Located in Nashik, Maharashtra, the Kalaram Temple in Panchavati is dedicated to the Hindu god Rama, immortalized in the epic Ramayana. It is considered one of the most important Hindu temples in Nashik, and it venerates the god in a black form. The goddess Sita, the wife of Rama, is also worshiped along with Rama’s brother, Lakshman. Visited by thousands of pilgrims every day, the temple was built by Sardar Rangarao Odhekar of the Maratha Empire in 1788 after he was saw a dream of Rama in the Godavari River in black. He woke up and searched for the idol, and found it where he had seen it in his dream. The idol now resides within the temple.
The Kalaram Temple seems massive processions during Ram Navami, Dussehra and Chaitra Padwa. It also played a crucial role in India’s Dalit Movement. The Hanuman deity here is also black in color, and there is a ancient tree here said to contain the footprints of Dattatreya on stone. The temple itself is built with black stones that were sourced from Ramshej around 200 years ago. The temple is said to have taken 12 years to be built, and its apex is said to contain 32 tons of gold.
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