Ramtek near Nagpur
There can be absolutely no doubt in the fact that Nagpur is a very beautiful city in India. Sometimes Nagpur is also called the City of Oranges and is located very close to River Nag. The city of Nagpur has derived its name from this particular river. Nagpur is also referred to as the second capital of Maharashtra and it served as the capital of the central province before it became a part of Maharashtra. Nagpur also serves as the geographical epicenter of India and it is also a city of some of the leading industries in India. Nagpur is famous for its hand woven silk and cotton textiles.
Nagpur is also a prosperous city with a very fine assimilation of contemporary developments and olden traditions that are found in most of the places located within Nagpur. There are many beautiful places and locations found within Nagpur that are worth visiting by the people. One such place is Ramtek. Ramtek is a beautiful town and also a municipal corporation in the district of Nagpur located within Maharashtra.
History of Ramtek Nagpur
Lord Rama could bar to hear this anymore and therefore he took a pledge or a vow to alleviate the entire world from the deadly and the treacherous activities of the demons. In the local language the meaning of ‘Tek’ is vow and hence the utterance Ramtek meaning ‘Vow of Ram’. It is also believed that any person, who takes a pledge or a vow at this place, is bestowed by the blessings of Gods for the fulfillment of his or her vow. The people have been worshiping Lord Rama’s ‘padukas’ at this place since centuries.
The temple that is found at present in Ramtek is believed to have been built by Raghuji Bhonsale, Nagpur’s King, after he emerged successful in winning the Deogarh fort at Chindwara. The temple of Lord Rama in Ramtek is located atop a hill called Ramgiri Hills. Ramtek is also very popular because of its relation with the great poet named Kalidasa; Kalidasa is believed to have written Meghdootum in the hills of the city. It is said that the beauty of the Ramgiri Hill inspired Kalidasa to write this beautiful poem. The former Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narsimha Rao took part in the elections from the constituency of Ramtek.
Why is It famous?
The Digambar Jain stayed at Ramtek on chaturmas that takes place during rainy season. It was with Acharya’s inspiration that a very huge Jain temple was constructed at Ramtek. There are many miracles associated with the Jain statue reported by the Jain disciples at the temple and this is the reason why the place is also known as Atishayakshetra Ramtekji by the people of Ramtek. Apart from this, there is also an engineering college located at Ramtek and its name is KITS.
Geography of Ramtek
The major tourist attractions of the place constitute the 27 temples built in Brahmin style and are found atop the Ramgiri Hills. Amongst these temples is the beautiful Lakshmana Temple that is considered to have been built in 1400 AD. The cluster of temples found on the hill has their main population in the form of monkeys. There are auto rickshaws available for the general public that they can be used for getting to the temple which is at a distance of 5 kilometers from the bus stand.
People can also use the 700 steps located at the back of the temple while returning. The beautiful Ambala tank is also located on the road that is taken for the temples. The famous Ambala tank is also lined by a number of temples on all sides. People who are interested can also take boat rides around the famous lake. Ramtek is also the venue of the famous Kalidasa Festival held in November every year. The Kalidasa Festival is a festival that carries on for fourteen days and nights and it is mainly comprised of performances by famous artists related to drama, music and dance. The Jain temple and the Ramsagar Lake also form some of the famous tourist destinations in Ramtek Nagpur.
Fort Temple in Ambala Village
The Fort Temple is also known by different names such as Ram Dham and Ram Mandir. On the way to the temple, there is a lake called the Ambala Talab or Ambala tank that is used by the people of Ramtek for Pitru Pooja which is a pooja where people engage in the act of immersing the ashes of their dead parents. There are a lot of religious activities and celebrations carried out at the temple and these form the main attractions of the Ram Temple. Ramnavmi is the main festival celebrated at the temple. Apart from the Ram Temple there are 27 other temples located atop the hill that have been built in Brahmanical style.
Ram Temple is very famous for its peculiar OM structure that is found sited at the bottom of the Ramgiri Hills. The OM structure is 11 feet wide, 10.5 feet high and 350 feet long and is found to be adorned beautifully with the scenic descriptions of Krishna Leela, Ramayana and the idols of Sai Baba, Gajanan Maharaj and Hanuman. The people living in Ramtek and Nagpur are of the view that all the prayers at this temple are granted by the deity Lord Rama in the best interest of the people. The pious and serene temple surrounding provides the people with a great environment for peaceful prayers in order to appease the idol or the deity in the temple.
Shri Shantinath Jain Temple
Legend says it that Appasaheb Bhonsle, the Ruler of Nagpur, visited Ramtek along with Vadhman Sawvaji, his minister. After getting Ramchandra’s Darshan, Appasaheb Bhonsle in visited Sawvaji for meal but Sawvaji refused to have the meal because he was a Jain and he admitted that he would not take any meal without getting Jinadarshan. Hence, royal order was followed and the King’s men searched for Bhagwan Shantinath’s idol which was found under one tree. It was only after getting Darshan that Sawvaji took his meal. The king gave an order that the place or the tree under which the idol of Bhagwan Shantinath was found should get a temple erected and at the same time Ram Temple was also built atop a nearby hill which is now called Ramgiri Hills.
How to Reach Ramtek Nagpur
Ramtek Nagpur is a very holy and beautiful town in Nagpur that has also got a historical importance of its own.