The one thing that makes India stand out from other countries is the rich treasure of exotic Hindu temples that are scattered across its length and breadth. It may come as a surprise that unlike other monolithic religions like Christianity and Islam which are based on the belief of the existence of one God for mankind, the Hindu religion is based on the belief of the existence of millions of Gods and Goddesses.
Fascinatingly, just as there are numerous deities, the number of temples in India are also unaccountable Here’s a list of famous Rama temples in India that are worth visiting. There is no dearth of Rama temples in India and every temple has its own unique architecture. Book your cheap flights to India on Indian Eagle right away for taking a temple tour in India.
Who is Ram in India?
Lord Rama is the mythological hero of the Hindu epic Ramayana who is believed to have killed the evil ten headed demon king for apprehending his better half Sita Devi. Most of the temples depict rock sculptures of the legendary hero Rama along with other top characters of the Hindu mythology, including his brother Lakshmana, wife Sita and the monkey God Hanuman who comes to his rescue. The victory of Lord Rama over Ravana symbolizes victory of good over evil and the denizens of the nation celebrate this during the auspicious festivals of Diwali, Navratri, and Dussehra.
What is the story of Ram Mandir?
History records that Lord Rama was born at a place in Ayodhya in North India’s Uttar Pradesh, popularly known as Ram Janmabhoomi located on the banks of river Sarayu. Hindus believe that a Ram Mandir (temple structure dedicated to lord Rama) once existed at this holy site but there is no concrete evidence to back it. Interestingly, a Mosque was demolished in Ayodhya almost two decades ago by certain agitated Hindu fringe groups who believe that their so called “Ram Mandir” once existed in the place of the demolished Mosque. Today, you will neither find a Ram Mandir nor a mosque at Ram Janmabhoomi!
Here’s our bucket-list of 5 most famous Rama Temples in India:
Sita Ramachandraswamy Temple, Bhadrachalam, Telangana
Sita Ramachandraswamy Temple, located on the banks of Godavari River in the southern state of Telangana is one of the most renowned Rama temples in Telangana and a top site for religious pilgrimages. The people of Bhadrachalam believe that the name of the temple is derived from a person named Bhadra who once inhabited the town of Bhadrachalam. According to a popular belief Bhadra transformed into a human from a stone and later got turned to a hillock by the spell by Lord Rama for some unknown reasons. The hillock today is referred to as Bhadrachalam and is the place where this temple rests.
Kalaram Temple Nashik, Maharashtra
The Kalaram Temple in Nashik was built in the year 1788 by Sardar Ranga Rao who people believe built this temple after having a dream of seeing a black statue of Lord Rama in the Godavari River. The Kalaram temple in Nashik sits in the center of Panchvati region of Maharashtra. The fascinating thing about this temple is you will find a black statue of Rama inside the premises and this also is the reason why it gets the name Kalaram Temple, Kalaram literally translates to “black ram”.
Raghunath Temple, Jammu
The iconic Raghunath Temple is situated in the northern most state of Jammu & Kashmir and is regarded as one of the biggest temple complexes of North India. Although the temple complex is home to seven Hindu shrines, the dominant shrine among them is the Lord Rama shrine and Raghunath is another name for Lord Rama. The temple walls feature paintings of more than 300 Hindu gods and Goddesses, a must-visit for those who admire paintings.
Kodandarama Temple, Karnataka
Kodandarama Temple situated in Karnataka’s Hampi is undoubtedly one of the most famous Sri Rama temples in Karnataka. The temple draws huge devotees year-round who come here to offer prayers to their most revered God, Lord Rama. Within the temple premises you will find the shrines of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita.
Ramaswami Temple, Kerala
Ramaswami Temple, also known as Thiruvangad Ramaswami Temple is located in Thalassery in Kerala. It is one of the most famous Rama temples in India and is also undeniably one of the most beautiful Rama Temples in South India. Interestingly, it is nicknamed as Brass Pagoda and the temple is one of the five major shrines of Lord Rama found in the state of Kerala.