ONE TOUR,TWO GHUMAKKARS,THREE JYOTIRLINGS, FOUR TREKS
- TREK TO BHIMASHANKAR JYOTIRLING : Till Shidi Ghat
- TREK TO BHIMASHANKAR JYOTIRLING : Shidi Ghat to Nagfani Peak
- BHIMASHANKAR TEMPLE AND JYOTIRLINGA
- ANJANERI MOUNTAIN (PARVAT) : Birth place of Lord Hanuman
- TRIMBAKESHWAR : Brahmagiri Mountain and Gangadwar
- TRIMBAKESHWAR TEMPLE AND JYOTRILINGA
- GRISHNESHWAR TEMPLE AND JYOTIRLINGA
- DAULATABAD FORT : THE UNCONQUERABLE ONE
Dear Divine Souls,
In last last post we had been to Bhimashankar Temple and our trip moves towards Trimbakeshwar near Nasik which houses another jyotirlinga among the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. We had stayed at Sangamner which comes between Nasik and Manchar so that we can save some time in the morning. Morning at 6.00 AM we both were ready and went to ST bus stop. From there we caught bus for Nasik. Nasik is around 70 kms from Sangamner.
|Map : Bhimashankar to Trimbakeshwar|
Sangamner to Nasik and Nasik to Anjaneri Parvat
The way between Sangamner and Nasik was full of greenery and agricultural fields . Around 8.00 o clcock we reached Nasik . And after reaching Nasik we went to another bus stop called CBS from where we get bus for Trimbakeshwar. Trimbakeshwar is 25 kms from Nasik. We had two treks in Trimbakeshwar out of which one we were going to do today and one next day . First one was Trek to Anjaneri Parvat and other one was Brahmagiri Mountain. So two days we were going to stay in Trimbakeshwar. As soon as we sat in the bus we thought to get down at a point 4 kms before Trimbakeshwar from where one can go to Anjaneri Parvat.
Legend : Story of Birth of Lord Hanuman
Anjaneri Parvat ( Mountain) is the place where Mata Anajaneri mother of Lord Hanuman meditated to get boon from Lord Shiva for a son. Anjana was an apsara who was born on earth as a female vanara due to a curse. She would be redeemed from this curse on her giving birth to a son. His father Kesari was the son of Brihaspati and that Kesari also fought on Rama's side in the war against Ravana.] Anjana and Kesari performed intense prayers to Lord Shiva to get a child. Pleased with their devotion,:Lord Shiva granted them the boon they sought. Hanuman, in another interpretation, is the incarnation or reflection of Lord Shiva himself.
Another account says , Anjana was worshipping Shiva. At that time King Dasharatha of Ayodhya was also performing the ritual of Putrakama yagna in order to have children. As a result, he received some sacred pudding (Kheer) to be shared by his three wives, leading to the births of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata, and Shatrughna. A kite snatched a fragment of that pudding and dropped it while flying over the forest where Anjana was engaged in worship. Vayu, the Hindu deity of the wind, delivered the falling pudding to the outstretched hands of Maa Anjana, who consumed it and Hanuman was born to her as a result
|On the way between Sangamner and Nasik|
1) According to one theory, Hanuman was born on Anjaneya Hill, in Hampi, Karnataka.This is located near the Risyamukha mountain on the banks of the Pampa, where Monkey King Sugreeva and Lord Rama are said to have met in Ramayana Legend.
2) Anjan, a small village about 18 km away from Gumla, Bihar , houses ANJAN DHAM , which is said to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. The name of the village is derived from the name of the goddess Maa Anjani, the mother of Hanuman. Aanjani Cave, 4 km from the village, is believed to be the place where Mata Aanjani once lived. Many objects and items of archaeological importance obtained from this site are now held at the Patna Museum.
3) The Anjaneri (or Anjneri) mountain, located 8 km from Trimbakeshwar in the Nasik district, is also claimed as the birthplace of Hanuman. One has trek around 6 kms up from the base of the trek to reach the birth place.
4) A cave in a hill near Gokarna, one of the oldest temple towns of India, is also said to be the birthplace of Hanuman. This cave has had a Hanuman temple for a long time. Gokarna, situated in west coast of Karnataka, is known for Atma Linga of Shiva, installed by Ganapathi to save it from the hands of Ravana long before Ramayana days.
Among the above four different places which claimed to be birth place of Lord Hanuman, we are going to go towards the place no 3. that is Anjaneri Parvat near Trimbakeshwar. We decided to do the trek of Anjaneri Parvat firt and then to go towards Trimbakeshwar. To go towards Anjaneri Parvat one has to get down 4 kms before Timbakeshwar on Nasik - Trimbakeshwar road and take a right. After taking right one has walk or take a rickshaw to go towards the base of Anjaneri Parvat where trek starts .
