Ramtek Jain Temple
Comprising of idols of Jain Tirthankara and Shantinatha, the 16th Jain Tirthankara is a Jain shrine in Maharashtra known as the Ramtek Jain Temple. This extremely old “Jain Temple” is located in a city called Ramtek in the Nagpur district. According to an historical fact this Jain shrine gained popularity when a leading “Digambar Jain Acharya” called Acharya Vidyasagar personally visited Ramtek for the first time in 1993 along with his followers. Furthermore, he visited Ramtek two more times in the years 1994 and 2008.
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a. Best time to visit Ramtek Jain Temple
The best time to visit this “Jain” temple is during the winter season when the climate is pleasant with the minimum temperature dropping to as low as 10 degree Celsius and which begins in October and ends in March.
b. How to reach Ramtek Jain Temple
Ramtek Jain Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this temple is located in Nagpur. The Nagpur Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nashik, and Nagpur.
- Via Mumbai:
There are two routes from Mumbai to this temple, and they are via Nagpur-Aurangabad Highway and via NH53.
- Via Navi Mumbai:
There are two routes from Navi Mumbai to this temple, and they are via Nagpur-Aurangabad Highway and via NH53.
- Via Nashik:
There are two routes from Nashik to this temple, and they are via Nagpur-Aurangabad Highway and via MP SH 26.
- Via Nagpur:
There are two routes from Nagpur to this temple, and they are via NH44 and via Kamtee Road and NH44.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Nagpur. The Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as international destinations such as Doha, Sharjah etc.
c. Religious significance of Ramtek Jain Temple
According to a legend a “King of Nagpur” called Raghujii Bhonsale along with his accountant (also known as “Munim” locally) arrived at Ramtek with the intention of building a temple devoted to Lord Ram. One day the accountant reported to king later than usual and when asked the reason for his late arrival, he answered that he was a Jain and he is not supposed to eat food unless he worshipped a Jain deity. Now the problem was that the closest Jain temple was located at a distance of 30 km and hence visiting it caused his delay. Satisfied with the accountant’s answer he ordered his troops to locate a Jain temple in the vicinity of this village. However, the troops returned and informed the king that there was no Jain temple that could be found around this village. The only exception according to the troops was a deity supposedly belonging to the Jain religion situated down the hills worshipped by many villagers. It was then in response to his troops survey that the king and his munim went to see this Jain deity. After inspecting the deity in totality he then instructed his men to build a Jain temple at that site which over the years has gained fame as the “Ramtek Jain Temple”.
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