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I am Pachvati. I am a beautiful garden with gorgeous embarks of my own. I am proud of the importance I have in the Indian history. Nearby river Godavari which flows through another historic city in Maharashtra- Nashik. Why did I just say I’m historically important? Because it was here that Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and beloved Brother Laxman stayed for some period of time when they were still in exile.
Why is my name Panchavati?
The name comes from the Sanskrit origin which means Panch- Five and Vati means Garden. I bear five huge and bold Banyan trees which are present around the garden with a deep cave in between. The cave served as the dwelling for Sita for a long time while they stayed with me.
What is the significance of the Panchvati cave?
I have seen a whole lot of history inside me. These three great people from Ayodhya visited me for a safer place. The cave or ghumpha is the place from where our goddess-like figure, the pious lady Sita was kidnapped by Ravana. You can enter inside through a very narrow passage of staircase into a huge room where the idols of Lord Rama and Laxman are placed. There is a Shiva Linga inside as well.
The places nearby Panchvati
If you just walk moments ahead you can very well encounter Tapovan, the place where gurus and munis did their penance for their ultimate moksha later in life. Along with the sounds of the grand flow of Godavari which silently breezes and creates an ambience which makes you realize how sacred the feeling is when you are present here.
There are places like Kalaram Mandir and Ramkund Memorial which are a must visit if you have taken efforts to come to me and have the experience worth and versed.