Modakeshwar Ganesh Temple
This ancient temple of Ganapati facing east is situated at Asarachi Ves on the road from Ramkund to the cemetery. The idol has an original shape of a modak and hence is called Modakeshwar. According to a legend, modaks used to be found in this temple. The temple owner Vilas Kshemkalyani’s ancestor Keshavrao Kshemkalyani saw in dream a Ganapati at this place. When he came to this place, he really found a swayambhu Ganapati. Since then his family has been looking after the idol. Nashikites have great faith in its divinity and it is believed to be answering to their prayers. Ganesh festival is celebrated here on all ten days in Bhadrapada. The Modakeshwar temple has lent holiness to this area which otherwise looks ghastly because of the cemetery and a long stretch of ground along the riverbank. Now this are is humming with a lot of activity.
The Godavari Temple was built by Elder Madhavrao Peshwa's mother, Gopikabai in 1760. This temple is open for devotees only during the period of Kumbhamela (once in 12 years) for 13 months. It is also called Ganga Temple.
Holy places at River Godavari
The places where a holy dip can be taken in the river Godavari are: Govardhan Tirtha, Pitru Tirtha, Golan Tirtha, Brahma Tirtha, Runamochan Tirtha, Krishna Tirtha, Papnashan Tirtha, Koti Tirtha, Agni Tirtha, Shukla Tirtha, Aruna Tirtha, Surya Tirtha, Chakra Tirtha, and Ashwini Tirtha.
Near Tapovan, on Agra road the Swami Narayan temple or Akshardham is located. Years ago, this was Bramhachari (Bachelor's) Ashram. The trustees of the temple run a school in the Sanskrit medium.
Main Road Ganapati
This temple, which celebrated its centenary seven years ago, belongs to Damodar Vishnu alias Damu Anna Dongare. Born in a family of scholars in Vedshashtra, Damu Anna was very knowledgeable in medicine and also in music - he himself was a tabla player. The property on which this temple stands today, belonged to Damu Anna and there was a lovely garden watered from the well in the backyard. Once during meditation he sensed a divine directive to build a Ganapati mandir. Same night, he caught a burglar trying to break open a jeweller’s shop across the street. The jeweller offered to give a prize of Damu Anna’s choice. Damu Anna asked him to donate a marble deity of Ganesh and the jeweller very happily complied with the request. Thereafter this temple was constructed where Damu Anna’s love for music is nurtured even today. Bhadrapad and Maghi festivals are celebrated as also every Chaturthi, concerts are held in the temple. As you turn from Mahatma Gandhi Road to Main Road near Ravivar fountain, you come across this temple on your left. Long and wide main hall, a pretty idol and old glass chandeliers impress you instantly. The Ganesh idol faces the east.
This 150-year old temple is in Somvar Peth in Nashik. The Ganesh idol is carved out of a single boulder but is not visible because of shendur applied all over the deity. This 6-feet tall temple along a wall belongs to Madhukar Murlidhar Khandave. Earlier this idol was in Khandave’s house. Later Jahangirdar Khedkar donated this place to Madhukar’s great grandfather and a wooden temple was built. Over a period, a stone temple was set up. Devotees believe that this Siddhi Vinayak fulfills their wishes and hence they offer modak, gulachi bheli, silver durvas etc.
As you go from Sandava across Rokdoba Hanuman temple near Modakeshwar towards Panchavati, you come across this temple with twenty steps at Ganeshwadi. The legend behind this temple is that the Ganesh idol grows by the size of a sesame (til) on every Sankrant (G) day and hence it derives name Tilya Ganapati. Also this Ganesh temple lends the name Ganeshwadi to this area. This east-facing deity was found while digging the foundation of Damodar Dagdusheth Sonar’s house. His eighth generation, which has adopted a surname Bhadakwade is now looking after the idol and the temple. This temple was built hundred years before the present day Kala Ram temple. A big fare is held here on Tili Sankrant day and old Nashikites attend it without forget. Bhadakwade family members themselves perform puja as there have been instances of calamity befalling the family whenever there was a break in the tradition of family members performing puja.