Ahilya Sangam Teerth is one of the holy places in Nasik District
. It is situated at the confluence of two holy rivers namely the Ganges
and the Godavari
. The famous temple of Sangmeshwar Mahadev is located on the bank of this teerth.
According to the legend, a sage named Gautam Rishi undertook a severe penance to acquire special powers. Jatila, Goddess Ganga‘s friend, took the form of Ahilya, the sage’s wife, and caused disturbance to his penance. Enraged by this act, the sage cursed Jatila and transformed her to a river. However owing to her repeated pleading, the sage said that she would be free of her curse when she meets Godavari River in the course of her flow. Hence the meeting point of the two rivers is considered sacred and is known by the name Ahilya Sangam Teerth.