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Saptashrungi Devi Vani

Saptashrungi is a site of pilgrimage situated 60 kilometers from Nashik. According to Hindu tradition, the goddess Saptashrungi Nivasini dwells within the seven mountain peaks. (Sapta means seven and shrung means peaks.) It is located in Nanduri, Tal:-Kalwan a small village near Nashik in India. Devotees visit this place in large numbers every day. This temple is one among the 51 Shakti peethas located on the Indian subcontinent.

The Devi is said be swayambhu (self-manifested) on a rock on the sheer face of a mountain. She is surrounded by seven (sapta in Sanskrit) peaks (shrungain Sanskrit), hence the name: Sapta Shrungi Mata (mother of the seven peaks).


Shirdi

122 kms from Nashik is the abode of one of Maharashtra’s most revered saint — Sai Baba of Shirdi. Popularly known as the ‘Child of God’, Sai Baba preached tolerance towards all religions and the message of universal brotherhood. Every activity at Shirdi revolves around the vast temple complex dedicated to Sai Baba. Devotees start queuing up in the early hours of dawn to catch a glimpse and seek the blessings of the life-size statue of Sai Baba. Thursday is marked by special pujas and darshan of the Sai Baba statue.

There are other places of interest that devotees can visit as well including Dwarkamani Mosque where the Baba meditated and slept on alternate nights. Near the mosque, in a corridor is the dhuni or eternal flame that burns day and night. Other places of importance are the Gurusthan, the Kandoba Temple, Shani Mandir, Narsimha Mandir, Changdev Maharaj Samadhi and the Sakori Ashram.


Shani Shingnapur

Shani Shingnapur or Shani Shinganapur or Shingnapur or Sonai is a village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Situated in Nevasa taluka in Ahmednagar district, the village is known for its popular temple of Shani, the Hindu god of the planet (graha) Saturn. Shingnapur is 35 km from Ahmednagar city.

Shingnapur is also famous for the fact that no house in the village has doors, only door frames. Despite this, no theft is reported in the village. Villagers never keep their valuables under lock and key. Villagers believe that the temple is a “jagrut devasthan” (lit. “alive temple”), meaning that the god here is very powerful. They believe that god Shani punishes anyone attempting theft. The village has a post office and a high school known as Shri Shanishwar Vidya Mandir besides the primary schools run by the Zilla Parishad. The chief source of water supply in the villages is wells.


Trimbakeshwar

Trimbakeshwar or Trambakeshwar is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Nashik District of Maharashtra state in India. It is 28 km away from main city of Nasik. Trimbakeshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. The amazing feature of the Jyotirlinga located at Trimbakeshwar is having three faces symbolizing Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Rudra (Shiva). Due to too much use of water, the jyotirlinga has started to erode. It is said that this erosion symbolizes the eroding nature of human society. The Trimbakeshwar jyotirlinga is covered by a jeweled crown which is placed over the Gold Mask of Tridev stated above. i.e. Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahesh. The crown is said to be from the age of Pandavs and consists of diamonds, emeralds, and many precious stones. The crown is flaunted every Monday from 4 to5 pm to the people. All other Jyotirlingas have Shiva as the main divinity.

Trimbakeshwar temple is appealing with ancient Hindu temple’s architectural styles. It is entirely constructed on black stones. The temple is located at the foothills of Brahmagiri mountain ranges on the backdrop of undulated landscapes and lush green vegetation.

Three sources of the Godavari originate from the Brahmagiri Mountain. Trimbakeshwar temple is located at the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. The Godavari River, which is considered sacred within Hinduism, originates from Bramhagiri Mountains and meets the sea near Rajahmudry. Kusavarta, a kund is considered the symbolic origin of the river Godavari, and revered by Hindus as a sacred bathing place at Trambakeshwar temple.


Bhandardara

Bhandardara is home to Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak (5,400 ft/1,600 m) in Maharashtra. Another tourist attraction is the Wilson Dam on the Pravara River, which was built in 1910. The scenic Umbrella Falls also draw visitors, although it can be seen only during the monsoons between July and October. About 10 km away from Shendi Village is the Randhaa Waterfalls. The Ratangad fort is around 22 km from Shendi/ Bhandardara, and is connected by both roadway, and ferry across the Lake Arthur. On the Kalsubai side, at the far end of a 22 km roadway across luscious forests, and tribal villages, is Konkankada from where the views of the plains are breathtaking. Harishchandragad is another nearby mountain hiking spot with ancient temples on top.

Bhandardara provides plenty of opportunity for small treks and hikes for adventure lovers. The most interesting and exciting trek is the small trek to Ratangad fort; to reach Ratangad fort one should take the boat over the small lake near the village Ratanwadi. Ratanwadi is known for its scenic boat rides. Ratangad is an interesting fortress, situated at the edge of ghats with numerous water cisterns and caves. It also commands an excellent view all around and is said to be the favourite fort of the Maratha king Chatrapati Shivaji. A popular resort is Anandvaan Resort, located 2800 feet above sea level. The resort boasts both hill and lake views, where visitors reside in private cabins ranging in size and location.


