REMEMBERING JATAYU, THE SUPER BIRD FROM RAMAYANA

 Ramayana is definitely one among the two epics written
by Valmiki. The best thing about Ramayana is that apart from Lord Rama,
it introduces us to many interesting characters on the way – One among
them being Jatayu, the bird king!

All Hail The Bird King – Jatayu!

 Jatayu
got himself brutally wounded in the process of saving Sita from Ravana’s
clutches and breathed his last informing Rama about the kidnap and as
per Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam, Taked village near Nashik is that holy
place where Lord Rama met one of his great devotee – Jatayu!

 A 42 km drive from Nashik Road (which consumes a lot more time than
required due to the poor road conditions) is what it takes to reach the Sarv Tirth Jatayu Mandir, Taked. As the village lies on the outskirts of city, personal vehicles are the only mode of transport if you wish to visit there.

 In order to pay a tribute to the legendary bird of Ramayana, A big temple is constructed at Taked known as the Sarv Tirth Jatayu Mandir.

From The Woods: Sarv Tirth Jatayu Mandir, Taked

 Lord Rama sensed the end result as soon as he saw wounded Jatayu
lying on the ground, so he hit an arrow at the ground to call all 7
sacred rivers a.k.a. Teertha to make sure that the bird king gets
moksha.

 After hitting the arrow, waters from the six rivers arrived instantly
while one river failed to obey Lord Rama’s divine call but Lord Rama,
being an incarnation of Lord Vishnu himself, forced the Gaya teerth to
arrive at the spot. Finally the waters of seven rivers were given to Jatayu and he eventually attained moksha.

 At present, you can find the 6 river waters in a single pond at Sarv Tirth, Taked.
Whereas, the water of seventh river flows few feet away from the temple
as a punishment for it’s late arrival – it is said that it mixes with
the other 6 river waters in an invisible manner!

 The village of Taked
is one of the major tourist and religious attraction today though it
still doesn’t get the required attention of the authority and lacks
modes of transports and facilities to the core.

 The best time to visit Sarv Tirth Jatayu Mandir, Taked is on the occasion of Mahashivratri festival as a fair is organized every year near the sacred water pond for the devotees.

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