Trimbakeshwar, one of the holiest places of not only Maharashtra but the whole of India as well, is situated near Nashik. Trimbakeshwar is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. It is believed that anyone who visits Tryambakeshwar attains salvation. The reasons for its being so sacred are - the Godavari river originates in this place, its a place of Tri Sandhya Gayatri, the birth place of Lord Ganesha, a place of the first Nath of Nath Sampradayaconsisting of Gorakhnath and others, a place where Nivrittinath was made to imbibe the holy knowledge by his Guru Gahininath and the place where Nivrittinath made his brothers and sister attain the self by his preaching. This is the holiest place to perform Shraddha ceremony. Nirnaya Sindhu - a religious book of the Hindus, mentions that this place, where the Sahyadris Mountain range and Godavari river exist together, is very purifying and is therefore a very important site for performing Shraddha ceremony.
Teertharaj Gajapantha - Chamber Caves
Nashik city and the surrounding area is famous for many temples, pilgrimage places etc. One of the sacred places for followers of Jainism is Teerthraj Gajpantha , which is at Mhasrul, 16 kms from Nashik Road Railway station and 5 kms from Nashik city. The famous Chamber Caves are a part of this place. It is situated on the top of a small hill which is only 400 ft tall. The staircase, built in black stone leads to the temple and offers a panoramic view. Although the nearby landscape is quite barren, some plantation has been done recently. This is a very serene place, conducive for meditation. Gajapantha Teerth includes a caravanserai, a small hut at the foot of the hill and a temple at the top of the Gajadhwaja Hillock. As per the ancient holy book Shantinath Purana, Mysore's Chamaraj King installed these statues (600 B.C.) in the temple atop the hill. Thus the caves got the name Chamer Caves or Chambhar Caves in the regional language.
Situated in Panchavati area about 2 kms from the Central Bus Stand, on the bank of the river Godavari is the Naroshankar Temple of Rameshwar built by Naroshankar Rajebahaddur in 1747. The architectural style of the temple is called Maya. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture of the 18th century. The sculpture on the outer side of the temple is stunning. It has rows of exuberant designs. One layer is of decorative lacework. The next one is that of peacocks holding bead garlands. In four directions are statues of the saints in Padmasana. There is also an assembly of animals - tigers, monkeys, elephant etc. This depicts that Hindu culture is not limited only to human beings but also has relation with birds, animals, trees, and nature in general. In its four corners are umbrellas - called "Meghadambari" or "Barasati". One of them was washed away in the Godavari floods and only three exist presently. The surrounding fortification centres a "Bell house" in the front part. The famous bell, called "Naroshankar Bell" is fixed here. The bell is a victory memorial over the Portuguese.
Shree Sunder Narayan Temple
The Sundarnarayan temple was built by Gangadhar Yashwant Chandrachud in 1756 at a distance of 1 km from the Central Bus Stand. The entrance of the temple is to the East. The architecture is attractive and the round dome is made up of little ornamental cordons. The arched recesses are impressions of Mughal sculpture. The main deity is of Lord Vishnu - also called Narayana. To the left and right are Goddess Laxmi and Goddess Saraswatirespectively. Fine design is carved on the stones of the temple. On the road leading towards Godavari River there is the Badarika Sangam Pond. It is said that the king of Devgiri bathed and performed rites in this pond. We also find a mention of this pond in the holy book, Dnyaneshwari. One remarkable thing about this temple is that it is built at such an angle that on 21st March, rays of the rising sun first fall exactly upon the idols.
Shree Saptshrungi Devi
Saptashringa Garh is a place where Goddess Bhagawati dwells. It is one of the most important among the places of Goddesses in Maharashtra. Saptashringa signifies seven mountain peaks. Nanduri village is situated at the foot of the Saptashringa Gad. In front of the temple there stands Markandeya Rishi's (sage) hill. The Saptashringa Gad is full of a variety of trees having medicinal worth. As per the story depicted in the Ramayana, Lord Hanuman carried the herbal medicine for the wounded Lakshmana from this hill. There are about 108 water reservoirs on the hill, known as Kundas. Vani is situated at a distance of 60 kms away from Nashik.
