Thousands eager devotees and pilgrims made a beeline for the temple, on the banks of the Godavari River, since early morning for prayers and darshan. The temple will be remained open till August 11.

Dedicated to the Goddess Godavari, the temple priest S W Jadhav and other colleagues performed the morning prayers as several hundreds of devotees joined them.

"This is the only temple of its kind in the world which opens to coincide only with the 12-year Kumbh Mela cycle in Nashik... When it is closed for another 12 years, people offer prayers from outside," Jadhav told mediapersons, pilgrims and tourists.

Besides the Shree Ganga Godavari Temple, there are a total of 108 temples in and around Ramkund itself, making it one of the holiests Hindu sites in the country.

Ramkund itself is associated with Lord Shiva, and the Kapaleshwar Temple here is the only temple in the country that does not have an idol of Nandi, the bull at its entrance.

"If you bathe at Ramkund, you will be relieved from the Brahma-hatya,” the priests said.

“Nandi is believed to have advised Lord Shiva. Pleased by the advice, Lord Shiva took him as one of his gurus and so there is no idol of Nandi outside the Kapaleshwar Temple,” the priests added.

Ramkund is also the divine place where Lord Ram, Sita and Laxman spent a few years while on their 14-year long exile, and around eight kms away is the birthplace of Lord Hanuman in Anjaneri hills.

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