This year, April 4 and 5 will mark Ram Navami, the last day of the Chaitra Navratri. It is the auspicious day when Lord Ram, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu was born. In order to celebrate this festival, Nagpur will witness some stunning shobhayatras which will start and conclude from city’s popular temples like the Sri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir and Ram Nagar Ram Mandir.
Every year, thousands of devotees visit Sri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir during Chaitra Navratri. But very few know the actual history behind the temple.
On the eve of Ram Navami, here are some quick facts that you need to know about Sri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir.
1. From where it all started!
Sri Poddareshwar Ram Mandir was constructed in 1923 by Late Shri Jamnadhar Poddar who was related to the famous Poddar family of Bissau, Rajasthan. Jamnadhar Poddar was involved in the cloth distribution that was manufactured in Empress Mill. After his son’s untimely demise, Poddar dedicated his time for religious activities and upliftment of others. This eventually led to the establishment of the temple.
2. Stunning interiors and exteriors!
The temple is a treat for everyone who has a thing for modern architecture. The interiors and exteriors are made of marble and sandstone. As the temple is dedicated to the characters of Ramayana, one can easily spot scenes from the Hindu epic saga, on the walls of the temple.
3. Dharamshala: For a peaceful stay!
Much before the construction of the temple, Jamnadhar Poddar started a Dharamshala, a free stay for travellers who visited Nagpur. After 1923, when devotees started visiting the temple in huge numbers, the Dharamshala became the most affordable option for accommodation. The trust of the temple that manages the working of dharamshala is looking to expand it.
4. When Mayor performs the puja!
As mayor is considered the first citizen, hence every year, he gets to perform the puja and inaugurate the grand shobhayatra. The shobhayatra covers about ten kilometres around the main places in Nagpur.
5. Shobhayatra: The major highlight!
Source: Tales of Central India
Every year to mark the day of Ram Navami, the temple hosts one of the biggest shobhayatras in Nagpur. It consists of colourful tableau, chariots, floats and artists dressed as various characters from Ramayana. It starts from the temple itself and covers areas like Chitar Oli, Mahal Chowk, Gandhi Gate Square, Munje Chowk, Jhansi Rani Square and Sitabuldi Main Road. Devotees attend this beautiful carnival in large numbers and the fireworks show that follows is an incredible sight to watch!