Harishchandragad

A
Harishchandragad –
Ultimate trekking
destination!!
Date of visit: 4th Jan 2009
Route:
Kurla-Igatpuri-Ghoti-Rajur-
Pachnai-Harishchandragad-
Khireshwar-Kalyan
HEIGHT : 1424 METERS
Harishchandragad
The fort is quite ancient. Remnants of Microlithic man have been discovered
here. The various Puranas (ancient scriptures) like Matsyapurana, Agnipurana
and Skandapurana include many references about Harishchandragad. Its origin
is said to have been in 6th century, during the rule of Kalchuri dynasty. The
citadel was built during this era. The various caves probably have been carved
out in the 11th century. In these caves are idols of Lord Vishnu. Though the
cliffs are named Taramati and Rohidas, they are not related to Ayodhya. Great
sage Changdev (one who created the epic “Tatvasaar”), used to meditate here
in 14th century. The caves are from the same period. The various constructions
on the fort and those existing the surrounding region point to the existence of
diverse cultures here. The carvings on the temples of Nageshwar (in
Khireshwar village), in the Harishchandreshwar temple and in the cave of
Kedareshwar indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period, since it is
related to Shaiva, Shakta or Naath. Later the fort was under the control of
Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747.
From Kurla
To Kalyan
Bhandaradara lake
Pimpalgaon lake
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2-1/2 hr Rail
Journey begins
from Kurla to
Igatpuri
Harishchandragad
Saumya, Sandesh, Amar and Hitest
Lunch of Misal-pav and Bhaji at Igatpuri
GHOTI
Bus from Igatpuri to ghoti
Ghoti to Rajur and then
to Pachnai (2-1/2 hr)
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Pachnai village - at the
foothills of Harishchandragad
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Dinner of Dal-Bhakri-Bhat at
Subhash Bharmal’s house
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The lunch-room was shared with
Subhash’s goats due to winter
Ready for use
T.P.
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Night outside
Subhash’s house
The ‘paar’ with
village gods
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The ultimate
Catch by Saumya
Village women
carrying water
from nearby well
Morning tea
We are here
The 1-1/2 hr
trek begins
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Pachanai Village
Yaad aa rahi hai, teri yaad aa rahi hai
Strong roots!
Earth vanished
below the tree
Gap inside the
mountain is a
road and also
a place where
one can spend
night
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Honeycombs
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Looking back after reaching the platee
Looking back after reaching the plateu
View after reaching the plateu -
Balekilla
View after reaching the plateu -
Taramati (2nd highest point after
Kalsubai) and Rohidas peaks
Harishchandreshwar
Temple
Where eagles dare
Temple of Harishchandreshwar
This temple is marvelous example of the fine art of carving sculptures out of stones that
prevailed in ancient India. It is about 16 m high from its base. Around this temple there a
few caves & ancient water tanks. The river Mangal Ganga is said to originate from one
of the tanks located close to the temple. The top of the temple resembles construction
with the north-Indian temples. A similar temple is situated in Buddha-Gaya.
The ancient "SHIVA" temple is built up in "Hemadpanthi style" i.e. No sealing
component used between two stones on each other.
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Saptatirtha Pushkarni
To the east of the temple is a well-built water tank called “Saptatirtha”. On its bank are
temple-like constructions in which there are idols of Lord Vishnu. Recently these idols
have been shifted in the caves near the temple of Harishchandreshwar.
Saptatirtha Pushkarni
‘other side’
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Entrance to Shiva temple
Ganesh
Kedareshwar Cave
This is the cave of Kedareshwar, close to the temple. There is a big
Shivlinga, which is totally surrounded by water. The total height from its
base is five feet, and the water is waist-deep. The water is ice-cold.
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Caves
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View of the temple and
surround area
2-3 Tents for Rs. 300 a night/tent
available.
Courtesy: www.amezingsahyadri.com
Harishchandragad
Amar desperately checking
mobile range at Konkankada
We are here
RIGHT SIDE
LEFT SIDE
Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff) RIGHT SIDE
The most interesting point on this fort is this cliff, which has always fascinated many
people from many years. The cliff faces west and looks down upon the Konkan.
We were here in the
earlier photograph
Konkan Kada - MIDDLE ARC
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Konkan Kada - LEFT SIDE
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Saumya
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Lunch (Batatyachi bhaaji, Bhakri, Zunka
Bhakar) locally prepared (Rs. 50 per plate)
Balekilla
Dried grass being
burnt in the forest (?)
Harishchandragad
04-Jan-2009
09-Jul-2006
Lion’s statue at the Tolar Khind
junction where paths from Levali
and Khireshwar join
Rock patch with railing
Naturally formed orifice
From Khireshwar to Khubi
Phata (Malshej ghat) on tempo
Harishchandragad
Desperately checking mobile
range in Malshej Ghat while
waiting for bus for Kalyan
Bus from Khubi phata to Kalyan (2-1/2 hours)
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