Shree Ganga Godavari Mandir : A Temple that Opens once in 12 Years During Kumbh Mela

Shree Ganga Godavari temple in Nasik is having its special importance in terms of its opening time. Ganga Godavari temple in Nasik opens only once in 12 years during Kumbh Mela. Recently Kumbh Mela 2015 in Nasik is started. Thousands of people made a beeline for the temple, on the banks of the Godavari River, since early morning for prayers on the first day of Nasik Kumbh Mela 2015.

Shri Ganga Godavari Temple
Shri Ganga Godavari Temple

The Shree Ganga Godavari Temple at Ramkund on Tuesday, 154 July 2015 threw open its doors after 12 years to coincide with the Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2015 which has begun in the twin pilgrim centres of Nashik and Trimbakeshwar in Maharashtra.

Shree Ganga Godavari temple priest led the morning prayers of goddess Godavari after opening the temple doors (Kapat). This is the only temple which opens to coincide with the 12-year Kumbh Mela cycle in Nashik. When it is closed for another 12 years, people pray from outside.

Besides the Shree Ganga Godavari Temple, there are a total of 108 temples in and around Ramkund, making it one of the holiest Hindu sites in the country. Ramkund is associated with Lord Shiva, and the Kapaleshwar Temple here is said to be the only temple in the country without an idol of Nandi.

It is said that if you bathe at Ramkund, you will be relieved from the Brahma-hatya and Nandi is believed to have advised Lord Shiva. So, the god took him as one of his gurus. Hence, there is no idol of Nandi. Ramkund is also where Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman are believed to have spent a few years during their 14-year long exile. Around eight kilometres away is the birthplace of Lord Hanuman in Anjaneri hills.

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