Kalaram Temple
Kalaram Temple
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upasana
Navi Mumbai, India252 contributions
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May 2022 • Family
It's a very beautiful temple, very well maintained and organised temple. It's a Lord Rama and Mata Sita's temple, it's one of the best temple in Nashik. Better to take to and fro auto,cab, or own vehicle because sometimes it gets difficult to get auto from temple after 8:30 p.m. approx. Uber ola facility is not very good in Nashik.
I would seriously suggest to visit this temple.
Written June 6, 2022
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skdel2016
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India280 contributions
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Apr 2022
The temple is well maintained and is well known for it's architecture. It's made of black stone The complex witnesses different cultural and ritual activities particularly in Ramnawmi and 3 days after i.e. on Ekadshi- There is big procession with Ratha, cultural activities, Dhol and dance performance in typical Marathi style . Jai Ho
Written April 26, 2022
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Shiv S Dutta
Mumbai, India184 contributions
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Aug 2019
This beautiful temple is located in panchvati area of Nashik. The entrance is a little narrow but on the inside the temple is spread over large areas.

The black idol of Lord Rama - hence the name Kalaram mandir. There are other idols of Lord Laxman, Mata Sita and Lord Hanuman inside premises. The temple is carved on black stone.
Written July 15, 2020
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Nish0901
New Delhi, India1,147 contributions
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Feb 2020
Kalaram Temple is little away from the banks of Godavari River. The idol of Lord Rama is black in colour. It is considered the main temple in Nashik. Gore Ram temple is also in Nashik.
Written February 28, 2020
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Tarun Samvedi
Mumbai, India354 contributions
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Jan 2021 • Solo
This is one of a kind the murti of lord Rama which I have seen which is black in colour. The temple is beautiful and made in black sand stone..

There are some renovations going on in the temple but it does not effect the travellers.

A must visit place when you are in Nashik..

Regards
Tarun Anil Samvedi
Virar, Mumbai
Written January 10, 2021
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Devendra G
India942 contributions
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Aug 2022
Kalaram temple is an ancient hindu temple in the city of Nashik, near panchvati, deriving its name from the black statute of Shri Ram. While the idol of Shri ram is around 2000 year old, the temple is around 250 year old. The temple is also known for the dalit movement which was run by Babasaheb. Jai Shri ram.
Written August 17, 2022
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GRVARCH
Agra, India550 contributions
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Aug 2022
This is a very nice temple in Panchvati area Nashik.
Temple building is vast and very attractive.
Main statue of Lord Rama is of Black stone, so this is called Kalaram Temple.

A very good temple to see.
Written August 25, 2022
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Debashis T
Dehradun, India1,711 contributions
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Mar 2023 • Family

