Nasik – A Place of Rituals for After Life Offering

John Milton said that death is the ‘Golden Key’ that opens the palace of eternity. In fact, life is a very precious possession we have been blessed with. Our body may perish as it becomes old. But we are never dead, only our bodies are substituted by new bodies. In order to commemorate this holy change of body, Hindus perform rituals for performing the afterlife offering or ‘Pinda Daana’ at Nasik.

Nasik is an ancient holy city in the state of Maharashtra in Western India. It is a place of pilgrimage to Hindus and one of the four venues for holding the Kumbha Mela festival, once in every twelve years. Myth has it that, this is the place where Lord Rama spent 14 years of his exile at Tapovan, near Nasik. A great number of visitors are attracted to see the birth place of Vinayak Damodar Sarvakar, the great freedom fighter who was born in Nasik.

Although the divine Annihilator, Shiva is also known as Asutosha and can be pleased very easily. Nasik hosts one of the twelve ‘Jyotirlinga’ that attracts devotees of Shiva for making their offerings to get his bliss and bounty. Besides, the Brahma Kund at Trambakeshwar has special attraction because it is believed that, during ancient time, during transportation, drops of ‘Amreet’ fell into this holy Kund.

Sai Baba of Sirdi is the most adorable and the most worshipped deity. Devotees throng to his residence at Sird that lies 90 km away from Nasik. Besides fulfilling the material craving, one can attain spiritual enlightenment by taking darshan of Sirdi Sai Baabaa.

Those having interest in movie and music will be greatly exhilarated to visit Nasik because it is the birth place of Dada Saheb Phalke, the founder of the Indian movie. Starting with Raja Harishchandra in the year 1913 he made 95 films in the span of 19 years. The composer of the National Anthem and ‘Saare Jahaan Se Accha’, Pt Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, the author and composer of Indian classical music.

Nasik is situated on the bank of the sacred river, Godavari. Because of its location in the basin of the high Sahyadri Hills, Nasik, it provides a very comfortable ambience for living. October to March has pleasant and moderate temperature for outings and sight-seeing.

On the river Godavari has the highest congregation of visitors because of its legend associated with Lord Rama’s exile or Banvaas. The Pandavleni Caves located on the Trivashmi Hills showcases the carved doorways and brilliant sculptures on a cluster of Hinavana Buddhist rock.Those having interest in nature will be thrilled at the sight of Dudh Sagar Waterfalls, in Someshwar.

Ganga Ghat on the holy river is the place where people assemble to offer prayer for the souls of their loved ones who left for their heavenly abode. The Kalaram temple enshrines Lord Rama, Sita and Laksmana, Kapilshwar Temple enshrines Lord Shiva, Naroshankara temple enshrines Lord Sankara, Sundarnaravan Temple enshrines Lord Vishnu.

Life is a continuous process and is a part and parcel of Universal Life and hence it partakes of the attributes of the latter. Nasik evidences this.