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Pritha Manchanda Jul 14 2015

What is Kumbh Mela 2015 Nashik all about?

Jigyasha Prasad Jul 14 2015
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Kumbh Mela 2015 is being held in Trimbakeshwar, a small and sleepy hamlet in Nashik district. Trimbak as Trimbakeshwar is affectionately called, looks outstandingly beautiful during the monsoons and the very existence of this town is firmly centered around the magnificent Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple. The famous Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years when a temporary mela township comes up around Nashik.

All about Kumbh in Trimbakeshwar

The Kushavarta Tirtha holy pond near the temple is the venue of the Kumbh Mela held once in 12 years.The pond was constructed before the main Trimbakeshwar Temple, close to Nashik, and is also one of the four places where drops of heavenly nectar (amrit) fell according to the Kumbh mela legend.

Photo by Delusion23

The Kushavarta Tirtha is a huge 94 ft by 85 ft pond surrounded by several columns and arches, which have very beautiful carvings depicting the forms of Lord Shiva. The temple here has four domes and a golden spire, which was donated by Annasaheb Vinchurkar, a general in the Peshwa army.

Photo by Niraj Suryawanshi

Starting off the Event

This year the Kumbh Mela started from 14th July and the main ceremony of flag hoisting would be at the Ram Kunda followed by first shahi snan (holy dip)on 29th August, 2015. Many religious, cultural, economical and even political organizations, besides government departments, set up temporary camps in the mela area. The main sahi snan would be on 13th September.

Photo from official Facebook page of Maharashtra Tourism Website

Accessibility to Trimbakeshwar

The sacred town of Trimbakeshwar is well-connected from cities like Mumbai, Shirdi and Nashik (28 km), which is the nearest railhead as well. You can easily get a taxi for INR 700-800 from Nashik to Trimbakeshwar and it takes around an hour to reach here. The drive is simply awesome, specially in monsoon with mist all over the Sahyadri Range making it a sight to behold.

Photo by Akshay Bihari Lall

From Mumbai, the most convenient trains are Godavari Express and Tapovan Express and you can take private taxis from the Central Bus stand (Mumbai) as well. Trimbakeshwar is also a 2-hour drive from the holy town of Shirdi and there are loads of private taxis operating on a regular basis.

Unknown Facts about Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

At the centre of the town stands the majestic, black stone temple of Lord Shiva. At Trimbak there are three swayambhu (self-emanating) lingas, each one uniquely representing Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva himself. They do not rise above the ground but lie in an aperture below.

Photo of temple by official Facebook page of Maharashtra Tourism Website

The Jyotirlinga is housed in a small depression inside and the Godavari river constantly pours out of the linga. The legends has it that the Godavari river was furious and in destructive mood and that’s why Lord Shiva tied her up in his linga to save the locals. The mandap, which has doors on all four sides, usually sees pujaris and devotees immersed in individual pujas. Even though the entry is free, you have to pay INR 200 per person if you want to avoid the long queue at the temple.

Things to Explore in Trimbakeshwar

To enjoy a trip to Trimbak and sights nearby, we recommend that you stay for at least a couple of days in the town. Autorickshaws are the best way to get around though they do not run on meters and some bargaining is inevitable. The evergreen Brahmagiri hill close to the main temple is a popular tourist hotspot.

If you are a trekker by heart, walk up to the Neel Parbat, taking a flight of 200 stone steps. This 45 mins to an hour trek up the hill can be best done around sunrise or late afternoon. Alternatively, you can take an autorickshaw for INR 40 (round-trip from Trimbak Temple to the temples on Neel Parbat).

Stay and Eat Out Options

The main market of Trimbakeshwar is lined with decent stay options such as Hotel Sai Yatri, Hotel Sahyadri and Hotel Dhruv Palace, you can easily get a room for INR 500 onwards. The rooms are basic, clean and are good for relaxing and unwinding after a hectic day. There is this MTDC Resort which is a nice option, away from the hustle bustle of city chaos.

Photo by official website of Hotel Sahyadri

As for the dining, the hotels have in-house restaurants but you can still explore other local restaurants in town. If you are looking for a good thali, all fingers in Trimbak will point to Ambika Bhojanalaya, which serves excellent Gujarati thalis. Kamath, located in the main market, is perhaps the best one with quick service and lavish menu of south Indian, north Indian and Chinese cuisines.

Photo by mlinksva

Shopping in Trimbakeshwar

The shops dotting the main street outside the Trimbak Temple offer an array of things crafted in copper. Do spend some time here.

Photo by Marco Zanferrari

Want to go on a trip to Nashik to know more about the Kumbh Mela? Well, I hope the above information would be useful in planning a visit to Nasik as well as Trimbakeshwar. Don’t forget to share your experience with us!

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