The temple is in the Panchvati area of Nashik, which is an old and congested area. The footware stand is near the temple, and you have to walk barefoot for some distance before entering the temple. Inside is a spacious space for sitting and mediating. The idols of Lord Ram, Laxman, and Sita are in black, which is unique in itself. Photography is not allowed inside the temple, but you can click one or two with your mobile only, secreatly.
Written November 13, 2023
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Profvns
Bengaluru, India546 contributions
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Mar 2014 • Friends
Lord Sri Kalaram temple is situated in municipal jurisdiction of Nasik city in Maharashtra state in India. It is probably the most important Hindu shrine in the city. It is so called because idols of Rama, Seetha and Laxman are in black stone that are adorned in the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine. Thousands of devotees visit the temple on each day and there number swells during Sraavan (September) month of Hindu calendar and especially it multiplies in huge number on Saturdays in Sraavan month, Ramnavami and Hanuma Jayanthi and other festival days and on annual celebrations that are conducted regularly by the authorities.
There is an interesting historical-cum-mythological story which is popular among the local people here. Accordingly this was the spot where Rama, Seetha and Laxman lived in their forest exile time. It was a dense forest called Dandakaranya which was under the sway of a demon called Dandaka who was a menace to the Rishis and others in these areas as well as in the neighbouring areas of Chitrakoot and others. Rama killed that demon and brought a great relief to those who were dwelling in this forest region. Later this place was occupied by Nagapanth sadhus, who used to perform Pooja and other devotional services to Lord Ram with faith and reverence. Interestingly once when these Sadhus were bathing at the three ghats where the trio were believed to take bath during their exile and identified as Ramkund, Seetha kund and Laxman kund they got three black stone idols of Rama, Seetha and laxman. Naturally they were thrilled by getting the idols of their favourite Lords in their hands and amazed. They kept these wonderful black icons, installed in a small hermit and started worshipping them.
As the time passed and after several centuries later some people who traced these idols and became aware of the beautiful deities started visiting this place to worship. Thus it came to be called as Kalaram mandir. Kala means black. Since the idols are black it was common man’s calling as Kalaram, which has gained a permanent name to Neelamegha Shyam Rama as Kala Ram.
Now coming to the present stone structure of Kala Ram temple there is a history of its recent construction by an ardent devotee.
In Vishnupuran and other stories relating to Lord Vishnu, he has disclosed as to what extent he would test his devotee. He says that for a devotee who ventures to build a temple for him, he would make that devotee to lose all his wealth and reduce him to the state of beggar. Inspite of all such tests if he were to be successful then he will take that devotee into His heart, which would be the ultimate abode of the devotee. We have the best illustration in the history of this Kala Ram temple, which is one of the most important temples found in the vicinity of Panchavati in Nasik.
As the name indicates the colour of the deity the temple is also built with black stones. The outstanding architecture of this temple is somewhat similar to that of the architectural work of Tryambakeshwar Temple. It is part of the history of the present temple that during 1794 Gopikabai Peshwa, mother of Madhavrao, then Peshwa desired to construct the temple. The then Sardar Rangarao Odekar, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama had a dream wherein lord Rama wanted him to build a temple here. Rangarao being the Sardar was a well to do person. He spent all his wealth to construct the temple. In those days he spent several lakhs of rupees. He got the stones from Ramshej and engaged 2000 workers in this task. It took 12 long years to complete the structure. But Rangarao did not inscribe his name anywhere on the structure claiming credit for his devotion. That was his greatness, humbleness and humility.
When the work reached the finishing stage he had no money. He had planned to install Gold Kalash on the gopuram of the temple. Rangarao had to sell/pledge the nose ring of his wife to meet the required money. It may be stated here that the nose-ring of a Hindu woman is equal to Mangal-sutra or Thali tied by the husband at the time of wedding. Under any compelling circumstances it should not be removed while the husband is alive. It has to be removed on her becoming a widow. Such was/is the strong sentimental and religious attachment to the nose-ring and Mangal-sutra of a Hindu wife. But the events compelled Rangarao to pledge the nose-ring of his wife for the sacred religious service of Rama. So I referred to the saying of Lord Vishnu as to what extent a devotee who ventures to build a temple or shelter to Lord would test and at the same time enable the devotee to come out of the test successfully and happily. That is the love and kindness showered on devotees by the merciful Lord.
At last the shrine came out with all shining with the glitter of golden Kalasa (of 32 tons) on its top, as a result of true devotion of a devotee. Lord Kalaram Temple is about 70 feet high upto its peak. There are four doors at four directions to the temple. The portal of the temple is ornamented with pillars and arches. The adjoining building of this temple is a large size hall with gigantic pillars. There are 96 pillars. We have to enter this area from eastern side under an attractive arched portal.
The deity of Lord Hanuman (in black colour) is installed exactly in front of the temple. We can see the idol in a geometrical proportion that the head of Hanuman’s idol is in exact line on to the lotus feet of Lord Rama’s idol. This type of architectural calculation in geometrical system can also be seen in Lord Chandra Mouleswara Temple in Sringeri in Karnataka.
There is an age old Oudumbara Tree at the entrance of the temple. Oudumbara Tree represents Lord Dattathreya. We can see the footprint impressions marked on a stone and worshipped as that of Lord Dattathreya.
Close to this temple we may visit Sita Gumpha (cave), Kapaleshwar Mahadev temple, Lord Vittal, Lord Ganesha and other important spots.

In ancient times the people were also ancient in style, in thinking and in following senseless sentiments and meaningless habits and inhuman prohibitions to fellow beings. They were practicing untouchability. Those ill treated victims/persons were called Panchamas. Mahatma Gandhi was seriously opposed this practice and called the Panchamas as Harijans to mean that they are like Lord Vishnu’s children. In those days Harijans were not allowed inside the temple, inspite of Governments rules and regulation and Mahatma’s request to abolish this system. Dr. Ambedkar, one of my revered HERO and about whom I have written several articles, led a peaceful Satyagraha movement in front of this temple on 2.3.1930. Thereafter Harijans were/are allowed to enter this shrine to enable those brothers and sisters also to have the divine grace of Lord Rama. (For that matter Rama himself did not treat any one as untouchable. Otherwise how could he have the un-detachable attachment to monkeys, bears, eagles, boat-man, fishermen and many such, as we read in Ramayana?)

Kalaram temple is situated at a distance of 3 km from Central Bus Stand of Nasik. There are public and private buses, cars and taxis from all the neighbouring cities to reach this beautiful spot. You may reach Nasik using services of frequent train services from Aurangabad and Mumbai and also other cities of Maharashtra. Package tours to these Temples are also arranged by tourist operators. Airports are at Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad.
You can taste the traditional Maharashtrian cuisine with added flavour of Khandesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat. You will have a range of restaurants with cuisines of Punjabi, South Indian, Chinese and European taste. You will see variety of decent hotels to serve spicy food including those of international cuisine. You need not worry about food and accommodation at Nasik.
Written February 18, 2015
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TheDiscoverer
Bombay98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
Located in the Panchvati Area. The Temple has good vibes. Puts you at peace. Visit in the evening around 7.30. Thats when they have the Aarti. If you just want some peace then go between 6 to 7.30 when it is quieter. Please recheck Aart timing.
Written February 24, 2015
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