Barring exceptions, usually, it happens once in 3 years. Small tanks are built for storing water and facilitating bathing. Surprisingly water temperature in these tanks is different from each other, though those are at distance of 1 meter from each other. Approximately after three months, water disappears or stops streaming. There is a local lore about how & why Holy Ganges appeared at this place. Scientifically it could be a long siphon from Sahyadri range. Millions of people visit the Ganges for bathing. One of the bigger tank, 'Kashikund' delivers clean water like glass and people believe that bathing in this water will relieve them of sins.
It is believed that Ganga descends to meet Lord Shiva of Dutpapeshwar temple. Devotees never miss a chance to take bath in the holy water of Ganga. They believe their sins are washed away with the blessings of Ganga Mata (Divine Mother).
This well-known holy spot near Rajapur has Kashi Kunda (water store) and 13 other kundas. Six gallons of water comes every minute in each of these kundas during Ganga’s presence. All 14 kundas are dry throughout the year. Even during the rainy season, not a single drop of water stays in these kundas. When Ganga appears, all kundas are filled with water and celebration starts. The interesting thing to note is that temperature of water in kundas varies from one to another even though these are so close to each other.
This holy spot is located on the top of the hill and walk towards it through tree lanes is very beautiful. There is also a road that goes to the top for people who prefer vehicle to reach there. A half a mile below Rajapur Ganga, visitors first visit “Ushnodak Tirth” which is a continuous flowing hot water stream running throughout the year in Unhale village. Separate arrangements have been made for men and women to take bath in this water. The temperature of water in “Ushnodak Tirth” is 42.8 degrees. This water contains the small amount of Sulphur in it and therefore it is believed to have medicinal values. People with skin and arthritis problems can benefit from taking bath in this water. After taking bath, visitors proceed towards Ganga either by walk or by vehicle.
Rajapur Ganga first descended in March 1883 and stayed for around 68 days. It used to descend every 2-3 years after that. Then it descended in 1936 after 1918 with 18 years of gap. Since 1945, it has been descending for every 2 to 3 years. It appeared on May 28, 2009, and was there for around 20 days.
Places to visit near Ganga Rajapur:HOT WATER SPRING: Located at the one-kilometer distance from Jawahar Chowk, Rajapur, there is Hot Spring. Hot water of this spring is rich with Sulphur and famous for curing skin diseases.
DHOOT PAPESHAWAR: Very old Lord Shiva Temple is situated at 1.5 kilometers Rajapur. There is a picturesque waterfall close to Dhootpapeshwar.
MAHAKALI TEMPLE: Goddess Mahakali, very old temple is close to Rajapur that can be reached by car. It is in Adivare village.
MAADBAN: Located at a distance of 38 km from Rajapur, and possessed of a good beach. Also, there is a Bhagvati temple which is famous