Significance of Tryambuli Devi Temple
This temple enshrines the idol of Tryambuli Devi. People believe that the idol was self-created. It has four hands and is made of black stone. The idol is positioned with its back turned to the Mahalakshmi Mandir. The goddess is also called 'Trayamali'. A beautiful statue of Shivaji Maharaj can be seen in the temple premises. There is also a Yama Mandir. There used to be a tank named 'tarka teertha' (spelt as tirtha) near the temple, which is available in parts now, and is called 'Takala'. In every Asadha, the religious festival of pouring water on the staircase of the mandir is celebrated as a gala occasion.
Mythological Story of Tryambuli Devi Temple
Tryambuli Devi Temple is associated with many mythological stories. As per one of the important stories, in ancient times, Kamaksha comes to conquer this city. Kamaksha was the son of king Kolasur who had obtained the Yogadanda learning. Mahalaxmi sends her younger sister, Tryambuli to defeat him. As instructed, Tryambuli defeats him and takes away his Yogadanda. Then Mahalaxmi celebrates the victory, but forgets to invite Tryamboli. This hurts her and so she turns her back to Mahalaxmi. When Mahalaxmi discovers this, she herself goes to her to pacify her anger. So Tryambuli commands Mahalaxmi to visit her on every Panchami day. Locals believe that even today, Mahalaxmi pays her sister a visit.
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