Trilochaneshwar Temple, Varanasi
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Trilochan Ling finds mention in Kashi Khand as Trivishtabh Ling. In the south of Trilochan, three holy rivers Yamuna, Saraswati and Narmada joined together once. It is believed that these three rivers themselves performed abhishek of Trilochan Ling (Kashi Khand, Chapter 75).
While Omkareshwar Ling attained prime importance among all Lings in Kashi, the importance of darshan of Trilochan Ling is given more prominence. Trilochan is a Swayambhu Ling and it is stated in Kashi Khand that the Ling came to the earth from seven Patal Lokas, piercing each and every layer.
Let alone having darshan, even uttering the word of Trilochan by mouth will cleanse the devotee of his sins. A person knowingly or unknowingly committing sins in any place, finds mukti in Kashi and a person committing a similar sin in Kashi finds mukti by eulogizing (praising) Trilochan Ling. (Kashi Khand, ibid).
The three rivers mentioned above join together in a Teerth called Pilpila Teerth. It is believed that taking a bath in Pilpila Teerth and having darshan of Trilochan is considered very auspicious.
Performing pooja/archana of Trilochan on all Ashtami and Chaturdashi days are auspicious. In Vaishaka Month (April 20-May 20) Shukla Paksha Tritheeya (third day after Amavasya), also known as Akshay Tritheeya is a very very auspicious day and people who observe vrath (fast) on that day and perform Shraadh Karma (rituals towards their forefathers) attain high level of enlightenment and obtain blessings of their ancestors and Gods.
If all the Shiv Lings in the world are visualised as a human being (personified), Trilochan Ling is the Eye of the Personified structure. Local pundits believe that Trilochan Ling is the third eye of Vishweshwar Ling.
In Kashi Khand, besides Pilpila Teerth, there is mention of Padodak Koop (well). This Koop is still existing in the temple premises. Pilpila Teerth is existing in the form of Pilpila Koop very near to Trilochan temple. While the Padodak well has been kept covered, there is a pump attached to the well, with the help of which water is drawn
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Trilochaneshwar Temple is located at A-2/80, Trilochan Ghat. The temple is approachable from Birla Hospital after Machhodari upto which place, devotees can travel by Auto or Cycle Rickshaw. Alternatively, they can have a boat ride upto Trilochan Ghat and climb the steps. This temple also houses Varanasi Devi which finds mention in Kashi Khand, Chapter 33.