Attractions In & Around Nashik
KalaramMandir is situated within the Panchvati area of NashikCityCity buses and auto rickshaws are available from various corners of the city to reach the temple. This temple is supposed to stand on the spot where Lord Ram lived during hid exile. It was built in 1782 by SardarRangraoOdhekar on the site of an old wooden temple. The work is said to have lasted twelve years, 2000 persons being daily employed. It is one of the finest modern temples of Ramji in western India. The temple has a seventeen feet high wall of plain dressed stone which surrounds a well kept enclosure 245 feet long and 105 broad. It has seperatesabhamandap which is 75'*31''*12 which is open from all sides. The temple has standing images of Lord Rama, Sita, Laxmana are of black stone and around 2 feet height.
This temple is situated on small hill in Deolali Cantonment area. ShriKhandobaMaharaj is an incarnation of Lord Shiva and this temple dedicated to him is reportedly over 500 years (five hundred) old. As per mythology, the incarnation of Lord Shiva into ShriKhandoba is because two brothers amongst the demons MallaDaitya and Mani Daitya pleased Lord Shiva with their prayers and obtained his blessings that nobody on earth could kill them. Both the brothers after getting the boon from Lord Shiva however became power drunk and started harassing the common people, saints and sages. This could not be tolerated by Lord Shiva and he himself incarnated as ShriKhandoba and killed both the demons. After killing them, Lord Shiva relaxed on this hill and hence this temple is called 'Vishramgadh'. The hill is popularly known as KhandobachiTekadi.
KushavartTirtha is situated at the heart of Trimbakeshwar town 400 mts away from TrimbakeshwarJyotirlinga temple. This 21 ft deep Kund was built in 1750 having natural aquifers. It is said to be the place from where sacred river Godavari remerges after disappearing at Bramhagiri hills, and hence the superior holiness of this Tirtha.
Chambharleni is group of Jain temples (A.D.1100). These are situated on the outskirts of Nashik city near Ramshej fort.
Kailas Math/ Bhaktidham
It is located in Panchwati area near Pethnaka. It is also called as Bhaktidham. It has temples of various deities. Kailas Math is a old religious ashram where Vedas are being taught .Established in the year 1920 by H.H. Swami HridayanandMaharaj.The institution was headed by renowned Acharyas. Month long religious celebrations are held during month of Shravana.
Panchvati is situated on the left banks of sacred river Godavari in Nashik city. Close to Kalaram temple there are some very old and lofty banyan trees which are belived to be sprung from five banyans which gave its name to Panchvati.The name 'Panchvati' is derived from the words Panch which means five and Vati which means banyan tree. This is the site where SitaGumph or Sita's Cave is situated .Kalaram temple , Kapaleshwar temple, Ganga Godavari temple, Sunder Narayan temple, Talkuteshwartemple,temple, NilkantheshwarGorarammandirMurlidharMandir,Tilbhandeshwarmandir, Balaji temple, Sandvyachidevi temple, Vitthal temple, Pataleshwartemple,Naroshankar temple, Ramkund, Karthikswamitemple,Dutondyamaruti , Katya marcuti temple, Panchmukhi Hanuman temple , Bhadrakalitemple,Katpurthala monuments are located in and around Panchavatiarea.Nashik has earned name of the Banaras of western India due to large no of temples.
These caves are located on hill at the outskirts of Nashik city on Nashik Mumbai road (NH3) These caves are built on the Trirasmi hill about 3004 feet above the sea. These caves are the group of old Buddhist caves (B.C.250- A.D.600). Their northern frontage saves them from the sun and the south-west rains hence much of the carved work and many long and most valuable inscriptions are unharmed through 1500-2000 years.. All the caves are great examples of intricate carving and craftsmanship but the 3, 10, 18 caves are a must see for their outstanding sculptures. Most of the caves have the magnificent idols of Buddha and or the popular Jain Teerthankaras. The caves had an excellent arrangement for water, with skillfully chiseled water tanks, exquisitely carved into the rocks.31
ShriTrimbakeshwar Temple is located at a distance of about 28 km from Nashik, Maharashtra near the mountain named Brahamagiri from which the river Godavari flows. It was constructed by third PeshwaBalajiBajirao (1740-1760) on the site of an old temple. Trimbakeshwar Temple is a religious centre having one of the twelve Jyotirlingas . The city of Trimbakeshwar is located at the foot of Brahamagirihill ,height of which is 3000 feet above sea level.
Shree Saptshrungi Gad, Vani
Shree Saptshrungi Gad is situated at a distance of 60 km from Nashik in KalwanTahsil. The temple is situated at 4659 feet above sea level, on a hill surrounded by seven peaks. It is considered to be ArdhaShaktipeeth out of Sadetin Shakti Peeths in Maharashtra. The figure of the goddess is about eight feet high,carved in relief out of the natural rock. She has eighteen hands ,nine on each side,each hand grasping a different weapons. Saptashringa Gad is a place where Goddess Bhagawati dwells. Saptashringa signifies seven horned/mountain peaks. Nanduri village is situated at the foot of the Saptashringa Gad. The Saptashringi hill has variety of flora having medicinal worth.
Sitagupha is situated in Panchawati area about 3 km away from the Nashik Central bus stand. Significance: It is said that Seeta stayed in this caves for some days during â€˜exile. (Vanvas) The deities of Ram, Seeta and Laxman are placed inside the first main gummpha. In the second small gupha there is a Shivling . The main reason attributed for the Shivling is that Seeta used to worship God Shiva and she never took her meals beforeworshiping him. So for her convenience Shivling was placed in that gupha. It was in this cave that Lord Rama used to hide Sita when he had to leave her, and it was from herethatSita was carried by Ravana disguised as a begger. A room opposite to Seetagmupha is decorated with the scenes from Ramayana like MarichVadha (i.e. Ram Killing Marich, the demon.), Seetaharan (the kidnapping of Seeta by Ravan).
Shree Someshwar Temple
Significance: This is a temple of Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman on the banks of river Godavari. The temple is away from the city but quit close to Soma, and is blessed with the countryside greenery Tourists can take pleasure of swimming and boating in the river. Someshwar has been a favorite location for many a film shootings. 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 - NavashaGanpati was built by them.
Ganga Godavri Temple
This temple is adjacent to Ramkund . It was built in 1775 by GopikabaiPeshwe. Statue of Godavari and Bhagirath are placed inside the temple. The temple remains closed for 11 years, but opens on the day of KartikPoornima (full moonlight) once in 12 years and kept open for a year in Simhastha period.
Ramkund is located along the bank of Godavari River.This is the holiest spot in Nashik as it is believed to be the place where Lord Rama used to bathe. It contains the bone dissolving AsthivilayaTirth. It was built by ChitraraoKhatav, a landholder of Khatav in Satara in 1696and was repaired by Gopikabai, the mother of Madhavrao the fourth Peshva. Peoples bring ashes of their deceased relatives and immerse it in Asthivilaykund. Ashes of big personalities like Pandit Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Y B Chavan and others had been immersed at Ramkund
Dhammagiri – Vipassana Centre
DhammaGiri, meaing 'Hill of Dhamma' is one of the world's largest Vipassana meditation centres. It is co-located with the Vipassana Research Institute at Igatpuri in Maharastra, approximately three hours drive from Mumbai. The center offered its first course in 1976.