As my stay continued at Nagpur, the next destination I
decided to visit was the Ramtek temple. I had heard a lot about this temple from the localites of this area and hence was quite keen to pay a visit to this famous tourist attraction. The
Ramtek temple of Nagpur is a premier place of worship for devotees who come from far off as well as nearby places to visit this temple. Located at the Ambala village this temple is a huge
monument which depicts excellent architecture.
I was mesmerised by the beauty and grandeur of this mega structure that dates back to ancient times. It has great historic as well as religious significance. According to mythology the Ramtek temple of Nagpur is considered to be the resting place of the Hindu god Rama during his exile of 14 years.
As the legends say the ashram of the great sage Agastya was located close to this temple and demons used to disrupt their rites and used to slay a number of holy men. Rama took a vow at this temple which is colloquially called as “tek” and hence the name suggests “Ramtek” that he will relieve the sages from the torture of the demons by slaying them. The padukas of lord Rama are worshipped at this temple since centuries.
The present temple is believed to be erected by the King of Nagpur, Raghuji Bhonsale after he came up to be victorious over the fort of Deogarh in Chindwara. The Ramtek is also well renowned for
its relation with the great poet Kalidasa, who is supposed to have written his Meghadootum while he resided in the hills of Ramtek. Moreover this region also depicts a blend of
Jain culture as it hold s a big ancient Jain temple that houses many ancient statues of the Jain Tirthankara.
As I admire places of historic significance the mythology attached with the Ramtek temple attracted me to know more about its origin. Moreover the ancient architectural style in which this huge monument has been constructed was truly a delight to me.