We reached the place from where we had to go towards the mountain on Nasik - Trimbak road in around 45 minutes. We kept our belongings at a hotel on the road and asked a person to take us towards the trek. But Sandeep Jat wanted to walk down towards the base . This created argument between us. Why we want unnecessary walk towards the base from where we already have to trek around 6 kms upwards. But the car driver told us that he will charge us Rs. 500 till the base which is 4 kms away from road which is absolutely unethical . So we decided to walk.
Is this the Anjaneri Parvat ? Conductor in the bus showed us the same mountain the thumb shaped. We went towards the mountain .
|Towards Anjaneri Mountain (Parvat)|
|Towards Anjaneri Parvat|
|A Statue Of Bhagwan Mahavir in between moving further.|
|Temple of Lord Hanuman and village|
|After crossing the village one can see a small dam and reservior on the river for storing water.|
|Village and Lord Hanuman temple|
|A well in between . Is the mountain in front Anjaneri Parvat ? Lets see|
|One more mountain in between|
|Base of the Trek|
|At the base of the trek we get stairs to go up.|
Finally we started to trek up , Initially the trek has stairs. Then a point came where Sandeep Jatdevta moves forward and I take a rest here. I don't know how costly this is going to be, Sandeep moving forward and not waiting for me. Yes it was damn costly as he took water bottle with him.
One thing which is very amazing about Sandeep Jatdevta is that his speed while trekking and walking is same . The level of tiredness is also same . I mean whether he walks or treks it is same for him. It does not bother him much. This trek was much more simpler than Bhimashankar infact negligible in front of Bhimashankar Trek.
|Jatdevta going up|
|Trek towards Anjaneri Mountain.|
Then a path comes where there are stones and just six inch wide which was very dangerous. Around 50 meter of deadly path really scared me.
|Deadly 50 m deadly path that scared me just 6 - 12 inches wide|
|Still to go between those two hills|
|A view from back side.|
|I climbed from here between two hills|
|We reached the point between the two hills|
|Anjaneri Mountain in front|
In between there is Anjana Temple . After trekking for around 3 kms we reach a temple called Anjana Mata Temple. I was under the impression that I will get water to drink here. But I didn't find a drop. No one was inside the temple just a local person. Even he didn't had water . I came to know here that the one which climbed now was not Anjaneri Parvat. Anjaneri Parvat is seen in the pictures below behind the Anjaneri Temple.
|Anjaneri Mata temple|
|Anjaneri Mata Temple in between (Anjaneri Parvat behind)|
|Idols Inside : Anjaneri Mata ,Lord Hanuman and Shivalinga inside the temple|
|Anjaneri Parvat forward|
|A pond on the hill.|
Suddenly When I was resting from somewhere Sandeep Jatdevta comes in between . The first Thing I ask from him is water. After having water from him he said that he complted his trek to the mountain and on the way back . Tremendous speed. Still 2 km were pending from here. Although my physical state was not at the best and I was puffing and tired . But my attitude was positive . So I decided to go up. Sandeep went down and said he will meet me at the base of the trek
|Moving on Anjaneri Mountain|
|Beautiful Scene from top showing the pond on the mountain and reservoir dam below|
|Anjaneri Parvat : Still to go up.|
|On the top of the mountain : Anjaneri Parvat|
|On the top of the mountain :Anjaneri Parvat|
|Way to the cave .|
|On the way towards the place where Mata Anjana mediated on the top of the Parvat|
|Temple of Mata Anjana and Lord Hanuman|
|Near the temple : top of Anjaneri Parvat|
|Two pindies : Maa Anjana and Lord Hanuman|
|Path towards the cave where Lord Hanuman took birth|
|Near the cave where Lord Hanuman took birth|
|Lord Hanuman birth cave|
|A pindi denoting Lord Hanuman inside the cave .|
|Have Darshan : Hanuman Pindi|
|Coming back out of the cave 10 m deep|
|Then I had some action with the mace|
|Jay Shree Ram|
|Two caves on the climb between two hills|
|Jain temples Entrance|
|In the second cave there was a small kunda with water inside|
|Idols in Jain temples : Trek to Anjaneri Parvat|
At around 3.00 oclock I reached down where Jatdevta was resting . I had two glasses of lemon juice and then via auto we went to Nasik Trimbak road which was 4 kms away from base point at Rs. 50 per head. From there we headed to Trimbakeshwar in bus and started looking for place to stay. In next post I will take you to Trimbakeshwar which houses one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and places around it. Till then
Jai Bhole. Jai Shree Ram.