Nasik is a town located 190 km northeast from Bombay on the banks of Godavari river, which flows across middle India to Bay of Bengal. It has approximately 800 000 inhabitants. This place was called Padmanagar in Satya-yuga, Trikanta in Treta-yuga, Janasthana in Dvapara-yuga and Nasik in Kali-yuga.

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Sri Ramacandra lived in Nasik for some time during His exile. Ravana also kidnapped Sita here.

Nasik got its name because Laksmana cut Surpanaka's nose here.

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Kumbha-mela is held here every 12 years.

Sri Chaitanya also visited Nasik on His travels around India.

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Ramakund is a water tank where Ramacandra and Sita took bath. It is a main place of pilgrimage in Nasik. The bones dissolves in this tank and until now the bones of important people of India are thrown in this lake. Sri Ramacandra performed funeral rites in memory of His father Dasaratha here. In recent history, the bones of Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Rajendra Prasad and other important personalities were dissolved in this sacred lake.

3 x bigger picture in new window The temple of Sundara-Narayana built in 1756 is interesting from architectonic point of view. Deities of Laksmi and Vishnu are 90 cm tall. The temple is located on the opposite side of the Godavari river.
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Demigod Ganesh is known for creating and removing obstacles in all spheres of activity. Srila Rupa Gosvami in Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu (the Nectar of Devotion) said that devotees should worship Ganapati to help them remove obstacles on the path of devotional service to Krishna.

Ganesh is usually worshipped at the beginning of different functions and projects and he is kept as doorkeeper at entrances.

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He has one tusk only, because the other one was used for writing the Vedas, dictated by Vyasadeva. In the other hand he can have chopper symbolizing the cutting of illusion and falsities or a rod symbolizing his emphasis for proper spiritual discipline or noose for capturing wild animals representing lusty desires... ...or he can hold sweets for which he has genuine fondness.

English texts, selection of images, design:
Tattva-darsi das
Most texts are based on the information from Jada Bharata's book Holy Places of India,
which contains many additional information useful for travelers. It can be found on:

Photographs from his travels:
Radha-raman das


November 2001
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