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Unidentified flag spotted in Naashik

Naashik (नाशिक) is located in the State of Maharashtra, half way between Mumbai and Aurangabad. The location had been the exile of Lord Raama, his wife Siita and his brother LakSHmana. There happened little since then, until in 1818 the Peshwas, the Brahmin Prime Ministers of the Maratha Kings gained control of the place, naming it Naashik since then. The control was lost however in the very same year to the British and the city finally became part of Bombay Presidency. Every 12th year here a Kumbh Mela is celebrated, a Hindu mass pilgrimage.

[Naashik] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider 28 May 2010

Flag#1: The ratio is 1:2. It is a red over white over light pale yellow (y--) over green over dark blue (b+) horizontal 5-stripes flag.

[Naashik] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider 28 May 2010

Flag#2: The ratio is 1:2.
It is a white over red over white over green over dark blue (b+) over light pale yellow (y--) horizontal 5-stripes flag.
Source: I spotted these flags in October 2003 in Muktadhaam Temple(मुक्तधाम्). Flag#1, which was bigger was stuck upon the central tower, flag#2 was stuck upon both side towers. The design is that of a former princely state flag.

According to our pages, we have a Nasik, which may be another transliteration of the name or more probable another city, within the former Baroda, Western India and Gujarat Agency. Due to the little information available it seems however, that Naashik never was an independent state. So the context of the flag is doubtful and it might turn out a religious flag in the end, symbolizing the five bhuutaani (भूतानि), the gross elements earth, water, fire, air and ether.

Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 May 2010