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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 the 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 the 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 Rajahmundry. 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 favorite fort of the Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. 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 kilometers north of Shahada. The Pandavleni complex is in the bed of Gomai river carved in one solid rock. The Pandavleni is around 10 meters below the rest of the terrain. There are rather identical two structures around 15 meters apart in an east-west line. Sculptures in the rock are carved in such a way that water in the river flows over the rock, waterfalls in sculpture complex but the force of water do not impact sculptures. It is like a 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 the 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 a maximum of two persons can stand comfortably. This room opens to the 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 the 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 kilometer 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 are 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 traditions. 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.

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