Nashik is famous for its numerous temples constructed during the reigns of different rulers.
These include the magnificent ones at Sinnar, Anjaneri, Trimbakeshwar and those in the city itself.
Out of these, the temples at Sinnar and Anjaneri were constructed in around 11th – 12th century
CE by the Yadava kings and their feudatories. Out of these the Aishwaryeshwar Mandir and the
Gondeshwar Mandir at Sinnar are the most impressive with their beautiful sculptures. The temple
complex at Anjaneri consists of Jain and a few Hindu temples at the foot of the fort and the
legends identify the hill as the birthplace of Hanuman. The small town of Anjaneri is also
famous for the internationally acclaimed Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies.
It has a very informative money museum explaining the development of currency in India through
the ages. The temple at Trimbakeshwar, one of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ (the phallic emblem of
Shiva with fire), is considered the most sacred of all such places. The town of Trimbakeshwar
is located at the origin of the river Godavari, considered the Ganga of the Deccan.
The famous temple of Trimbakeshwar is devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple was constructed by
the Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao and houses a dozen Jyotirlingas. The sacred pond or the Kund,
Kusavarta that is in the premises of the temple is said to be the symbolic source of River
Godavari. The temple has a darker tinge because of its construction with the black stand
stone. The temple is also rich in its architecture and is a sculpted marvel.
This white marbled temple was built in 1971 with the marble from Makrana, Rajasthan.
The temple has a distinctive architecture. The Muktidham Temple houses all the twelve
Jyotirlings which makes the temple holy. The uniqueness of this temple lies in the fact
that its walls are inscribed with the verses of the entire Bhagwad Geeta.
Saptashrungi or the seven peaks is famous for its temple of Saptashrungi Nivasini. The
place is said to be sacred because it is believed that while carrying the body of Sati
(Lord Shiva’s Wife), her limbs fell down at this particular place. Saptashurngi Mountains
also find a place in Ramayana as it is believed that Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman used to
come here to seek the blessings of the goddess during their exile.
Kalaram Mandir, a prime pilgrimage destination for the Hindus lies in the Panchvati area
of Nashik. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ram and the statue of the lord inside the
temple is black in colour therefore the temple is called Kalaram Mandir. With Lord Ram
at the centre there are statues of Sita and Laxman on the sides. Built over a course of
twelve long years the structure is constructed with black stones and was also a part of
the Satyagrah Movement.
The holy waters of Ramkund are considered to be sacred for Lord Rama bathing in the
waters during his exile. The pond’s water is of high importance and draws a large number
of pilgrims to dip in the holy water of Ramkund. It is believed that Sitaji also bathe
in the same pond. Apart from the religious belief the change in the course of river Godavari,
taking a sharp ninety degree happens at this very pond.