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 the 6th century, during the rule of Kalachuri 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 the 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.
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" Trek To Harishchandragad "
Dates = 17-18 Sep 2016.
Meeting Point - Alephata ( For Nasik n Pune people)
Khubi Phata ( For Mumbai people)
17 Sep -
1) Nasik people will meet at CBS thakkar bazaar at 6:00 AM. Then travel towards alephata by ST mahamandal.
2) Pune people will meet at Shivajinagar bus stand at 6:30 AM. Then travel towards alephata by ST bus.
3) Mumbai people will meet at Khubi Phata on 10:30 AM. ( in between alephata n Murbad near Harishchandragad).
Mumbai people will meet 7.00 am at kalyan bus stand will take bus towards alephata and get down at Khubi phata right after malshej ghat ends.
We will start our trek at 11:00 AM. Will reach at campsite or temple at 3:00 PM. After some rest will have lunch ( carried by participants).
Morning call at 6:00 AM. After breakfast visit the Temple n sight seeing. We will reach khubi Phata at 2:00 PM
Trek Fees= 900/- ( Nasik n Pune )
850/- ( Mumbai )
Fee including -( Alephata to Alephata traveling, 1 dinner, 2 breakfast, Tea n refreshments & expertise charges).
Fee excludes - To & From alephata travelling expenses, to and from Khubi phata traveling expenses for mumbai People.
1) Ashwin - 9730022060 ( Pune )
2) Akshay - 9960803452 ( Nasik & Mumbai)
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