Nasik... one of the holiest cities of India...!! Proximate to many religious sites and temples, and a long tryst with India's sacred past, has made Nasik one of the most religious places in India. About 36 km from Nasik, the village of Trimbak is famous for the Trimbakeshwar temple and as the source of the Godavari River. Trimbakeshwar is considered to be one of the most famous and unique of the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Shiva.
Brahmagiri is a mountain adjacent to Trimbakeshwar and is the source from where the sacred and one of the longest rivers, Godavari originates. The hill is located at about 1,295m above sea level and is 550m high. Brahmagiri literally means the "Giri (hill) of Lord Brahma. The Brahmagiri hills are mentioned in manyy legendary and mythological documents. As per myth, a cow was unintentionally killed by Saint Gautam while trying to ward it off. Saint Gautam lived here with his wife Ahilya. To wash his sins, he worshipped Lord Shiva to bring river Ganga on earth from the heaven. Pleased with Sage Gautam's devotion, Lord Shiva requested Ganga river to flow down in the form of Godavari to make Sage Gautam pure. Hence, the river is also known as River Gautami.
The Brahmagiri hill is believed to be the form of Lord Shiva and therefore, climbing it was considered as a sin. However, in 1908, 500 steps of stone were built, making it more accessible. The holy Godavari River flows in three directions on the Brahmagiri Mountain. The stream that flows towards east is called 'Godavari', towards the west is called 'Chakra Teerth' and the stream flowing towards the south is called 'Vaitarna'. On the top of the Brahmagiri hill, you can see the temples of Shiv and Godavari. There is also a Jata temple located over here. The five peaks of Brahmagiri are called "Vamdev", "Sadyo-Jata", "Tat-Purusha", "Ishana" and "Aghora" which are considered as five mouths of the Lord Shiva.
A 10 minutes walk from Trimbakeshwar towards Brahmagiri brings you to a signboard that indicates the presence of wild animals and warning regarding the same. Then, the gradual ascent brings you to the base of Brahmagiri massif. To the right side, you can see the whole Anjaneri expanse as well as the pinnacle of Dangya on the extreme right. The route winds up and the rock steps following through the gully in the belly of Brahmagiri massif awaits you. An easy climb over these brings you to the wonderful stone carved entrance of Brahmagiri. The steps lead you to the top of the plateau. It takes around 2 hours to reach the top of the Brahmagiri from Trimbakeshwar.
The high terrains of Brahmagiri offer various adventurous sports like trek and nature walk. It has many trekking trails among the woods. The Brahmagiri hills are replete with natural beauty. The panorama of Brahmagiri hill is an eye treat. The place is memorable due to its picturesque hills and cool breeze. A visit to Nasik is incomplete without a visit to Brahmagiri Hill...!!