Built by Naroshankar Rajebahaddur, a commander of the Maratha Empire, in 1747, the Naroshankar Temple in Nashik is dedicated to the Hindu gods Shiva and Rama. It lies in Panchavati, a holy site and pilgrimage destination closely associated to the mythology of Rama and the epic Ramayana. The temple, located on the banks of the Godavari River, has been built in the style of Maya architecture, and is a rather rare and beautiful 18th century temple. The main structure lies atop an elevated platform, with the main deity placed on the outer part of the temple instead of inside. The temple has striking decorative lacework and designs of peacocks with bead garlands.
On all four directions of the temple lie statues of sages in the Padmasana pose, with one hand holding a rosary and another holding a holy book. Some of these statues have partially fallen to the ravages of time, and there are several carvings of elephants, tigers, monkeys and other animals as well. With an 11-foot fortification around it, the temple one had four umbrellas or Meghadambari on its four corners. Only three remain right now; one was washed away in the Godavari floods. The fortification has the famous bell house that has the Naroshankar Bell inside, a memorial built to commemorate the Maratha Empire’s victory over the Portuguese.
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