Kalaram Temple – A Popular Hindu Pilgrim Place
About Kalaram Temple
Located in Panchavati, Nashik city in the Indian state of Maharashtra, the Kalaram Temple is a popular Hindu pilgrim place, an ancient shrine solely devoted to Lord Rama and also happens to be the most popular Hindu shrine in the entirety of Nashik city.
The name Kalaram, in simple words, means an idol of Lord Rama that is black in color, since Kala means black, and Rama, of course, refers to Lord Rama. The temple also consists of the idols of Rama’s wife, Goddess Sita, and his brother, Lakshmana. The entrance of the temple also has a statue of Lord Hanumana.
The temple is always bustling with devotees from all over the country who make it a point to visit the place often in order to pay their tributes to the gods and goddess.
According to historians, the origin of the temple dates back to an era as long as the year 1788 and was funded by Sardar Rangarao Odhekar. It is also said that long back before the temple was built, Odhekar had an unusual dream about a statue of Lord Rama in black color, deep inside the Godavari River. That is when he got the statue from the river, built the Kalaram Temple, and installed the idol there.