Muktidham temple is situated in Nashik Road. Built by Late Shri JayramBhai Bytco, is magnificient peice of architucture, made with marble from Makran in Rajastan, and by Rajastani scluptors. Unique to this temple are eighteen chapters of Geeta written on the walls. You can also see the replicas of all the twelve Jyotirlingas over here and also icons of all major Hindu Gods and Godesses. After visiting this temple one gets a feeling of visiting all the four Dhams in India. This temple is situated at a distance of 8 km from Central Bus Stand
Infant Jesus Shrine located near St Xavier High School, was inaugurated in February 1970. The shrine houses a 19 inch high idol of the infant Jesus, clothed realistically in a little dress over which from the shoulders hung a royal mantle the right hand raised in benediction, the left hand sustaining the globe of the world as a Sign of kingly sovereignty, the countenance beaming with grace, majesty and clemency. The annual feast of the shrine is celebrated every year in the month of February.The daily masses of the church are held at 6:30 a.m., 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m and on Sunday's at 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. On second Thursday of the every month, the mass at 6.00 p.m will be in Marathi. The novena is Infant Jesus, is conducted on every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The church offers 2 days accommodation facilities for group the pilgrims on first come, first served basis. Pilgrims arriving after 9.00 p.m. may spend the night in the common hall of the rest house, free of cost.
The Kalaram temple is an old Hindu shrine dedicated to lord Rama in the Panchavati area of Nasik 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 Lakshmana.This temple was built in 1780 - 1792 by Rangarao Odhekar Sardar of Peshwas. The temple is 70 feet in height. It was built with black stone from the mines of Ramsej Hill. There is a beautiful gold-plated copper peak on the temple. There are icons of Rama, Sita and Laxman lavishly adorned with adornments.
The Ram Kund area has several temples like the Sundara Narayana Temple,the Naro Shankara Mandir and the Kapaleshwara temple. Ram Kund is also called Asthi Vilaya Tirtha, which dissolves the bones dead dropped into it.During Kumbhmela the famous Kumbh Snan / bath is supposed to happen here in PAVITRA RAMKUND.This is a holy place on Godavari river in Nashik. It is believed that Rama and Sita used to bath here during their exile.This holy kund was built in 1696 by Chitrarao Khatarkar. It is in this tank of holy water or kund that religious Hindus even today, immerse a dead person's ashes so that the soul of the dead person can attain moksha or liberation. The ashes of numerous personalities such as Pandit Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Y B Chavan and others have been immersed at Ramkund.
Caves where Lord Ram and Sita worshipped Lord Shiva during their exile. The shivlinga is still present at that same spot. It is believed that Ravana kidnapped Sita from this place.Sita Gumpha is at a distance of 2 km from Central Bus Stand. It is situated at the western side door of Kalaram Temple.Lord Rama's wife, Sita dwelled at this place and King Ravan abducted her from this place. The Shiv linga that she worshiped is still there in the gumpha.There are five Banyan trees in this area and thus called "Panchvati".
Ram, Laxman and Sita lived here during their Vanvas. Laxman cut off the nose of domen Surphanaka in this area. There are many famous temples are here. The old Laxman temple here is built in 1817.Tapovan, Here Shri Ram stayed during his sanyas with is adorable wife and agyakari younger brother Shri Laxman.This is the place called as Godavari-Kapila river sangam. Here Laxman cut the nose of Shurpanakha, sister of Ravana.
The Ved Temple,situated at a distance of 1.5km from Central Bus Stand, was built with the aim of studying Indian culture and Ved and Puranas. A private trust of Mr Sarada founded the temple.The temple is the example of modern interiors with Italian Marble. The entrance to the temple is very large and attractive with glasses and flood lights. Free training and education on Ved-Puranas is given to students from all over India. The temple has the idols of Shriram, Laxman and Sita. Along with them is the beautiful idol of Guru Gangeshwaranandji.
Someshwar is one of the famous temple in Nashik situated on the banks of Godavari river in Gangapur. This is very popular religious and tourist place. Nearby there is a waterfall and boating in Godavari river.This temple is on the way to Gangapur dam, at a distance of 8km from Central Bus Stand. This is a temple of Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman on the banks of river Godavari. The area is covered with greenery, with a pleasant climate. Tourists can take pleasure of swimming and boating in the river.Someshwar has been a favourite location for many a filmshootings. 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 - Navasha Ganpati was built by them.
