Very close to Trimbakeshwar temple and I in conversation with Shree Jayant Maharaj Goswami – The priest. Upon request he narrated the History as follows:
Sant Shree Nivruttinath was born at 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 sampraday.
Within Maharashtra and few nearby states Varkari sampraday 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 within devotees as Prasad.
Prayers within. Thanks to priest for sharing knowledge about a great Saint.