The Hill Temple of The Ram in the Historical town of Ramtek in The Nagpur district has a glorious significance! The shrine appears to be a fort later converted into a temple, has a Linga and Nandi before the main shrine. The renovated buildings in the temple complex were constructed by Raghuji Bhonsale, the Maratha ruler of Nagpur in 18th century after his victory over fort of Deogarh in Chindwara.  

It is said that Ramtek was the place where The Great Ram of the Hindu people, rested while he was in exile. According to history the ashram of the sage Agastya was situated close to the town of Ramtek. This place is also related to the great Sanskrit poet Kalidasa that he wrote his collection of poems Meghadūta in the hills of Ramtek.

Ramtek is also known for an ancient Jain temple with various ancient sculptures of the sixth Jain Tirthankara Shantinatha, who hails from the Ikshvaku Dynasty, born to King Vishvasena and Queen Achira at Hastinapur. The Jain Monk Shantinatha who always looks like a young boy ruled his kingdom for over 25,000 years and became a Siddha thus he established harmony in this kingdom. This shrine signifies his glorious life!

Later on, The town of Ramtek was ruled by Gond rulers before being won by the Bhonsale rulers of Nagpur in the eighteenth century.

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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