Most of the treks i have covered have been early morning trek or the day treks. This time i decided to do a night trek along with my another 30 Trek Mates India buddies. So, we decided to do a night trek to Anjaneri fort and visit Trimbakeshwar temple in the day time.
Anjaneri fort lies in the Trimbakeshwar region of the Nashik city of Maharashtra state. It is situated at a height of 4264 ft above sea level. It is a spiritual place. Anjaneri is the birth place of God Hanuman. Anjaneri fort is named after God Hanuman’s mother ‘Anjani’. It is said that God Hanuman spent his childhood in these mountains.
Anjaneri is situated very close to Trimbkeshwar jyotirling which is among the 12 jyotirlings in India. Here God Hanuman is called as the Panchmukhi Hanuman and by Hindu texts he is the 11th Rudra of Lord Shiva. This form of Hanuman as “Sri Panchamukha Anjaneya Swami” (Anjaneya = “son of Anjani”) is more famous in the South and some other parts of the world. Some of the famous places where this form is seen are: Kumbakonam and Thiruvallur, both in Tamil Nadu.
We decided to catch the last Kasara local train which starts from CST station of Mumbai at 10.50 pm. I decided to board the train from Dadar. We all were informed to board the second last coach of the train. We reached Kasara station about 1 am and from there we hired 3 jeeps for the fort. As our jeep started, we started playing songs and that was really entertaining part. Around 2 am we stopped for a tea break and from there started our journey once again. It was dark night at 3 am when we reached the Anjaneri base village. Everyone was out of the jeep with torches in their hand. As always we decided to form a straight circle for the introduction round. After the introduction round we started our trek in the dark. The trek seemed to be easy as lots of cemented stairs has been made enroute. After walking around for 1 hour we reached to the temple of Mata Anjaneri. We decided to rest there for some time as some of the new trekkers were still lying behind and this gave us a chance for some photography. We also cracked lots of joke on our trek. Once all the other follow trekkers reached the temple and took some rest, we decided to move again and around 5 am in the morning reached the top of the mountain where we found another old temple of God Hanuman.
Our trek leader asked us to rest here till 7 in the morning and after that we will start our back journey. But we didn’t went there to sleep so me along with some other trekkers decided to explore the area and see the sunrise. Along with the sunrise it also gave us a good chance for photography.
At 7 am we started our returned journey and we were still full of energy and enjoyed our returned journey from the mountain too. On the way we found Sita cave which has two rooms inside it and can easily accomodate 10-12 people. There are many beautifull carvings inside Sita cave. After spending some time here, we started moving again towards the Anjaneri base village. Here our jeeps were waiting for us. We jumped into the jeep and moved towards the Trimbkeshwar temple. On our way we found a newly constructed God Hanuman temple having a big idol of God Hanuman. After spending a short span of time here, we moved towards Trimbkeshwar temple.
Trimbakeshwar region lies in the Brahmagiri hills in the Sahyadri range and it is the source of holy river Godavari. The place is also known for its Simhastha Kumbha Mela, which comes every 12 years as per the Hindu calendar.
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga is considered as unique in the world becuase it has three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu & Lord Mahesh(Shiva). All other Jyotirlingas have Shiva as the main deity. The temple is known for its appealing architecture and sculpture. However, we reached there in the afternoon of sunday and there was a huge queue to enter the temple. As we have to catch our train to return to Mumbai so, we couldn’t see the Jyotirlinga. So we folded our hands from outside the temple and made our prayers but we visited the other small temples in the nearby. I will try to visit this Jyotirlinga again in the future.
After this we again jumped back into our jeeps and had our lunch in a small hotel on the way. The jeeps dropped us back to Kasara station and from there we catched our train to Mumbai. Now we all were fully tired and spend some time sleeping in the train.
This was my first night trek and i enjoyed it a lot. Yes night treks can be interesting too and can be full of fun. One of my trek mates had brought with him his 7 years old daughter. She enjoyed a lot. I will surely go for some other night trek and will write a blog on it.