Shree Renuka Mata is a site of Hindu pilgrimage situated at Chandwad 65 kilometres from Nashik.
City buses and auto rickshaws are available from various corners of the city to reach the temple. This temple is supposed to stand on the spot where Lord Ram lived during hid exile. It was built in 1782 by Sardar Rangrao Odhekar on the site of an old wooden temple. The work is said to have lasted twelve years, 2000 persons being daily employed. It is one of the finest modern temples of Ramji in western India. The temple has a seventeen feet high wall of plain dressed stone which surrounds a well kept enclosure 245 feet long and 105 broad. It has seperate sabhamandap which is 75’*31’’*12 which is open from all sides. The temple has standing images of Lord Rama, Sita, Laxmana are of black stone and around 2 feet height. The Ramnavami festival is celebrated in Chaitra (March-April).
Rishi Parashurama was asked by his father Jamadagni (known for his anger) to kill his mother Renuka. Parashurama, being an obedient son, separated her head from body. The head landed in Chandwad while the body fell near Mahur.