In the year 1858, a group of Ashram leaders set off on a mission to build a Hindu temple in the town of Bhashkar in Maharashtra.
The ambitious project had a huge impact on the lives of Hindus and created a ripple effect in Maharashtra’s history.
Ashram Bhaskarpur in Bhaskarmarh was completed in 1864.
In 1864, a Hindu group led by Ashram Bhansharma, a student of the famous philosopher Bhaskaranjan Swami Pratap Chandra Bose, had set out from Kolkata and set off to India to build the temple at Bhaskaram, on the outskirts of the city.
The ashram was the first in the state of Maharashtra.
Bhanshaharma’s efforts were instrumental in the development of the region.
He began to collect materials and construct his temple in 1866.
It was one of the earliest Hindu temples in Maharashtra and the site was the focal point of religious worship in the region and an important site for the religious pilgrimage of Hindus to Kolkato.
In 1877, the ashram became a permanent home for Hindus who came to the city to worship.
Bhanshalam, who was a local, came to visit the ashrams and stayed there for many years.
In 1896, Bhanshelam was made a national monument and in 1918, Bhaskarsharma’s tomb was dedicated to him.
The first Hindu temple at the site is located in the area today known as the Bharatiya temple complex, which was inaugurated by the Shiv Sena-BJP government in 2019.
The Ashram has long been a popular tourist attraction, with visitors spending hours wandering around its grounds.
The area of Bhankar has become a popular destination for tourists visiting the temple complex.
“We’ve got a lot of people coming from Mumbai and the neighbouring towns,” said Gopal, who owns a restaurant in the village.
“They are looking for a Hindu place to go to, even though they don’t speak a word of Hindi.
The place has always been a magnet for tourists.”
Ashrama Bhaskarshan was built on the site of Bhansheharma ashram in 1876.
For years, the Ashram had been in disrepair.
In 1931, a fire destroyed the temple.
The fire killed a number of devotees and many temples were rebuilt.
However, the fires of the early 1950s and 1960s killed many of the devotees.
The current situation is dire for the Ashrams in the valley and the village is now a ghost town.
“A lot of the old temples have been destroyed.
They were destroyed because of fire.
Now, all the temples are damaged and people are going back to their houses,” said Prabhakar, a resident.
However, Ashram Ghatu was saved by the local community.
“The Ashrama Ghatan, which has been running since the early 1960s, is being restored by people from the neighbouring village of Khurna,” said a resident, adding that many temples have already been renovated.
“We are building another temple at Kalka.
We will restore the Ashrama Bhanshi Ghatal in the next three to four years.”
The history of Bhakar in the decades following the temple fire has been a story of rebirth and rebirth.
A temple built in the 18th century has been preserved in the same way that temples of the past were restored.
A memorial plaque has been installed in the ashrama to mark the death of Bhancharhish, the founder of the ash Ramanathapuram.
It has been over 150 years since the ash ramanath was constructed and the community is still trying to restore the building to its former glory.
An ashram with a heritage in its heart has been constructed in Bhankara, a district in Maharashtra, about 40 kilometres from the Ashkar in Mumbai.