From Nasik, you can make an interesting day-trip to the highly auspicious village of Trimbak, from which a steep climb takes you to Brahmagiri, the source of the Godavari. Crouched in the shadow of the Western Ghats, 28km west of Nasik, the village – whose name literally means “Three-Eyed”, another name for Lord Shiva, in Marathi – marks the spot where one of the four infamous drops of immortality-giving amrit nectar fell to earth from the kumbh vessel during the struggle between Vishnu’s vehicle Garuda and the Demons – the mythological origin of the Kumbh Mela.

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