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.
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
There are multiple places in India are claimed as the birthplace of Lord Hanuman
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 .
After coming near the mountain we came to know that this is not the one we were being told by the conductor . We had to move further
After around moving one and half kms a village comes where one can have darshan of Lord Hanuman if he does not want to trek the mountain.
Further a km moving forward we get the scenes
After 4 kms of walk from Nasik Trimbakeshwar road we reached base of the Trek where we found huts and small shops. We had water, lemon juice and clicked some pictures here . We asked how much is the place far from here . They said its going to be atleast 2 hours from here.
I was damn tired here because of continous walk for 4 kms and with hot sun straight on the head . I didn’t wanted to go up. Rested here for around 10 minutes.
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.
I took rest here . But this is still not Anjaneri mountain what we are trekking . This is another mountain . After climbing this one we will reach the base of Anjaneri Mountain.Then after around 15 minutes I started to move again. I was damn tired and hang over of Bhimashankar Trek was still there . Legs were paining a lot. I was feeling thirsty also.I shouted twice but there was no sign of Sandeep here . I badly wanted water and there was no sign of water also. Everything was dry.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.
Then path of trek goes between two hills .
I was feeling thirsty as ever after climbing those two hills below the scorching sun.
From Anjana Mata temple to Anjaneri Parvat
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.
Moving forward from the Anjaneri temple. And from no where a lake comes in between.A time for break .Water needed very badly . Whole throat is soaking dry . At this moment my voice was also not coming out. Whole pond is there but water is contaminated. One can bath inside but cannot drink this water.
Sandeep Jatdevta meets me near the pond
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
One can feel super cool wind blowing and marvelous scenes here .Still I have to climb the great mountain on the top. Now a point came from I could see Sandeep Jatdevta Trekking downwards. I waved at him from here. He cannot be seen in the picture. We can see the Anajani Mata temple where I had been.
Here comes a path to the cave where Lord Pawan Dev took Bal Hanuman when he was hit by Lord Indra by his Vajra when he swallowed sun in his mouth thinking it to be a mango fruit. And also his birth place. But I will take here you afterwards after complteing the full trek . Some say hanuman was born in the cave
Now we are heading towards the place where Mata Anjana mediated and Lord Shiva appeared before her to give a boon . After climbing around one km up on the Anjaneri Parvat , there is still one km to go towards the place where she meditated. I had first glimpse of the temple here. This was the place where Mata Anjana meditated and Lord Shiva appeared before her.
Ultimately final destination arrive where Mata Anjana meditated. There are two pindies where big one is of Mata Anjana and small one is of Bal Hanuman.
After having darshan and drinking water I headed for return trek .Still one more destination was pending that was the cave where Lord Hanuman was born. I showed a picture while climbing . From there is a small path which goes to the cave.
Here we arrive at the cave .
Besides the cave there was huge mace and it feels that someone stays here in isolated place , but I found no one here . Any way this was good place to roam.And inside around 10 meters there is a pindi denoting Lord Hanuman .You have to crawl here to get darshan . Its too dark inside .
A deep and secluded place . One can meditate as long as he wants.Eternal peace prevails here.Then after having darshan I returned back outside the cave .Then I started playing with the mace doing some actions .At that time a local villager came and took my pictures.
After that I started my journey downwards at super pace. While Trekking down I found a tree uprooted from its base but still hanging around. It can fall anytime on the head being fatal. So be careful while trekking. Then while descending down I saw two caves between the two hills. I didn’t see them while climbing . So I decided to see what is inside.
Wow ! In that I found a Old Jain temples in dilapidated state. No one come here. The place was stinking. But the sculptures look very ancient atleast 1000 year old and secluded. Poor site to see such a marvelous site in complete dismay.
Dear Soul Mates
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.
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