the_little_sasi (the_little_sasi) wrote,

A trip to Nasik...

On Friday went to Nasik on invitation to inaugurate the CSI Student Chapter of ABT College of Engg (?). Used the time to explore a bit of Nasik. The chapter inauguration was good - well organised and executed. I was chief guest for the occassion. Gave a chief guest address asking the chapter to look at doing usedul things, than just looking at a name-tag. Building practical skills, going beyond curriculum, addressing social requirements, building local language content, etc were some of the themes. In a detailed seminar, covered open source and cloud computing.

In the Nasik exploration, checked out Navshya Ganpati - beautiful location near a small river (name = ?). Lots of copper bells and coconuts - apparently this is known for granting your wishes - from devotees. Then had Siva darshan at Someshwar - a bit further on the same river bank.

Then we went to Panchvadi - known for its Ramayana connection. Had darshan at Kalaram mandir for Ram/Lakshman/Sit - nice architecture, built with stone slabs -- and Seetha gupha, the cave where Sita was staying during the vanvaas. At Tapovan, about 3 km from there, saw where Lakshman cut off Shurpanakha's nose -- the place where the nose was thrown to is nasik (nasika - nose). And also the caves where Hermits were staying, etc.

On the way back, saw Pandav Leni -- over a hill side, where Pandavas were staying during their vanvas. Did not climb up - since it was late.
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