Nashik City and the surrounding area is famous for many temples, pilgrimage places etc. One of the sacred places for Jain Religion is Teerthraj Gajpantha , which is at Mhasrul, 16 kms from Nashik Road Railway station and 5 kms from Nashik City. The famous CHAMBER CAVES are a part of this place. It is situated on the top of a small hill which is only 400 ft tall. The staircase, built in black stone leads to the temple and offers a panoramic view. Although the nearby landscape is quite barren, some plantation has been recently done. This is a very serene place, conducive for meditation. Gajapantha Teerth includes a caravanserai, a small hut the foot of the hill and a temple at the top of the Gajadhwaja Hillock. As per the ancient holy book "Shantinath Purana" Mysore’s Chamaraj King installed these statues (600 B.C.) in the temple top the hill. Thus the caves got the name "Chamer Caves" or "Chambhar Caves" in the regional language.
The Pandavleni Caves are located on a tableland on Trivashmi Hill. Built by Jain kings these Caves are around 2000 years old. There are some 24 Caves that were home to Jain saints such as TirthankaraVrishabdeo, Veer Manibhadraji, and Ambikadevi. There are sculptures of the Buddha and bodhisattvas as well. The cave complex consists of large Caves, which were probably the meeting place of disciples and areas of preaching sermons. There are several water tanks chiseled into the rock.
Doyen & Founder of Indian Cinema and Film Industry, Dadasaheb Phalke was born at Nashik on 30th April 1870 in 1913. He produced the first Indian film 'Raja Harishchandra' & in the span of 19 years produced 95 films and 26 documentaries in a studio setup at Nasik till 1932. This memorial is a tribute to legendary Shri. Dadasaheb Phalke. Scenic beauty along with park, water sport & entertainment is an ideal destination of tourist. The museum exhibits his artwork, a beautifully decorated garden, and a "Buddha Stupa".
Gangapur Dam, is an earthfill dam on Godavari river near Nasik. Due to silt deposition in the reservoir area, the storage capacity of the dam has gradually reduced. The right side canal running towards Nashik is also closed due to the high civilization in the area. For these two reasons, an upstream dam, Kashypi Dam, is constructed which opened in 1998. The area is quite deserted, so ensure that you travel during broad daylight & with people.The dam and the waters the surrounding grape vineyards. the most pleasant time of the day to visit the dam is in the evening.
Vilholi is also known as Dharmachakra Vilholi Jain Tirth. Vilholi is located on MUMBAI - Agra Highway near Nashik.This pretty three-storied shrine presents a different architectural grandeur than that of the other temples. Shree Dharmachakra Prabhav Tirth, which is popularly called as Jain Mandir is constructed with white marble and pink sand.The ground floor of these eloquent building houses a Pravachan Hall, where sermons and meditations take place "Choumukhji" is placed in the first floor and the third floor is reserved for "Ashtapadji". One among the deities of this Mandir is the 24th thirthankara of the Jains. This deity weighs a whopping 12 tons and it is made up of Panchdhatu.
Trimbakeshwar is the source of the Godavari River. Trimbakeshwar enshrines one of the twelve jyotirlingas dedicated to Shiva and this one is considered to be the main jyotirlinga.The temple is very attractive and nearly hundred feet high. It is built by Peshwas. The major Poojas Narayan Nagbali, Tripindi and Kalsarpa done only at Trimbakeshwar in India.Legend has it that Guatam Rishi performed a rigorous ritual of prayer and penance or tapasya to Shiva on Brahmagiri Hill which rises above the present-day temple. Pleased with this devotion, Shiva is said to have blessed him and brought down to earth from heaven the sacred rivers of Ganga, Gautami and Godavari.
Vipashyana International Academy is located at Igatpuri. It was established in 1976 The aim was to conduct Vipassana Courses for those in search of peace of mind and harmony. Known as Dhammagiri, it is located in Igatpuri, 40 kms away from Nashik City, on Bombay-Agra road.This world famous meditation centre offers techniques which relieve mental stress and promote inner peace. It is turning the wheel of time conversion from Kalchakra to Dharmachakra under the able guidance of Guruji Satyanarayan Goenka. A 10 day residential course at the centre, which is free of charge, ends with Bhavatu Saba Mangalam meaning May all beings be happy.
