Chandwad to Lasalgaon – Distance and Driving Directions

Chandwad to Lasalgaon Distance is 28 Kms approx.

Renuka Devi Temple, Chandwad > Chandwad Chaubuli Chowk left-turn (2 km)

( Renuka Devi Temple till Chandwad Chaubuli Chowk follow National Highway 3 )

Chandwad Chaubuli Chowk left-turn > Lasalgaon (26 km)

( from Chandwad Chaubuli Chowk turn left leave NH 3. Drive for one km approx. and take a right-turn for Lasalgaon )

Lasalgaon is famous for Asia’s largest onion market. One may visit. The journey continues…

Brahmagiri Hill – The Origin of the Holy River Godavari

750 approx. stairs from Trimbak or a motor-able path? The choice is yours. We selected the later. The guide was present and I with queries and curiosity to know more about the holy river.

The King requested Hindu Mahadev Koli – The local Adivasi to build stairs for devotees that reach up to Brahmagiri Hill.

(Current days stairs are very helpful because the journey is long and upwards. More than 1-hour climbing)

Thanks to King and Adivasis.

As the walking journey progressed temple of Kolambikaparvati and Gorakshnath Cave is visible within the mountain but a visit while returning advisably – said the Guide.

(Parvati killed Kolasur – The demon and was known as Kolambikaparvati)

Machindranath was the Guru of Gorakshnath and a follower of Nath Sampradaya. Gorakshnath was the incarnation of Lord Shiva and is also known as ShivGoraksh.

1. Machindranath
2. Gorakshnath
3. Kanipnath
4. Nivritinath

They all were great saints – said the guide and we continue walking, climbing, and resting till we reach the final destination i.e., Godavari Janamsthan (origin) which is on top of Brahmagiri Hill.

The priest was present and the History of the Godavari River was as follows:

Three Gular/Umbar (Cluster Fig Tree) trees – Godavari River starts from the roots of the tree. No matter whether it is summer, winter, or rainy days Godavari flows uninterrupted and is visible-underground-visible at various holy places.

Brahmagiri Hill is the birthplace of the holy river Godavari. The river starts from the top of Bramhagiri Hill and disappears and appears at Gawmukh and again disappears and re-appearing at Ganga Dwar. After that, it appears again at Kushavarth Kund, Trimbakeshwar, where every 12 years Kumb Mela is organized and people bathe to remove sins.

Again disappearing and appearing again at Jyotirling – Trimbakeshwar temple and again disappearing and appearing at Panchwati, Nasik with two more rivers – Kapila and Ahilya and flowing towards Nanded, Rajahmundry, Hyderabad and finally within the Bay of Bengal.

Godavari River is also named as Gautami Godavari.

As we know Ganga resides within Lord Shiva’s matted hairs. Parvati – wife of Lord Shiva was not happy because of the same and she sent her son Lord Ganesha towards Bramhagiri Hill with a plan so that sin is done by Sage Gautam and to remove the sin he has to bath within Ganga and for that Ganga has to leave Lord Shiva.

Sage Gautam And his wife Ahilya used to stay within Bramhagiri hill. Lord Ganesha appeared as a cow and started eating all rice kept by the sage. This enraged sage. The cow was unintentionally killed by Gautam rishi (sage). Killing a cow is a big sin and is called ” Gohatya”. Narad muni suggested him to prepare 108 shivlings within Bramhagiri Hill and pray to Lord Shiva because the sin will be removed only by bathing within Ganga and Ganga resides within Lord Shiva’s hairs.

Sage Gautam And Ahilya followed the advice of Narad muni and worship Lord Shiva for 12 years – some say 1,000 years within Brahmhagiri hill. Lord Shiva was pleased and appear before them. Sage requested him to bring down Ganga as he has unknowingly done a sin and to remove the sin he has to bathe within Ganga. As Ganga was not ready to be away from Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva has to perform Tandav Dance to bring down Ganga from the matted hairs. Thus, Ganga appeared at Brahmagiri Hill. But she was not happy thus she disappears and reappears in a few places. Because Sage Gautam Ganga was present within Brahmagiri Hill she was known as the Gautami Godavari river.

Prayers!!!

And return journey and Kolambikaparvati and Gorakshnath Cave – A visit – another 200 approx. stairs.

Thanks to Guide and Priest for sharing history.

In short: Gautami Godavari JanamSthan, Brahmagiri Hills, Trimbak a must-visit holy hill. The journey continues…

Sant Shree Nivruttinath Maharaj Sanjeevan Samadhi

Very close to Trimbakeshwar temple and I was in conversation with Shree Jayant Maharaj Goswami – The priest. Upon the request he narrated the History of Sant Shree Nivruttinath Maharaj Sanjeevan Samadhi as follows:

Sant Shree Nivruttinath was born in Alandi, Pune. He was the disciple of Shree Gahininath. Brahmagiri hills – The location where they first met each other. It is said and believed Sant Shree Nivruttinath is the Avatar (incarnation) of Lord Shankar. He was the elder brother and Guru of Shree Gyaneshwar Maharaj and the head of Varkari sampradaya.

Within Maharashtra and a few nearby states, Varkari sampradaya is present and is deeply associated with spirituality.

700 plus years in the year 1219 as per Hindu Calendar Sant Shree Nivruttinath had Samadhi at the age of 24 years. Thus, the Samadhi is called Sanjeevan Samadhi i.e., as per wishes to quit life. 7 days before the start of summer ladies rub sandalwood within the temple area and paste is applied at Samadhi during afternoon hours said to be the starting day of summer. At night the paste is distributed among devotees as Prasad.

Prayers within. Thanks to the priest for sharing knowledge about a great Saint. The journey continues…

Jai Vilas Palace

Jai Vilas Palace is situated at Jawhar in the Palghar district of Maharashtra.

Suraj – The caretaker and I walking. Upon request, he narrated the History of Jai Vilas Palace.

Raja (king) Shri Yashwant Rao Mukne (son of Patang Shah Mukne and Kamla Bai) built Jai Vilas Palace here at Jawhar having 30 large-size rooms in the year 1940. The King was a trained pilot and was deeply interested in paintings. Beautiful paintings hanging within the palace were drawn by him. Old chandeliers, Telescope, a Piano, a dressing table, and lavish double bed were part of King’s lifestyle. Impala – The King’s car photograph displayed. Cannon Gun/s are present at the entrance below the portico. Jamuna bai was King’s wife and had one son. Modern-day bathroom, toy room within the palace specially made for the son. Cashew nut trees are grown all around the palace within 500 acres of land. March, April, and May are the cashew nut season. Mahindra Singh Mukne grandson of the King stays in Pune but visits the palace regularly.

And a walk within the cashew nut garden.

1. Flower

2. Fruit

3. Seed

– cashew-nut tree products.

What we eat is seed i.e., cashew-nut.

A new knowledge. And yes, thanks for the tour, Suraj – said I. The journey continues…