Monday, January 17, 2011

Other Places to visit in Nashik - Tapovan

Tapovan is a province which was blessed by the touch of Lord Rama’s feet during His exile. It was later used by the monks and sages for their spiritual advancement and welfare of the public in general. Tapovan literally means jungle for meditation and penance.

Idols of Lord Rama, Laxman and Goddess Sita at Tapovan
[ Idols of Lord Rama, Laxman and Goddess Sita at Tapovan ]

The beautiful setting of the river and the rocks amidst greenery
[ The beautiful setting of the river and the rocks amidst greenery ]

Set amidst lush greenery, this place is nice, tranquil and a scenic spot with its soft flowing streams, and rocks. I love to sit on the rocks and spend some quiet time here.

The Sangam of rivers Kapila and Godavari at Tapovan
[ The confluence of rivers Kapila and Godavari at Tapovan ]

There is a Kapila Tirth where the sage is believed to have meditated.

Kapila Tirth where sage Kapil meditated - Tapovan, Nashik
[ Kapila Tirth ]

There are 3 kunds which, according to the guide, are known as Brahmatirth, Shivtirth and Vishnutirth. They are linked to each other at the bottom by narrow paths. There is another kund known as Agnitirth which he said is very deep and is the place where Lord Rama had hidden the real Sita while keeping the shadow Sita with Him who was later abducted by Ravana from the Sita Gumpha, seen in the earlier post.

Various kunds - Brahmatirth, Shivtirth, Vishnutirth and Agnitirth at Tapovan - Nashik
[ Various kunds - Brahmatirth, Shivtirth, Vishnutirth and Agnitirth ]

Just across Tapovan is Parnkuti believed to be Lord Rama’s Cottage.

The Parnkuti Temple where Lord Rama is said to have lived during the exile
[ The Parnkuti Temple ]

A few paces ahead you will come across the only temple belonging to Lord Rama’s brother Laxman in the country.

The Temple of Lord Laxman where He meditated - Tapovan, Nashik
[ The Temple of Lord Laxman ]

Place where Lord Laxman cut Suparnakha's nose - Tapovan, Nashik
[ Place where Lord Laxman cut Suparnakha's nose ]

Laxman meditated here for 12 years to kill the son of Ravana, Meghnad, which is how the place got its name, Tapovan. This is also the place where he is said to have cut the nose of Ravana’s sister Suparnakha and threw it on the other side of the River Godavari. Thus the city got its name Nashik, meaning nose.

There is also a swayambhu (self manifested) idol of Lord Hanuman and a temple of snake Sheshnag, the seat of Lord Vishnu who incarnated as Laxman nearby.

Self manifested idol of Lord Hanuman
[ Lord Hanuman idol ]

The Temple of snake Sheshnag, the seat of Lord Vishnu who incarnated as Laxman
[ Sheshnag Temple ]

To read about some other Temples in Nashik go to the following links:-
To read about Kalaram Temple, Goraram Temple and Panchvati - Click Here
To read about Sundernarayan Temple, Muktidham Temple and other temples in Nashik - Click Here


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25 comments:

  1. nice pictues... to have temples amidst greenery is good. temples are small, but they have a lot of history within them... amazing!!!

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  2. Quite a place to spend some time quietly indeed. The photos and narration help take the viewer to the spot. Very good post Arti..

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  3. Nice informative post and nice pics

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  4. This is terrific, it's like travelling with a tourist Guide and never leaving home, well done Arti!

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  5. Very interesting. And the photos are great.

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  6. beautiful pics of tapowan and temples with short info.

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  7. Interesting images, they bring the feel of warm and exotic latitudes.;) So nice to see when we are in the depths of winter in my part of the world.
    Thank you so much for your recent visit and comment,
    xoxo

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  8. Hi Arti -- some of that story was quite scary! We have Native American myths that frighten me too ;>)... I believe this would be a beautiful place to meditate. Not sure about the penance thing -- don't think I'm so much into that.

    I scrolled down as far as I could to catch up on the beautiful temples and architecture. As always thank you for sharing your lovely pictures and the bits of history. I always learn something from my visits.

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  9. Very pretty and inspiring again - i love especially the Temple of Lord Laxman with it's beautiful paint. Many greetings from white, foggy germany ;)

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  10. Thanks for sharing, its pretty cool. This year I'm looking forward to take a break and enjoy nature as I go for vacation, well maybe after I find some Texas Hill Country Land For Sale . Anyway I really like your blog and i really appreciate the excellent quality content you are posting here.

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  11. Beautiful place loved the second photo!

    US Masala

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  12. Great pictures and description. Very nice blog.

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  13. What an amazing land of contrasts! Love the lushness (but not the cut off nose so much)... Great shots - great atmosphere.

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  14. Such a beautiful place and the photos are stunning, Arti.

    Have a lovely day :-)

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  15. WHAT a wonderful TOUR you gave with this great Imagines and explanations of a "far, far away world", fascinating and so colourfull!!

    Thank you so much for your visit in my tuscany!!

    ( I've been in Bombay many time and didn't have the time unfortunately to visit more of India....perhaps one day...!!)

    ciao ciao and a wonderful, sunny weekend!!
    elvira

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  16. Wonderful blog Arti and I love the way you provide the details in such an engaging manner!

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  17. Arti, nice to browse through historical and religious places through your post. Nasik many a times i have been during the late 90's but never took much interest, except Pandav Leni.

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  18. Wonderful information and beautiful shots of the place.

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  19. Wow!! very peaceful place to meditate :)
    Nice pics arti :)

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  20. all in one master piece :) wow!!!

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  21. beautiful post & picturesque narration

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  22. This is such a beautiful plea Arti...I am certainly going there next time :)

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