Tuesday, November 15, 2011

India Pilgrimage- 1st part

There will be from time to time an update, at which holy places the pilgrimage group with Swami Vishwananda was right now. So here is the first part:

After all the Travellers met at night at Mumbay Airport they went by bus to Nashik which is one of the world's holiest Hindu cities. This place is important for Hindu rituals for theafterlife offerings. Kumbhmela is held here once in 12years along the river Godavari with four other cities in India.

Godavari Ghat: The Godavari is a river that runs from western to southern India and is considered to be one of thebig river basins in India.

The Godavari Temple was built by Elder MadhavraoPeshwa's mother, Gopikabai in 1760. This temple is open for devotees only during the period of Kumbhamela (once in 12 years) for 13 months. It is also called Ganga Temple.

Kalaram Mandir:

This temple was built in 1794 and is similar in its architectural design to the nearby Trimbakeshwar Temple. The temple is 70 feet in height and was the brainchild of Gopikabai Peshwa. It was built with black stone from the mines of Ramsej Hill. There is a beautiful gold-platedcopper peak on the temple. There are icons of Rama, Sita and Laxman lavishly adorned with adornments. The temple is surrounded by several smaller temples such as the Vithal Temple, Ganapati Temple and Maruti Temple.

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