Bhandardara 750 meters above the sea level surrounded by Deep Valley, Large Dam, Great Lake, Roaring Water Falls, Historical Fort and an Ancient Amruteshwar Temple is tourist paradise. Wilson Dam one of the very few Dams constructed at such a height, encircled by a flock of Sahyadri hills is Lake Arthur one of the largest in India. Randha Fall cascading down from 45 meters is another gift of Mother Nature. The Amruteshwar Temple 9 Kms in the interior of lake Arthur known for its beautiful carvings can be traced down 1200 years back in history and the Ratangad Fort is dear for mountaineering & trekkers is one of the favorite Forts of the great historical legendry son of soil Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (King).Overlooking Bhandardara is Kalsubai highest peak of Maharashtra kissing the sky at 1646 meters. The Konkankada at Ghatghar 22 Kms away measuring 361.79 Sq.Kms is another picnic spot with panoramic view & declared as wild life sanctuary. The Average rain fall is 3000 is a pleasant place to visit throughout the year. Ghatghar has unique geographical identity as you can observe a Day of Ghatghar is only of Four hours.
Saptashringi Devi Temple the temple of goddess Saptashringi resides 55 kms from Nashik at Wani. As you approach the temple a large rocky hill greets you. This is Saptashringi Hill. The goddess is known to have possessed 18 weapons in 18 hands and is positioned ready to fight the demons.Saptashringa Garh is a place where Goddess Bhagawati dwells.It is one of the most important of the places of Goddesses in Maharashtra. Saptashringa signifies seven mountain peaks. Nanduri village is situated at the foot of the Saptashringa Gad. In front of the temple there stands Markandeya Rishi's (sage) hill. The Saptashringa Gad is full of a variety of trees having medicinal worth. As per the story depicted in Ramayana, Hanuman carried the herbal medicine for wounded Laxmana from this hill. There are about 108 water reservoirs on the hill, known as Kundas.
Shri Sai Baba is revered as one of the greatest saints Endowed with unprecedented powers, and is worshipped as a God incarnate. This mysterious Fakir first made his appearance in Shirdi as a youth and remained there throughout his long life. He transformed the lives of those who met him and continuously is doing so even after his Samadhi in 1918 for those whose hearts are touched by his love and who pray and call him at any emergency in life for his blessings. Shirdi is 100 km away from Nashik.
Saputara means the 'Abode of Serpents' and a snake image on the banks of the river Sarpagana is worshiped by the Adivasis on Holi.This famous hill station equipped with adequate facilities is on the border of Maharashtra & Gujrat State. Different hill points for sunrise & a sunset makes this ideal tourist destination.From Saputara you may move ahead to the wildlife sanctuary in the Mahal Bardipura forest. At a distance of 60 km from Saputara the Mahal Bardipura forest is bestowed with rivers and bamboo glades thus offering excellent walking and trekking options.Saputara is only 172 km. from Surat and 250 km from Mumbai. Saputara will soon have its own airport as state government is considering the plan. Maharashtra state border is only 4 km away from Saputara. Excursions from Saputara can be made to the wild life sanctuary in the Mahal Bardipara forest, 60 km. from here and to Gira Waterfalls 52 km away.
Shani Shignapur is a village located in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra. It is about 35 km from Ahmednagar.The presiding deity of Shinganapur, Sri Shaneshwara or Lord Shanidev- the personification of the planet Saturn is worshipped with utmost reverence and devotion by multitudes of people from all over the world. The spectacle of the deity in black stone is overwhelming. A unique aspect of this place is, that no temple structure houses the Shanidev. There is only a simple platform on which stands the swayambhu idol, in black stone.Unlike other pilgrimage centres, devotees here can perform puja or abhishek or other religious rituals themselves.One of the unique aspects of the village Shiganapur is that houses here have no door- frames or locks on them for safety. They are in fact not needed. The people here believe that it is the benediction of the god that no crime ever occurs in this village.