Nashik: The Temple Complex

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Thinking of Nashik, one would always recollect the symbol of divinity. This city has positioned itself very strongly in the top holiest places in India. Most of us have grown up hearing the epic story of Ramayan which talks about the history behind this place. Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshmana spent some time in Nasik during their exile. Silverware is very famous here and it’s one among other things that everyone boasts about is their craftsmanship. Not only religious, Nasik is also filled with lot more leisure places to visit such as Sula Vineyard, Mukti Dham, Dhammagiri , Pandavleni Caves, Bhakti Dham, Veer Savarkar Smarak and Lgatpuri. So, hurry up and plan your drip during December as it is the best season to enjoy to make the best out of your vacation.

Muktidham temple:

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This temple is the temple of all (almost all) Hindu deities. The pure white makrana marbles of Rajasthan were used to build this temple. Mr. J.D. Chauhan-Bytco’s, a local industrialist, large donations made this temple a reality.

This temple along with the major god and goddess also has the twelve replicas of the scared Jyotirlingas. The temple has inscriptions of the eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad-Gita.

Trimbakeshwar Temple:

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This ancient temple of lord Shiva is one of the twelve scared Jyotirlinga. This temple is located where the river Godavari has its origin. The Godavari River is one of the most scared rivers in India and also happens to be the longest river in peninsular India. The current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao in 1785.

Trimbakeshwar also happens to be one of the four places where Kumbha Mela is held. Kumbha Mela is a mass public gathering which is held once every third year and the venue is on rotation basis in one of the four places. Hence the cities which host the Kumbh Mela will have to wait twelve years to host its next.

Saptashrungi Temple:

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This temple is dedicated to the Goddess Saptashrungi Nivasini and is located on a hill range which has the same name as the goddess of the temple, Saptashrungi. This temple is located around 60 kilometers from Nashik.

This scared temple is one of the 51 ‘Shakti Peethas’ and one of the three and half Shakti Peethas of Maharashtra. The 51 Shakti Peethas are the places where the body parts of Sati’s (Lord Shiva’s wife) fell when her corpse was carried around the universe by Lord Shiva. It is believed that on this Shakti Peetha, Sati’s right hand and a limb fell.

This is a two storied temple with the goddess residing on the upper floor. Because the goddess is surrounded by seven hill the goddess and subsequently the hill got their name, Sapta Shrungi Mata (mother of the seven hills).

This hill range consisting of seven hills is part of the Sahyadri hills.

Kalaram Temple:

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This temple was built in 1790 by Sardar Odhekar of Peshwa. This temple is regarded very scared among the natives. There is a resemblance between this temple and the Trimbakeshwar temple.

The idol of Lord Rama as well as of Lakshmana and Sita are carved out of black stone. And hence the temple got its name, Kalaram, meaning ‘black Ram’. At the entrance there is an idol of Lord Hanuman, which is also carved out of a black stone. There is an impression of footprint on a stone near an old tree which is thought to be the footprints of Lord Dattatreya.

Near this temple there is cave in which Goddess Sita is believed to have stayed during her exile.

Someshwar Temple:

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This temple of lord Shiva is located on the banks of the River Godavari. This lord Shiva temple is considered as one of the oldest Shiva temple. The temple is also the abode of Lord Hanuman.

The temple is located in a very beautiful and charming environment with greenery everywhere. The location of the temple makes you fall in love with it. The temple, especially because of its picturesque, is one of the favorite places of the movie makers.

There is a waterfall near the temple called Dudhsagar waterfalls. This waterfall along with the boating facility at the river bed is one of the major tourist attractions.

Pandavleni Caves:

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These man-made rock-cut caves have nothing to with Pandu or the Pandavas of the Mahabharata but actually are a misconception. These caves were built by the Hinayana Buddhist monks and considering the inscription we can conclude that the carving began as early as in 4th century BC. And the carvings are thought to be continued till the 12th century A.D. according to the inscriptions.

The caves were originally called as Pundru, which in Pali language means, ‘Yellow ochre color’; the color of the robes of the then Buddhist monks. But as per the Ancient Monument Act, in 1909 the name was changed to Pandu caves which soon changed itself to Pandava Caves since people started calling it so.

A total of 24 caves were excavated from this site and they have inscriptions of the three kings who ruled in those periods. The caves house idols of Buddha and Bodhisatva.

Hree Dharmachakra Prabhav Tirth:

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This recently built Jain temple is popularly called as Jain Mandir. This is a three-storey whose architecture is unlike the other Jain temples has completely new and contemporary outlook. The temple is built using the pink sand stones and white marbles which beautifies the feel and the look of the temple.

Many idols of Jain deities are installed in the temple out of them one is of Mahavir, the 24th and the last Jain Thirthankara. This idol of Mahavir is made of Panchdhatu and weights a massive 12 tons.

Pravachan hall is the ground floor and is used for sermons and meditations activities. The first floor is reserved for “Choumukhji” and “Ashtapadji” will be installed on the third floor.

Sundar Narayan Temple:

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This Vishnu temple is located near the west coast of River Godavari. This one of the oldest temple of the city and was built in 1756 by King Gangadhar Yashwant Chandrachud. The main deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu along with Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. Carvings of Lord Narayana, Hanuman and Indra are found on the walls of this temple.

The architecture of this east facing temple is heavily inspired by the Mughal architecture, having lobed arches and globular domes.

One fun fact of this temple is that on every March of 21, the rays of rising sun directly are casted on the idols.

Anjaneri Hill:

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This hill is one of the most scared hills in Hinduism. The birth of Hindu god, Hanuman is beieved to have happened here, in the fort Anjaneri. Lord Hanuman is the son of Pavan (God of Wind) and Anjani. And hence the fort and subsequently the hill is named so.

On the way to the fort of Anjani there are many carving of related to Jainism. There is also a temple, Anjani Mata, dedicated to lord Hanuman mother. If you take a detour, on way to the fort, you can also find a cave called as ‘Sita Cave’.

This hill is famous for both spiritual and adventure offerings. The hill makes a challenging trekking spot for adventure lovers.

How To Reach Nashik?

You can plan your trip to Nashik from cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Indore, Shirdi, Pune, Thane and Kalyan.

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