Day 01: Manmad / Kopergaon Railway station - Shirdi
Arrival at Manmad / Kopergaon Railway station ,meet our reprentative and transfer to Shirdi. Arrive at shirdi, check in to hotel. Take rest ,later visit to Dwarkamai & Chavadi.
Shirdi: Shirdi Sai temple is a beautiful shrine that was built over the Samadhi of Shri Sai Baba. Shirdi is located approximately 296 Kilometers from Mumbai (Bombay) City in India. Shirdi is famous temple of Shri Sai Baba. It was established in 1922 to carry out the services of Shri Sai Baba. At age of 16 yrs Shri Saibaba arrived at the village of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and remained their till his death. Saibaba found shelter in Khandoba temple, where a villager Mahalsapathi in the temple addressed him as Sai or Saint Sai baba.Shri Saibaba of Shirdi lived between 1838 and 1918, whose real name, birthplace and date of birth are not known. An Indian spiritual guru and a fakir, Shri Saibaba in Shirdi was regarded with great reverence by both Hindu and Muslim followers. Lord Sai lived in a mosque and after death his body was cremated in a temple. Sri Shirdi Sai philosophy ingrained 'Shraddha' meaning faith and 'Saburi' meaning compassion. According to god Sai, Shraddha and Saburi were the supreme attributes to reach the state of godliness.
Dwarkamai: adjacent to the Sai Baba Samadhi Temple complex.Dwarkamai is the mosque which was used by Sai Baba as his dwelling place for 60 years of his life till his demise in 1918. The mosque was named Dwarkamai by Sai Baba himself and this is the place where many of his miracles were performed and his Durbar was held.
Chavadi: Location is next to Dwarkamai .This holy place is situated next to Dwarkamai where Sai Baba used to sleep every alternate night. Sai Baba was taken to Chavadi in a decorated Palkhi by his disciples. The practice of spending alternate nights at Chavadi began on 10th December 1909 which continued until 1918, his Mahanirvan. Today, every Thursday night Baba's footprints are carried from Dwarkamai to Chavadi in a ceremonial procession. Chavadi is a small house which has two rooms. The room in which Baba used to sleep is not accessible to women even today. The Asan (seat) where Sai Baba used to sit and the wooden platform on which his last bath was solemnized after his annihilation are kept in the Chavadi.
Evening attend to Arti at Shirdi Dham. Later back to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel at Shirdi.
Day 02: Shirdi – Shanisingnapur – Nasik (210 Kms)
Early morning proceed for sai Darshan / kakad Arti (optional) .After breakfast check out from hotel. Then proceed to Nasik ,enroute visit Shani Shignapur.
Shani shignapur: Shani Shignapur is a village located in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra. It is about 75 km from Shirdi.It will take 2hrs drive from one side.The presiding deity of Shinganapur, Sri Shaneshwara or Lord Shanidev- the personification of the planet Saturn is worshipped with utmost reverence and devotion by multitudes of people from all over the world. The spectacle of the deity in black stone is overwhelming. A unique aspect of this place is, that no temple structure houses the Shanidev. There is only a simple platform on which stands the swayambhu idol, in black stone.Shingnapur village is known not only known for its popular temple of Shani, the Hindu god of planet Saturn, but is also famous for the fact that no house has doors; the fear of god preventing any thefts.
Nasik: Nashik has a personality of its own, due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. The city is situated on the banks of the Godavari River, making it one of the holiest places for Hindus all over the world. Nashik has a rich historical past, as the mythology has it that Lord Rama, the King of Ayodhya, made Nashik his adobe during his 14 years in exile. At the same place Lord Laxman, by the wish of Lord Rama, cut the nose of "Shurpnakha" and thus this city was named as "Nasik".In Kritayuga, Nashik was 'Trikantak', 'Janasthana' in Dwaparyuga and later in Kuliyuga it became 'Navashikh' or 'Nashik'. Renowed poets like Valmiki, Kalidas and Bhavabhooti have paid rich tributes here. Nashik in 150 BC.was beleived to be the country's largets market place. From 1487 A.D, this province came under the rule of Mughals and was known as 'Gulchanabad'. It was also home of emperor Akbar and he has written at lenght about Nashik in 'Ein-e-Akbari'. It was also known as the 'Land of the brave' during the regime of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Arrive at Nasik, transfer to hotel,check in to hotel.take rest ,later afternoon proceed for sightseeing of Nasik.
Panchavati: is a famous religious and pilgrimage place in India. he name is derived from the Sanskrit for Banyan Tree. It has been proposed to identify it with the modern Nasik, because Lakshmana cut off Surpanakha's nose (nasika) at Panchavati. According to Hindu legends and Ramayana Rama, along with his wife Sita and brother Laxman, stayed in Panchavati during their Vanvasa period. The famous Laxman Rekha is located in Panchavati about a kilometre away from Sita Gupha. It was from here that Ravana abducted Goddess Sita. Today this area is a major pilgrimage and tourist attraction. Panchavati is one of the coolest and cleanest area of Nasik.
Sita Gufa: Sita Gufaa is a place where Sita was kidnapped by king Ravana. It is situated at the west door of the Kalaram Temple. There are five banyan trees called Panchavati situated within the premises. It has beautiful idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmna.
Kalaram temple: The architectural design of this temple is similar to the nearby Trimbakeshwar Temple. The 70 ft temple was built in 1794 by Gopikabai Peshwa. The temple is built of black stone, from the mines of Ramsej Hill and consists of a gold-plated copper peak. The temple houses ornamental icons of Rama, Sita and Lakshman.
Sundernarayan temple: On the banks of the river Godavari is the Sundarnarayan temple, built in 1756 by King Gangadhar Yashwant Chandrachud. The main god is Lord vishnu, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Lord Narayana, Hanuman, and Indira carvings can also be found here. The temple has globular domes.
Ganga ghat: One of the famous holy places in India, Nask is a hub of religious activities, which are centered around the sacred banks of the Godaveri River.The banks of this holy river is wizened with well maintained ghats and numerous temples. These bathing ghats reverberate with holy recites of people who gathers there to offer the last rituals of their beloved ones.
Later evening back to hotel,free for leisure, overnight stay at hotel at Nasik.
Day 03: Naisk – Trayambakeswer – Nasik(35kms -45hrs from one side):
After breakfast checkout from hotel ,proceed to Trayambakeswer jyotirling darshan.
Trayambakeshwer: This Jyotirlinga is located at Trimbakeshwar, in Maharashtra. The construction of the temple was done in the Nagara style of architecture. It is surrounded by a massive stone wall and adorned with many sculptures. The structure today is a result of reconstruction done during the 18th century by the Peshwa Balaji Bajirao. The sanctum tower is crowned with a giant amalaka and a golden kalasha. Inside a marble of Shiva's mount the bull Nandi, can be found.
After Darshan later back to Nasik,transfer to Nasik Railway station for your onward journey.
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