Hindu Holy Place - Nasik
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India is the land with multiple religions and is a country of God fearing people.People start for the pilgrimage from one place to another and perform pooja etc.to wash away all their sins.There are many holy places in India and the main such places are shown here in the following table.
Nasik,in Maharashtra, is located at a distance of 180 km from Mumbai and 220 kms frm Pune.Nasik is very significant due to its mythological and historical importance.
The river Godavari flows through the city.The temples and ghats on the banks of Godavari makes Nasik one of the holiest places in the World.The city has special attraction because of its beautiful surroundings and pleasant climate.
As per the mythology,Lord Rama, the King of Ayodhya, made Nasik his adobe during his 14 years exile period. Lord Laxman, chopped off the nose of "Shurpnakha" here and hence this city was named as "Nasik".
It is said that,Brahmadeva had meditated here in "Padmasana" , so the city was also called "Padma-Aasana" for some time.Legend also says that, Lord Vishnu had finished three demons here and hence the city was also called as "Tri-Kantak".
Renowed poets like Kalidas,Valmiki and Bhavabhuti have paid rich tributes here.Nasik was also known as the 'Land of the braves' during the regime of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Attractions In Nasik
This is situated on the way to Gangapur dam amidst greenery and cool climate.The temple of Navasha Ganpati is on the way to Someshwar.
Ahmednagar Fort,which dates back to 1559, is one of the best designed forts and is situated in the Ahmednagar district.
Bhagur is located about 3 kms away from Deolali Camp having a beautiful temple of "Bhagur Devi". This is the birth place of the freedom fighter,Veer Savarkar.
Deolali Camp,the famous Indian military center which is one of the oldest, is located 16 km away from Nasik. It was established by the Britishers in 1861.There is a famous temple of lord Khandoba on the hill, which is known as Khandobachi Tekadi.
Saptashringi Devi Temple
Saptashringi Devi Temple is situated at Wani, about 55 kms from Nasik which is dedicated to Goddess Saptashringi.The idol of the goddess has 18 hands, carrying a weapons and in a stance to defeat the demons.
This is the most popular and most visited excursion near the Nasik city of Maharashtra.It is regarded as the main Jyotirlinga.
This artillery center is now completing its 50th year. The Indian army's officers and soldiers are trained here. Training for 'Bofors Gun' is given here.The area is restricted for civilians since it is under military controll.
This is the place of Saint Ramdas who was the Guru of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.Ramdas had eloped from his wedding function and settled down at Takli. Ramdas Swami's ashram is preserved here in his memory. There is also a Hanuman temple on the bank of river Nandini.
On the Northern part of river Godavari,there are five Banyan trees here and hence this place is called Panchavati.It has holy significance since,Lord Shri Ram,Sita with Laxman stayedhere for some time.
Ramkund is so called because Shri. Ram had taken bath here.A dip in this kunda is considered very sacred. Mortal remains (Asthi) immersed in this kunda,dissolve immediately in the water.The ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in Ramkund.
The cave has the idol of Shri. Ram, Laxman and Sita.To
the left, one can enter into the cave having the Shiva Linga.Devotees believe that Ravan kidnapped Sita from here.
This temple built by Peshwas has black stones which were brought 200 years ago,from Ramshej.There were 2000 workers who constructed this temple in 12 years. There is 32 tons of gold in the apex.