Sunday, June 22, 2008

Rohida



Rohida dates back to period of Yadavas. Shivaji Maharaj captured this in 1656 but in 1666, the Moghuls conquered the fort. In 1670, Shivaji Maharaj recaptured the fort.


Bhor is around 60 KMs from Pune and Rohida should be approx 10 kms away from Bhor. On Satara Road, if you take immediate right turn after Kapurhol you are able to reach Bhor easily. After Bhor you have to take a left turn from Shivaji statue to Mandhardevi temple. Few kms away is the bifurcation for Rohida on the right. The base village is Bajarwadi. The climb starts from this place. It's a very straight and easy climb but in monsoons it quite windy on the way...I guess you can get easily to the top in an hour's time.

If you are visiting during the monsoon you will find large centipedes here.






There's not much to see on the barren top. The entrance gate is intact and elephant heads on the either side catch you eye immediately. There are some meticulous inscriptions too in the rock. Inside the fort on the right side you will find some water cisterns and the entire area is covered with the carpet of beautiful white flowers.

 
The newly constructed Rohideshwar temple along with its charming reflection in water adds beauty to the tranquil surroundings.







 
- October 2009


Saturday, May 3, 2008

Mangi-Tungi


I had visited this awesome place April 2008.
Mangi-Tungi is a prominent twin-pinnacled peak with plateau in between, located near Tahrabad (35 Kms off Satana) about 125 km from Nasik.
Mangitungi is a Jain Digambar sidha kshetra, it is said that arround 99 crores muni have attained salvation from this place. Lot of ancient Jain Thirthankar carvings are found at both the peaks.


 
Its as well as good hiking spot. Bhilwadi is the base village of Mangi - Tungi. There is a Jain temple of Adinath and Parshvanath at Bhilwadi and a Dharmashala. Ideally the trek should be strated early in morning before 5 AM. All the pilgrims start at 4/4.30 AM. As the sun rises the climate becomes harsh and it becomes very difficult to climb.



 
The stone steps get very hot and blazing sun, drain you out. The route to the peaks originates right from the base village. A half an hours walk will lead you to the base of the mountain. If you have a car you can park the vechiles and sae this 0.5 hours walk. From here its steep climb of around 4000 zigzag steps to the archway which is between the two peaks. From here, the route to the left leads to Mangi and the one to the right to Tungi.









The route from the archway, leading to the left, takes us towards the Mangi Pinnacle. There are several caves at the base of the Mangi Pinnacle with carvings of Mahavir, Adinath, Parshvanath, Hanuman, Vali, Sugreeva, etc.
There are some engravings too in some of the caves. There is also a temple of Mangigiri here. The freely roaming eagles in vast expanse of blue and dotted villages in green patches make you forget the tedious climb.





The route from the archway, going to the right, goes to the Tungi pinnacle. On the plateau between the Mangi-Tungi pinnacles is a very beautiful marble temple of Krishna which is in dilapidated stage. The road from here mostly is plain till the huge steep flight of steps. Both the peaks appear grand.




 
The Tungi Pinnacle is taller than Mangi. Like Mangi, one can also go round the Tungi pinnacle. There are 3 caves on the way. There is a temple of Tungigiri in one of these caves and there are carvings Chandraprabhu, Munisuvrat Nath, Bhaubali Tirthankar and Ram, Hanuman in these caves. One can finish seeing these in around 20 minutes and turn back towards the base. Mangi and Tungi in 4-5 hours and return back to base. Overall it said that it is almost equivalent to a near 15 Km walk. The Dharmashala at the base offers excellent jain food at very reasonable price and decent accomodation.