Shree Saptshrungi Gad is situated at a distance of 60 km from Nashik .It is one of the most visited religious places for pilgrims. As the temple is situated on a mountain, a regular bus service is provided from the foot of the mountain to the temple
Shree Kala Ram Mandir
This temple was built by the late Mr. Odhekar, a knight serving with the Peshwas. There are great processions and utsav on Ramnavami, Dussehra and Chaitra Padwa (Hindu new year day). The specialty of the temple is that it was built with black stones. The stones were brought from Ramshej 200 years ago. It took 23 lakhs of rupees and 2000 workers to build the temple in 12 years. This temple is situated at a distance of 3km from Central Bus Stand.
Shree Someshwar Temple
This temple is on the way to Gangapur dam, at a distance of 8kms from the Central Bus Stand. It is a temple of Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman on the banks of the river Godavari. The area is covered with greenery, and has a pleasant climate. Tourists can take pleasure in swimming and boating in the river. Someshwar has been a favourite location for many a film shootings as well. On the way to Someshwar, there is a village named Anandwalli. It is so named because Peshwas - Anandibai and Raghobadada, lived there for some time. The temple - Navasha Ganpati- was built by them.
Shree Kapaleshwar Mahadev
Situated at a distance of 1km from Central Bus Stand, this temple is one of the peculiar Mahadev Temples in Nashik. The most prominent aspect regarding this temple is that there is no idol of Nandi in front of Lord Mahadev. Shravani Somvar(Monday) and Shivaratri are the 2 days when pilgrims gather in large numbers in this temple..
Shree Ved Temple
The Ved Temple, situated at a distance of 1.5km from the Central Bus Stand, was built with the aim of studying Indian culture and the Vedas and Indian Puranas. A private trust of Mr Sarada founded the temple. The temple is the example of modern interiors with Italian marble. The entrance to the temple is very large and attractive with glasses and flood lights. Free training and education on Ved-Puranas is given to students from all over India. The temple has the idols of Shriram, Lakshmana and Sita. Along with them is the beautiful idol of Guru Gangeshwaranandji.
Muktidham temple is situated in Nashik Road. Built by the Late Shri JayramBhai Bytco, it is a magnificent piece of architecture, made with marble from Makran in Rajasthan by Rajasthani scluptors. Unique to this temple are eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita written on the walls. One can also see the replicas of all the twelve Jyotirlingas here and also icons of all major Hindu Gods and Goddesses. This temple is situated at a distance of 8 kms from the Central Bus Stand
Sita Gumpha (Cave)
Sita Gumpha is at a distance of 2 km from the Central Bus Stand. It is situated at the western facing door of the Kalaram Temple. Lord Rama's wife, Sita is believed to have lived at this place and it is from here that Ravana abducted her. The Shivlinga that she worshiped is still there in the gumpha.
This unique Hemadpanthi-style architectural temple located at Sinner is the masterpiece of architecture. The historical and religious Gondeshwar temple has Lord Shiva's idol and a number of small temples around the huge temple complex.
Bhakti Dham is sitiauted near Dindori Naka, at a distance of 2km from the Central Bus Stand. This place is renowned for various temples built in the premises. All the religious rituals, pujas and vidhis are carried out in the Bhakti Dham.
This idol of Lord Maruti is placed on the bank of the Godavari river near Ramkund. The idol has two faces on either sides.
River Godavari flows through Nashik and its northern part is known as Panchavati. Lord Shri Ram and Sita along with Lakshmana stayed at Panchavati during their exile. There are five Banyan (Vad) trees and this is the reason the place is called Panchavati. Nearby is the Sita Gumpha (cave) where Sita stayed for some time.
Shree Godavari Ramkund
The most important place in Panchavati is Ramkund, which is at a distance of 1km from Central Bus Stand. It is so called because Lord Rama is believed to have taken a bath there. Ramkund is the place where ashes are set free in the water after cremation by the followers of Hinduism. A dip in this sacred kunda is considered very religious. Situated nearby is the Gandhi Lake (Talav) having a memorable monument made out of white marble, in memory of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The ashes were dropped in Ramkund after Gandhiji passed away on 30th January 1948.
These are the various places of pilgrimage tourism in Nashik district.
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