Pandavleni Caves

Pandavleni, also known as Panch Pandav, is ancient rock-cut sculptures complex located at 21.586°N 74.495°E in Gomai River around 6 kilometer north of Shahada. The Pandavleni complex is in the bed of Gomai river carved in one solid rock. The Pandavleni is around 10 metres below the rest of terrain. There are rather identical two structures around 15 metres apart in east-west line. Sculptures in rock are carved in such a way that water in river flows over the rock, water falls in sculpture complex but force of water do not impact sculptures. It is like sculpture carved on the wall of well. During flood well will be filled with water and water will flow over well without causing any damage to sculpture on the wall of the well.

In first small there are five sculptures. Main sculpture room is Mahavir sculpture facing towards east, which is partially destroyed. On the right and left side of Mahavir sculpure there are two sculptures each. This room is so small that maximum two persons can stand comfortably. This room opens to second big room where there are many sculptures carved on the four walls of the room. Around dozen persons can stand comfortably in this room.


Someshwar

This is famous temple of Lord Shiva in Nashik. This temple is on the bank of river Godavari. Because of this temple’s name surrounding area is also known as Someshwar. This place is very famous in Nashik. Peoples take darshan of lord Shiva many times here. This place is about 7 KM from city area.


Panchavati

It has been proposed to identify it with the modern Nasik, because Lakshmana cut off Surpanakha’s nose (nasika) at Panchavati. In Panchavati today, there are five trees marked, one of which is an Ashoka tree. There is also a cave here called Sita Gupha. Sita, Ram and Lakshman prayed here to Lord Shiva. The ancient Shivalinga still exists in the small temple in the cave and is visited by devotees.

According to Hindu legends and Ramayana Rama, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, stayed in Panchavati during their Vanvasa period. The Laxman Rekha is located in Panchavati about a kilometre away from Sita Gupha. It was from here that Ravana abducted Goddess Sita. Today this area is a major pilgrimage and tourist attraction. Panchavati has many temples like Kalaram Temple, Goraram Temple, Sita Gupha .

There are also many temples in Tapovan which is very close to Panchavati.Panchavati is spread across 500 acres of land. Its people are proud of its culture and its five thousand year old tradition. Festivals such as Ganesh Utsav, Gokul Ashtami and Rangpanchami are celebrated with full enthusiasm by the people.Previously it was under the rule of Ashish Padhye. On auspicious occasions like Mahashivratri, Rangapanchami, Makar Sankranti people take baths in river Godavari at Ramkund which is considered to be one of the most important places in Indian theology. According to Hindu theology, it is believed to be the place where a few drops of ‘amrut’ fell while the kalash was carried to the devatas.


Sula Wine

Sula Vineyards was founded by Rajeev Samant in 1998. Samant studied engineering at Stanford University and worked at Oracle in San Francisco therafter. After quitting his corporate job, Rajeev established Sula upon his return to India. He initially experimented with crops such as mangoes, roses, teakwood, and table grapes before realizing that Nashik’s climate and temperature were well-suited for growing wine grapes. In consultation with Kerry Damskey, a Californian winemaker, Samant setup the first winery in the Nashik region of India

Sula’s grapes come from their vineyards as well as from contract farmers across the region. The company’s viticulture team trains and educates these farmers on best practices. In 2015, Sula announced a price increase of 10% for its contract farmers in order to support the farmers through unpredictable changes in weather as well as to meet the increasing demand for wine in India.

At their Nashik estate, Sula operates India’s first tasting room, a restaurant: ‘SOLEIL by La Plage’, a 35-room resort: ‘Beyond by Sula’ and an amphitheatre, all part of its wine tourism venture. The annual live music festival ‘SulaFest’ takes place at their Nashik winery


Brahmagiri

Brahmagiri, the hill (giri) of Lord Brahma, appear in many mythological and legendary documents. Legend says that the saint Gautam and his wife Ahalya resided on this hill. Saint Gautam worshiped Lord Shiva to bring Ganga in this hill. This river is known as River Gautami in the Brahmagiri hills.

The undulated terrains of Brahmagiri are challenging spots for adventurous travels like nature walk and trekking. There are many trekking trails nestled among the woody trees. The ranges are rich with natural attractions and scenic spots.


Jain Temple

After the dividing the earth in to six continents amongst Bharat, Bahubali and 100 sons Shri Rishabhdev foremost (divine) ruler of the earth took Diksha (initiation of Jainism).

On one evening before achieving ultimate knowledge (Gnan) and in the process of getting it Prabhu Rishabhdev making the earthy holy (by walking on it) arrived in the outer forest (udyan or garden) of town Taksh-sheela . Forest guard gave this good news to the King Bahubali . Next day early in the morning equipped with royal arrangements, lot of joy and excitement visited the said part of the forest (Udyan / Garden like) to pay his respect and salutation to Prabhu (lord) but Prabhu (lord) had already gone. Deprived of chance to see personally the Prabhu he started crying extensively like a child… at that time Sodharma Indra arrived there consoled the King Bahubali making him calm…

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