Located around 50 km from Nagpur, Ramtek is Central India’s spiritual capital worth exploring.
The Word Ramtek has a mystical origin. ‘Tek’ means vow in the local language; hence the word Ramtek comes from ‘Vow of Ram.”
History states that, when Shree Ram was resting while in exile, he came across a disturbing reality. When sages used to perform religious rites, demons used to intrude the activities. Rama was disappointed to hear about this and took a vow to free the world from the demons. The Vow of Ram gave Ramtek its’ name.
It is believed that if you take a vow at Ramtek, it will be fulfilled.
Ramtek hosts the historical temple of Rama. It is believed that Ramtek was the place where Shree Rama, Maa Sita, and Lakshmana rested while they were in exile. According to Hindu history, the ashram of the Hindu philosopher Agastya was located near Ramtek. From the Vakataka period (2000 years ago) to Yadavas, everyone worshipped Rama in Ramtek. The existing Ram temple was constructed by Raghuji Bhonsale, the Maratha ruler of Nagpur, in the 18th century CE after his triumph over the fort of Deogarh in Chindwara.
Ramtek is also related to the Sanskrit poet Kalidasa. Kalidasa wrote Meghadūta in the hills of Ramtek. Meghadūta is a lyric poem written by Kālidāsa, considered to be one of the greatest Sanskrit poets. It describes how a yakṣa, a subject of the god of wealth (King Kubera), after being banished for a year to Central India for overlooking his duties, convinces a moving cloud to take a message to his wife at Alaka on Mount Kailasa in the Himalayan mountains. Ramtek is also known for the ancient Jain temple with various ancient statues of Jain Tirthankara.
The much-renowned 600-year-old Ram Temple and the grand Shantinath Atishaya Kshetra that carry incredible engravings and magnificent paintings are some of the top sightseeing places. There’s the Poet Kalidas Memorial – a beautiful brown brick home where Kalidas wrote his world-famous poetry – Meghadootam. The highlight of the gallery is that the paintings here depict scenes from the Kalidasa plays.
Khindsi Lake, a naturally formed water body with charming flora and fauna surrounding it, is another attraction in Ramtek. The lake offers boat rides in a tranquil environment. An earth-filled dam named the Ramtek Dam is a brilliant hideout. It has no spillway gates, provides splendor and serene space for picnics.