Harishchadragad, the hillfort of Ahmednagar has an interesting story worth exploring! It takes all sorts, from romantic to surprising, mysterious and even mystic! Living in this modern world, you visit these hillstations once and you wouldn't want to return to your present life! That's the beauty and effect of nature!
Harishchandragad is one of the very old hillforts of Mahrashtra. It has a mention in the holy texts of India including the Matsyapurana, Skandapurana and Agnipurana. The hillfort is said to belong to the 6th CE whereas the caves were carved in the 11th CE. It is also said that the great sage who created the epic tatvasaar, Sage Changdev meditated here in the 14th CE.
Here's what you should know about the story of Harishchandragad...
There's a temple pond to the east of the Harishchandreshwara temple here. What's interesting about this pond is that it feels like you're in contact with snow even when you stand there in real Summer heat. It is rather unfortunate that the pond is presently polluted due to the ignorance of a few tourists!
As you move towards the Harishchandreshwara temple is the beautiful cave of Kedareshwar. This cave has a 5 ft tall shivalinga and is rather hard to get to because of the icecold water it is surrounded by. The pillars here are said to have a peculiar meaning. The four pillars symbolize the four Yugas, 'Satya Yuga', 'Tretha Yuga', 'Dwapara Yuga' and 'Kali Yuga'. Each pillar breaks by itself at the end of each Yuga!
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This cliff is called so because it overlooks the Konkan region. It seems more like an overhang than just a peak point. It gives a beautiful panoramic view and is regarded one of the best places to watch a rainbow since the entire circular rainbow can be seen from this cliff.
This is the highest peak point of this hillfort and is also known as Taramanchi. You can have a view of the entire Naneghat, the Napta twin peaks, and the forts near Murbad.
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One could spot many caves all around Harishchandragad and at the base of the Taramati peak.
This temple is a witness of the great Indian Architecture. There are old caves and ponds around the temple and a river known as Mangalaganga is said to take birth in one of the ponds here. This temple is carved out of a monolithic rock.
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