Day 1: Trimbakeshwar Temple
Shri Trimbakeshwar Temple is located at a distance of about 30 km from Nashik City. Maharashtra near the mountain named Brahamagiri from which the river Godavari flows. It was constructed by third Peshwa Balaji Bajirao (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 Brahamagiri hill ,height of which is 3000 feet above sea level.
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 Sita Gumph or Sita’s Cave is situated . Kalaram temple , Kapaleshwar temple, Ganga Godavari temple, Sunder Narayan temple, Talkuteshwar temple,temple, NilkantheshwarGoraram mandir Murlidhar Mandir,Tilbhandeshwar mandir, Balaji temple, Sandvyachi devi temple, Vitthal temple, Pataleshwar temple,Naroshankar temple, Ramkund, Karthikswami temple,Dutondya maruti , Katya marcuti temple, Panchmukhi Hanuman temple , Bhadrakali temple,Katpurthala monuments are located in and around Panchavati area.Nashik has earned name of the Banaras of western India due to large no of temples.
The Kalaram Temple is an old Hindu shrine dedicated to Rama in the Panchavati area of Nashik city in Maharashtra, India. It is probably the most important Hindu shrine in the city.
The temple derives its name from the statue of Lord Rama that is black. The literal translation of kalaram means black Rama. The sanctum sanctorum also houses the statues of goddess Sita and god Lakshmana. Thousands of devotees visit it every day.
Sita gupha is situated in Panchawati area about 8 km away from our hotel.
It is said that Seeta stayed in this caves for some days during 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 before worshiping 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 herethat Sita was carried by Ravana disguised as a begger.
A room opposite to Seetagmupha is decorated with the scenes from Ramayana like Marich Vadha (i.e. Ram Killing Marich, the demon.), Seetaharan (the kidnapping of Seeta by Ravan).
Ganga Godavri Temple
This temple is adjacent to Ramkund . It was built in 1775 by Gopikabai Peshwe. Statue of Godavari and Bhagirath are placed inside the temple. The temple remains closed for 11 years, but opens on the day of Kartik Poornima (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 place is situated at a distance of 8 km from our hotel. 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 Asthivilaya Tirth. It was built by Chitrarao Khatav, a landholder of Khatav in Satara in 1696havrao and was repaired by Gopikabai, the mother of Madhavrao the fourth Peshva
MuktidhamTemple is located near to Nashik road railway station within Nashik city.
The temple is built in white Makrana marble. The white colour signifies holiness and peace. It has replicas of 12 Jyotirlingas, which have been built as per dimension of original deities and have been sanctified by sending them to their respective pilgrimage centers. The architecture of this temple is known to be very unusual. 18 chapters of the Gita are inscribed on the walls, which is a very unique style of this temple.
Back to Hotel and enjoy your dinner