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A celebrated tīrtha in the northern Deccan. Considered one of the principal holy cities of Hinduism, it lies on the banks of the Godāvarī river (18 miles downstream from its source at Trimbak). Every twelve years the Kumbh(a) Melā is held at Nasik, but the city and a number of its temples also have a particular association with the exile of Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa, and Sītā, as portrayed in the Rāmāyaṇa. See also paṇḍā (1).

Subjects: Hinduism.

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