Unveiling The Enigmatic Green-Coloured Ram Of Hooghly

In the tranquil embrace of the Guptipara in Hooghly lies a hidden gem—a mesmerising statue of Lord Ram adorned in a distinctive 'Shyamal' or green color. Delve into the ancient tales as we unravel the history of this unique shrine.

The verdant hue of Ram intrigues—have you ever witnessed such a depiction? Nestled in a specific enclave in Hooghly, this green-coloured Ram's abode in Guptipara is not just a sanctuary for Ram but also for his wife, Sita, and brother Lakshman. Their presence is not only characterised by the green colour but also by the vibrant shades of Ashoka flowers. Alongside them stands the ebony-hued Hanuman, a symbol of devotion.

On the other side, in Ayodhya, on January 22, 'Ram Lalla'—the child Ram—has found his divine abode.

Explore the tales embedded in this ancient Hooghly temple on this special day, where continuous prayers echo throughout.

The pages of this temple's history reveal that the statues of Ram, Lakshman, and Sita were crafted from nim wood. Raja Harishchandra Ray initiated the construction and consecration of this temple. In the late eighteenth century, the Vrindavan Chandra Jew Math was established in Guptipara, hosting temples dedicated to Krishna, Ramchandra, and Nityananda Gauranga.

Remarkably, Ram's temple here is made of terracotta, witnessing daily rituals year-round. The grand celebration on Ram Navami has now ceased, but the temple still draws devotees for regular worship.

Meanwhile, the vibrant Rath Yatra of Vrindavan Chandra Jew in the courtyard captivates devotees. The temple is a convergence point for many devotees during this grand celebration.

In the vicinity, the Raghunath Jew Mandir stands tall, hosting the statues of Ram, Sita, and Lakshman. Established by Ramananda Adhikari, the temple has a storied past, witnessing a shift in its location due to changes in the course of the Bhagirathi river.

Taking care of these temples is the Archaeological Division of India.

Committee member Samantak Ganguly shared their excitement, revealing plans for the installation of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya. Devotees are anticipated to flock to the Ram temple in Guptipara, with daily rituals and the grand Rath Yatra of Vrindavan Chandra Jew being the highlights.

The preist, or Purohit Shivabendu Banerjee, confirmed that all four temples receive daily worship, preserving ancient idols. The worship of Ram Chandra separately has ceased, aligning with contemporary practices. Despite fewer devotees, the temples stand strong, welcoming those who wish to offer their prayers.

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