The Kaalaram temple is situated in the Panchvati area of Nashik near the banks of Godavari River. It is dedicated to Lord Ram and is among one of the largest, prominent and the most captivating temples in the city. The most amazing feature of the temple is that it is totally black, spread in a sprawling campus.
About the Temple
The entire temple is made of black stones brought from the Ramshej Mountains and built in 1790 by Sardar Odhekar of Peshwa. It took 12 years, 23 lakhs of rupees and 2000 workers to build this beautiful temple. The only hint of any other colour is provided by the gleaming spire of the temple which is capped with 32 tonnes of gold. The main sanctum houses black stoned idols of Lord Rama, His wife Sita and His brother Laxman. Since the image of the Lord is in black colour, the temple has come to be known as ‘Kaala Ram’ meaning ‘black Ram’. Right across the sanctum is the idol of Lord Hanuman which is similarly black in colour and enshrined in such a way that He faces His beloved Master, Lord Rama.
The porch of the temple is decorated with pillars and arches. Idols of Lord Vithala and Lord Ganesha can be spotted in the courtyard. This temple is situated in the Kaalaram temple lane. Unlike Kaalaram, Goraaram is a much smaller temple and has idols of Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita in fair hue; which is how the temple gets its name.
The festivals of Ram Navami, Dusshera and Gudi Padwa are celebrated here.
There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Nashik.
Nashik railway station is one of the major stations of the Central Railways. There are a number of trains that connect Nashik to other cities and towns. Nashik is 185 km from Mumbai and can reach through NH-3 via Thane-Kasar-Igatpuri.
Nearest airport is Mumbai or Pune with a distance of 175 km.
Gora Rama Temple,
Pincode - 422003.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.