Sita Gumpha :
The Gumpha (i.e. Cave) is near the five Banyan trees in Panchavati. One can enter the cave with the help of a very narrow staircase. The cave has the deity of Shree Ram, Laxman and Sita. To the left, one can enter into the cave having the Shiva Linga. Lord Laxman hid Sita in this cave while Lord Ram fought with Khar, Dushan and their 14000 rakshas warriors. Ravan kidnapped Sita from the same place. Shurpanakas nose was cut around the same area.
Sita Gumpha Temple
The most important place in Panchavati is Ramkund. It is so called because Lord Rama during his exile used to take bath here. Lord Ram performed the last rites of his father Dasharath here. Hence since then it is also known as place of immersing Mortal remains (Asthi) and performance of last rites for ones deceased relative
A dip in this sacred kunda is considered very auspicious here . This is also place of Kumbha mela. Simhastha Godavari temple here opens only once in 12 yrs during kumbha mela.
Ganga Godavari Temple
Ganga Godavari Temple
Kapaleshwar Mahadev at Ram Kunda
Puaranas mention that once Lord Shiva saw Lord Brahma engaging in mundane talks Prajalpa. He became angry with Lord Brahma and he cut off one of his heads which was speaking prajalpa. but then he was thinking that I have committed an offense against a brahmana. So he was wondering how he could attain to his offense? So he travelled to many places and he could not find the solution to his dilemma. So one time he was sitting & he saw a young bull cow speaking to his mother, and the cow said that, “Our owner is very cruel and he always ties me up in a cruel way. So tomorrow I’m going to kill him.” So the mother cow said to her son, “that the owner is a Brahman and that it is a great offense to kill a Brahman.” But the little bull said, “But I know the place where you can become relived from the offense of killing Brahmans.” Shiva was listening; he was thinking this is the answer to my great dilemma. So the next day, as the young boy predicted, everything took place & after he killed his owner, he ran and Shiva began to follow. And he ran to this place “Ramathirtha.” The place where river Godavari forms this beautiful kund, where Lord Shri Ramachandra Himself would bathe and they both bathed here & get freed from their sin & then Lord Shiva also bathed here and was freed from His sin. So this deity of Lord Shiva “Kapileshwar Mahadev” is an honor for Lord Shiva’s taking bath here. It is one of the only famous Shiva temple here.
This is said to be the exact place where Sita , Ram and Laxman lived in their exile. This place was inhabited by Nagapanth sadhus. They performed devotional service to Lord Ram here. Once 3 of this sadhus while each bathing differently at Ramkunda, Sita kunda and Laxman Kunda—They got deities of Lord Ram , Sita and Laxman respectively. Amazed by this appearance these wonderful black deities were brought here to be worshipped in a small hut. Over the years people noticing the beauty of the deities started visiting this place.
Lord Ram Laxman Sita at Kalaram Temple
Kalaram Temple in Nashik
In 17th century Gopikabai peshwa, mother of Madhavrao peshwa ordered the then Sardar rangarao odekar to build a temple here. Rangarao simultaneously got a dream of the lord that he wanted him only to make it. The temple construction costed him 23 lakh rupees and made him penniless. The beauty of this temple is that whole structure is made from one single stone. However at the end there was still a major work left—that of installing Gold Kalash on the gopuram temple top. As he had no money rangarao decided to sell his wife’s nose ring to make it. (In Indian custom whatever crisis may be one never sells the ladies marriage ornaments). Finally the temple was ready and true to his devotion , rangarao did not inscribe any of his name claiming rights over the temple.
The only place where rangarao did write his name is at the feet of the deities declaring thus that it is the right place where he should be. Hanuman deity exactly in front of the temple is unique as the head of hanuman is in exact line of the lotus feet of the Lord in temple.