Nashik (Maharashtra)

The main Sahyadri range passes through the western part of Nashik. Nashik is most probably the religious capital of Maharashtra.

Trayambkeshwar in Nashik is one of the holiest pilgrimages of the Hidus as it is seat of one of the twelve 'jyotirlingas'. Trayambakeshwar Temple is at the origin of river Godavari.

The famous hill-temple of Saptashringi Devi is 45 kms from Nashik. Seated on Saptshringi Hill, Saptshringi Temple is dedicated to the goddess with 18 hands in possession of 18 weapons to kill the demons. The journey to the temple passes through Sitakund at Mhasrul village where Sita, the wife of Lord Rama used to bathe. This destination is filled with stories and legends connected to the Ramayana.

At Chandwad, the summer capital of the historic Ahilyadevi Holkar of Indore, still has a palace called Rang Mahal with colourful frescoes and a huge stone-cellar where female royalty spent their summer season. The hills nearby offered opportunity for big-game shooting of leopards and panthers some years ago. In the Ramayana period, Lord Rama, Seeta and Laxman spent several years of their 12 year exile in Tapovana and Panchavati near Nashik city. The Sinhashta (a type of Kumbha Mela) is held every twelve years on the banks of river Godavari.

Bajra, groundnut and grapes are the main farm products. Lasalgaon is the biggest onion market in India. Nandumadhmeshwar is an ancient archaeological site where a dam on the confluence of the Godavari and Gima help irrigate the huge wheat producing belt around them. Nandumadhmeshwar is also called as 'Bharatpur of Maharashtra'. Yeola is still famous for pure silk garments with gold brocade and Malegaon for handloom and powerloom cloth and sarees for poor and middle class women.

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