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Panchavati Nashik

Panchavati Nashik

Panchavati is believed to be a shelter to Lord Ram, Lakshman, and Sita during their exile.
River Godavari flows through Nashik and its Northern part is called as Panchavati.There are five (Pancham) Banyan trees (Vat Vriksha) and hence the area is called Pancha-vati.It is believed to be a part of the Dandakaranya Forest, Since this place acquire a prominent place in the epic, people frequent here to take a holy dip so that they will be cleansed from their sins.

Attrations at Panchavati are

Sita Gumpha

Here Sita is said to have stayed for some time.  It is believed to be the place where Sita was kidnapped by the demon king Ravana. The literal connotation of Gufaa is a cave and it is located at the western side door of Kalaram Temple.

The cave has idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshmna. One can enter the cave with the help of a very narrow staircase. The cave has the idol of Shree Ram, Laxman and Sita. To 
the left, one can enter into the cave having the Shiva Linga. Devotees believe that Ravan kidnapped Sita from the same place. 

 Kalaram Mandir 

This temple was built by Peshwas. The main deities Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshmana are pretty black in colour and festooned with knick-knacks. The gold plated copper dome and other sculptures of this magnificient shrine displays brilliant structural design. The 70 feet high temple happens to be the busiest temples in the locality. There are great processions and utsav on Lord Ram , Laxman, SitaRamnavami, Dasara and Chaitra Padwa (Hindu new year day). The specialty of the temple is that it was built with black stones. It took 12 years to build this temple. 

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The popular belief is that Lord Ram had his bath here, at some stage of his exile. To commemorate that the devotees frequents here to have a holy dip.
Mortal remains (Asthi) immersed in this kunda, are immediately absorbed in the water. A dip in this sacred kunda is considered very pious. The  ashes of Gandhiji  were dropped in Ramkund after Gandhiji passed away on 30th January 1948. Mr. Nehru was also present on this occasion. During Kumbha mela Thousands of Sadhus and holy men and millions of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy Ramkund and Kushavarta reservoirs.

Ganga Ghat and Kumbhamela

Nashik is a hub of religious activities, which are centered around the sacred banks of the Godaveri River.The banks of this holy river is wizened with well maintained ghats and numerous temples. These bathing ghats reverberate with holy recites of people who gathers there to offer the last rituals of their beloved ones.

Ganga bathing ghat whose waters are presumed to cleanse the sins, offers an awe-inspiring view to the spectator.The majestic Ganga ghat, looks incredibly stunning in the twilight, when the holy waters of the sacred rive is enlighten with multitude of oil lamps and hovers of flowers.

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By far the most spectacular of all the events, the Kumbh Mela is a religious festival that occurs once every 12 years, and is  celebrated in four major pilgrim centres around the country. In Maharastra, the festival is held in Trimbakeshwar, Nashik. The  Nashik Kumbh Mela is generally acknowledged to be the most sacred of all the festivals.

Kumbha Mela is celebrated at the aforesaid four places depending on the positions of planets and stars. The Nashik Kumbh Mela is a mammoth affair where saints and over three and a half million people attending it. Thousands of Sadhus and holy men and millions of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy Ramkund and Kushavarta reservoirs. The peak festival days are  August 14 and 25 and September 8 and 20. During the Kumbha Mela, Nashik City and Trimbakeshwar are in  a fantastic festive mood.  The festive and religious mood makes people get away from their daily chores and experience the spiritual ecstacy. 

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Other important places

    Other important places at Panchvati and Gang are
    Naroshankar Temple, Sundarnarayan Temple, Godavari Temple

How To reach Panchavati and Ganga Ghat 


  • It is at distance of 2 to 2.5 km from Old CBS of Nashik
  • It is at distance of 2.5 to 3 km from New CBS of Nashik
  • It is at distance of 3.5 to 4 km from New CBS of Nashik
  • It is at distance of 7 to 8 Km from Nashik AirPort
  • It is at distance of 10 to 11 Km from Nashik Road Railway Station

From Places you might know

  • It is at distance of 2.5 to 3 km from Tapovan Nashik
  • It is at distance of 7.5 to 8 km from  Satpur MIDC
  • It is at distance of 11 to 12 Km from Pandava Leni or Dada Saheb Phalke Smarak

Famous places, Attractions nearby Panchavati

  • Tapovan
  • SwamiNarayan Mandir (Akshardham)
  • Shri Kailash Math (Ved Mandir)
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Where to Stay in Nashik

    Nashik has good range of Hotels here are few to List

  • Hotel Taj Residency
  • Basera Hotel
  • Hotel Emerald Park Nashik
  • The Gateway Hotel, Ambad

    To find more about  Hotels in Nashik click here