750 approx. stairs from Trimbak or a motor-able path? Choice is yours. We selected the later. 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 reaches 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 walkingÂ journey progress temple of Kolambikaparvati and Gorakshnath Cave visible within the mountain but a visit while returning advisable – said the Guide.
( Parvati killed Kolasur – The demon and was known as Kolambikaparvati )
Machindranath was the Guru of Gorakshnath and follower of Nath Sampraday. Gorakshnath was incarnation of Lord Shiva and is also known as ShivGoraksh.
They all were great saints – said the guide and we continue walking, climbing, resting till we reach the final destination i.e., Godavari Janamsthan (origin) which is on top of Brahmagiri Hill.
Priest was present and the History ofÂ Godavari river as follows:
Three Gular/Umbar (Cluster Fig Tree) trees – Godavari river starts from the roots of the tree. No matter it is summer, winter, rainy days Godavari flows uninterrupted and is visible-underground-visible at various holy places.
Brahmagiri Hill is the birth place of holy river Godavari. The river starts from the top of Bramhagiri Hill and disappear and appear at Gawmukh and again disappearing 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 bath 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 Bay of Bengal.
Godavari river is also named as Gautami Godavari.
As we know Ganga resides within Lord Shiva 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 Lord Shiva because the sin will be removed only by bathing within Ganga and Ganga resides within Lord Shiva hairs.
Sage Gautam And Ahilya followed the advice of Narad muni and worship Lord Shiva for 12 years – some say 1000 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 bath 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 disappear and re-appear within few places. Because Sage Gautam Ganga was present within Brahmagiri Hill she was known as Gautami Godavari river.
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.