Panchavati in Nashik, Maharashtra is famed for its association with the Ramayana, an epic tale revered in Hinduism. The place is said to have been the home of the Hindu god Rama and his consort Sita and brother Lakshman for many years during their exile. And located a little ahead of Panchavati lies Tapovan, which literally translates to forest of penance or meditation. This is where sages, centuries ago, would meditate in search of enlightenment, in the midst of nature. ALSO READ: From Ayodhya to Rameswaram and beyond: 11 most important places in Lord Rama’s journey
More importantly, Tapovan is also said to be the place where Lakshman once resided and where he famously cut the nose of Shurpanakha, the sister of the king of Lanka, Ravana. The place has several famous temples of Hanuman and Lakshmana. It lies beside the silently flowing Godavari River, with dense woods that remind us of the wild jungle where sages once meditated. Amidst the boulders along the river bed lies a cavernous fissure called Brahma Yoni, and the Kapil Tirth lies nearby. There are also eleven caverns beside the Godavari where sages once retreated to.
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