It is well known for the water dams,rugged mountain ranges with large number of forts. Nashik district has 15582 sq. kms geographical area with fifteen talukas as sub administration units, two municipal corporations viz Nashik and Malegaon , One cantonment Board- Deolali. Nashik which is its district Head Quarter is one of the oldest and deeply religious cities of India. Origin of the word Nashik has two interesting features. As one of the story goes in Ramayana, this is the place where Lakshman is said to have cut-off the nose (nasika) of Shurpanakha- sister of Ravana. The other relates to the geographical feature of the town, which is situated on the nine hills of navashikhara (Durga, Ganesh, Chitraghanta, Pandav, DingerAli, Mhasarul, Jogwada, Pathanpura and Konkani).
Nashik was known as ‘Trikantak’ in Kritayuga, as ‘Janasthana’ in Dwaparyuga and later in Kaliyuga it became ‘Navashikh’ or ‘Nashik’. Renowned poets like Valmiki, Kalidas and Bhavabhooti have paid rich tributes to Nashik through their literature. Nashik is believed to be one of the country’s largest market place in 150 B.C. From 1487 A.D., this province came under the rule of Mughals and was then known as ‘Gulshanabad’. It was also home of Emperor Akbar for some period and he has written at length about Nashik in ‘Ein-e-Akbari’.
It is believed that Lord Rama along with Sita and Laxmana spent 14 years of exile at Tapovan in Nashik. After Mughal, Nashik came ujder Peshwas followed by British rule. In 1862 Nashik Road railway station was built and two years later Nashik Municipality was formed. The territory of Nashik district was formed in 1869, with areas drawn partly from Khandesh district and partly from Ahmadnagar district.
Trimbakeshwar is abode of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The sacred river Godavari originates from Bramhagiri hills .The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is the Linga in the temple is in the form of a three faced embodying Tridev, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The Linga is crowned with a jewel studded crown believed to be from Pandavas. The crown is adorned with uncut diamonds, emeralds, and many other types of precious stones.The present Trimbakeshwar temple was constructed by third Peshwa Balaji Bajirao (1740-1760) on the site of an old temple. Sant Nivruttinath, elder brother of Sant Dnyaneshwar had taken Samadhi at Trimbakeshwar.
Trimbakeshwar town is an ancient Hindu Pilgrim centre located at the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. Sadhus of Shaiva sects baths at Trimbakeshwar. The town is appealing with natural attractions. It is at the foothills of amazing Brahmagiri & Gangadwar mountains nestled among lusting green woody trees and picturesque environments. The serene ambience and the pleasant climate make the town of Trimbakeshwar a hot spot for nature loving tourists apart from Hindu pilgrims.
The Hindu belief is that those who visit Trimbakeshwar attain salvation or Moksha. Trimbakeshwar is considered as one of the most sacred town India. There are many reasons for this belief. Godavari originates from the Brahmagiri hills in this town and it is believed that it is the birth place of Lord Ganesha, known as place of Tri-Sandhya Gayatri.
This place is also famous for religious rituals (vidhis) like Narayan Nagbali, Kalsarpa Shanti, Tripindi vidhi etc.