam in Nasik, Maharashtra is one of the 12 principal seats of Lord Shiva in India. Out of thousands of Shiva temples these 12 'Jyotir' or Self effulgent Lingams (lit from within) occupy a class of their own as the greatest, most celebrated & most powerful centres of Shiva's energy in the world. The lingams (murthis or idols) in these temples are all 'swambhu' or self created - not man made. Some hold Trayambakeshwar to be the first Jyotir Lingam. It is one of the 5 amrit sthanams or most sacred places in India; Kumbha Mela is held here.
It is also mentioned in the Vedic literature. Yagyas and pujas have been performed here for thousands of years. More important, the experience of Lord Shiva's presence or darshan in these temples is unparalleled. For this reason millions of devotees come from far and wide each year to bathe in that experience of wholeness and peace which surpasses the understanding. As a result of this densely saturated atmosphere, yagyas performed here deliver profound, long lasting benefits. Deep rooted stresses/karmas are washed away & life long burdens are lifted.