About: Renuka Devi (Chandwad) – Having External Divine Power

About: Renuka Devi (Chandwad) – Having External Divine Power

रेणुका देवी एक पवित्र स्थान है जो मुंबईआगरा राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग संख्या 3 पर स्थित है गुफाओं पर जो 1.5 कि.मी. दूर है चांदवड़, जिला नासिक महाराष्ट्र राज्य में । इसे आत्म जागृत देवीस्थान (बाहरी दैवीय शक्ति वाला स्थान) माना जाता है और यह 3 1/2 पीठों में से आधा पीठ है जिसे हिंदू समुदाय द्वारा स्वीकार किया जाता है।

परशुराम ने अपने पिता जमदग्नि ऋषि के आदेशानुसार अपनी माता का सिर काट दिया था और वह सिर चांदवड़ में है और उनकी माता का शेष माहुर, तालुका किनवट, जिला नांदेड़ में है। रेणुका माता को “राजराजेश्वरी” और “कुलस्वामिनी” के नाम से जाना जाता है। देवी रेणुका भक्तों को आशीर्वाद देती हैं और भक्तों के प्रसाद का उत्तर देती हैं। कई भक्तों ने रेणुका देवी की दिव्यता का अनुभव किया है। वे अब भी रेणुका देवी की दिव्यता में दृढ़ विश्वास रखते हैं। वे अब भी रेणुका देवी की दिव्य शक्तियों में दृढ़ विश्वास रखते हैं। पूरे महाराष्ट्र से कई भक्त पूजा के लिए रेणुका देवी आते हैं और रेणुका माता के अनुकूल आशीर्वाद के साथ लौटते हैं।

नवरात्र व्रत और चैत्र पूर्णिमा के दौरान, चांदवड़ में यात्रा का आयोजन किया जाता है। असंख्य पुरुषों और महिलाओं द्वारा “घटी” “पालखी ” और  “नवचंडी-होमहवन ” की परंपरा का पालन किया जाता है। “श्री की पालकी” की परंपरा का पालन हर दिन नवरात्रि और प्रत्येक पूर्णिमा में किया जाता है।

प्राचीन रेणुका मंदिर का पुनर्निर्माण 1735 और 1795 के बीच अहिल्यादेवी होल्कर द्वारा किया गया था। उन्होंने रेणुका माता के अलंकारों और पूजा साहित्य को लेकर “मेनगेट, “दीपमाल, सीढ़ियाँ”, तीर्थ-तालाव का निर्माण किया था। उन्होंने पलाखी द्वारा अपने महल-रंगमहल से मंदिर तक भूमिगत मार्ग का उपयोग करके रेणुका देवी की प्रार्थना की। होल्कर राजवंश ने इस परंपरा का पालन किया। अब ये पूर्णिमा और हर दिन नवरात्रि पर मनाया जाता है। अहिल्यादेवी ने ऐतिहासिक और नक्काशी कार्य का उपयोग करते हुए “होलकरवाड़ा” का निर्माण किया।

(English to Hindi Translation by Google Translate)

Brahmagiri Hill – The Origin of the Holy River Godavari

Brahmagiri Hill – The Origin of the Holy River Godavari

750 approx. stairs from Trimbak or a motorable path? The choice is yours. We selected the latter. 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 Gorakshanath 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)

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

1. Matseyanandrnath 2. Gorakshanath 3. Kanifnath 4. Nivruttinath

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 Kumbh 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, Nashik 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 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 hair.

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.

About: Sant Shree Nivruttinath Maharaj – Founder of the Warkari Sampradaya

About: Sant Shree Nivruttinath Maharaj – Founder of the Warkari Sampradaya

Sant Shree Nivruttinath Maharaj was born in the year AD 1273 (As per the Hindu Shaka calendar, the year 1195, Shrimukhsamvatsar, the month of Magh, Monday, 1st day of Vadya Paksha (waning moon)). He was an incarnation of Lord Shiva. His guru was Shri Gahininath. He met his guru while performing the Brahmagiri Pradakshina (Parikrama). The guru assigned him a task to make the traditional Vedic knowledge, which was in Sanskrit and the privilege of a few, to be available to the common man. So Shri Nivruttinath Maharaj ordered his disciple, Saint Shri Dnyaneshwar Maharaj to translate this philosophy into the Marathi language. Therefore Shri Nivruttinath Maharaj is considered the founder of the Warkari sampradaya. He took Sanjivan Samadhi at Trimbakeshwar, at the hands of Lord Panduranga and in the presence of great Saints like Saint Shri Namdev Maharaj. Shri Nivruttinath Maharaj took Samadhi in AD 1297 at the age of 24 (As per the Hindu Shaka calendar, the year 1219, the month of Jestha, the 12th day of Vadya Paksha(waning moon)).

Sant Shree Nivruttinath Maharaj – Attained Samadhi at the Age of 24 Years

Sant Shree Nivruttinath Maharaj – Attained Samadhi at the Age of 24 Years

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 District). 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 Dnyaneshwar Maharaj and the head of Warkari Sampradaya.

Within Maharashtra and a few nearby states, Warkari 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 the 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.

Mumbai to Trimbakeshwar via Charoti Naka – Distance and Driving Directions

Mumbai to Trimbakeshwar via Charoti Naka Distance is 182 km approx.

Dahisar, Mumbai > Shirsad Phata (30 km)

Shirsad Phata > Manor (35 km)

Manor > Charoti Naka turn right (22 km)

(Dahisar, Mumbai till Charoti Naka follow National Highway 8)

Charoti Naka right turn > Jawhar (46 km)

Jawhar > Trimbakeshwar (49 km)

Mumbai to Shri Saptshrungi Devi Temple via Charoti Naka – Distance by Road & Driving Directions

Mumbai to Shri Saptshrungi Devi Temple via Charoti Naka: 275 Kms approx.

Dahisar, Mumbai > Shirsad Phata (30 km)

Shirsad Phata > Manor (35 km)

Manor > Charoti Naka right-turn (22 km)

(Dahisar till Charoti Naka follow National Highway 8)

Charoti Naka right-turn > Jawhar (46 km)

Jawhar > Trimbakeshwar (49 km)

Trimbakeshwar > Anjaneri (5 km)

Anjaneri > Nashik (16 km)

Nasik > Trimbak Naka left-turn (5 km)

Trimbak Naka Left-turn > Ashok Stambh right-turn left-down (2 km)

Ashok Stambh right-turn left-down > Dindori Naka left-turn (2 km)

Dindori Naka left-turn > Vani (40 km)

Vani > Kalvan Saputara Chowk right-turn (1 km)

Kalvan Saputara Chowk right-turn > Shri Saptshrungi Devi Temple (22 km)

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