KALRAM TEMPLE

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Location : Nashik, Maharashtra
Presiding Deity: Lord Rama, Sita And Laxmana
Built By: Gopikabai Peshwa
Dates Back To: 1794


The most significant temple is the Kalaram temple located in the Panchavati area, Nashik. This temple built in 1794 by Gopikabai Peshwa, is another architectural grandeur, with the motif, pretty much analogous to that of the Trimbakeshwar Temple. The speciality of the temple is that it was built with black stones.

The Temple

The temple got the name Kalaram Mandir as the idol of lord Ram is of black colour and the 'Kalash' is made of 32 tons of gold. The temple is made by complete black stones, which has four doors facing East, West, South and North. The stones were brought from Ramshej 200 years ago. It took 23 lakhs of rupees and 2,000 workers to build the temple in 12 years. This 70 feet high structure has been built with black stone extracted from the mine of Ramsej Hill. The copper peak of the temple is gold-plated and looks ravishing by day and night as well.

Idol

The devotees worship idols of Lord Rama, Laxmana and Sita here. Nearby is the 'Sita Gumpha' where Devi Sita is said to have stayed during her exile. The idols of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are sandy black decked with ornaments. Various small temples dedicated to Lord Vithala, Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman surround Kalaram temple.

Festival

During festivals like Ram Navami, Dasara (Dusshera) and Chaitra Padwa (Hindu New Year day) great processions and 'Utsav' take place.

HOW TO GET THERE

Rail: Nashik being an important city and pilgrim centre of Maharashtra is well connected by rail with all the major places within and outside the state. It has got a railway station of its own.

Road: MSRTC ply buses regularly connecting Nashik with major cities of Maharashtra like Nagpur, Mumbai , Pune , Aurangabad etc.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the various hotels at Nashik.



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