Saptashrungi Devi Temple Maharashtra Full Details

Saptashrungi Devi Temple Maharashtra Full Details

  • Locality/village :- Nashik
  • State :- Maharashtra
  • Country :- India
  • Nearest City/Town :- Mumbai
  • Best Season To Visit :- All
  • Languages :- Marati, Hindi & English
  • Temple Timings :- 6:00 AM and 9:00 PM.
  • Photography :- Not Allowed.

Saptashrungi Devi Temple, Vani

Saptashrungi is a site of Hindu pilgrimage situated 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Nashik in West Indian state of Maharashtra in India. According to Hindu traditions, the goddess Saptashrungi Nivasini dwells within the seven mountain peaks. (Sapta means seven and shrung means peaks.) It is located in Nanduri, Kalwan taluka, a small village near Nashik in India. Devotees visit this place in large numbers every day. The temple is also known popularly as one of the “three and half Shakti Peethas” of Maharashtra. The temple is also one among the 51 Shakti Peethas located on the Indian subcontinent and is a location where one of Sati’s (first wife of Lord Shiva) limbs, her right arm is reported to have fallen.
Saptashrungi Devi Temple Maharashtra Full Details

Saptashrungi Devi Temple History

According to Hindu belief, an insulted Sati, the wife of Lord Shiva, sacrificed herself at a yagna (fire worship ritual) which was being performed by her father Dakshmaharaj. Angry with this incident, Lord Shiva started the tandava nritya (dance of destruction). In order to prevent destruction of all creation, Lord Vishnu used his Sudershan charka (wheel) to cut the body of Sati into several parts. Sati’s body was scattered all over what is presently the Indian subcontinent. There are 51 such holy spots where temples have been erected and they are called Peethas or the Shakti Peethas. Sati’s limb, her right arm is reported to have fallen here.

Saptashrungi Devi Temple Legend

It is also said that when the demon king Mahishasura was creating havoc in the forests, the devatas and people urged Durga to kill the demon. Then the 18 armed Saptashrungi Devi took the form of Durga and slayed Mahishasura, and since then she is also known as Mahishasura Mardhini. Mahishasura was in the form of a buffalo. At the foot of the hill, from where one starts climbing the steps, there is the head of a buffalo, made in stone, which is believed to be of demon Mahishasura.

In the epic Ramayana war, when Lakshmana was lying unconscious in the war field, Hanuman came to Saptashrungi hills in search of medicinal herbs to restore his life. Saptashrung Mountain was a part of the forest called Dandakaranya mentioned in the Ramayana. It is mentioned that Lord Rama, along with Seeta, and Lakshmana had come to these hills to pray to the goddess and seek her blessings.

In the hill of Markandeye, named after Sage Markandeya, there is a cave which is said to have been the abode of the sage. This hill is located to the east of Saptashringi and a deep ravine divides the two hills. While staying in this cave, Markandeya is believed to have recited puranas (Hindu scriptures) to entertain the Devi.

Another local myth is that a tiger resides in the garbagriha (sanctum sanctorum) every night and a keeps a watch on the temple but goes away before sunrise. Yet another myth is that when a person was trying to destroy a beehive, the Devi appeared before him to prevent the act.

Saptashrungi Devi Temple Architecture

Saptashrungi Temple is two storied shrine with the Devi enshrined in the top floor. The Devi image is carved in a cave at the base of a sheer scarp rock face. The Devi is said to be swayambhu (self-manifested) on a rock on the sheer face of a mountain. She is surrounded by seven (sapta in Sanskrit) peaks (shrungain Sanskrit), hence the name: Sapta Shrungi Mata (mother of the seven peaks).

The Devi is decorated with high crown (like a papal tiara), and a silver nose-ring and necklaces which are the ornaments used every day. Her attire is in the form of a robe with a blouse, which are changed with new dresses every day. Before she is dressed for worship she is religiously given a formal abhisheka or bath; warm water is reported to be used for two days in a week. The courtyard in front of the temple has a trident or Trishula decorated with bells and lamps. There are other precious ornaments of the goddess which are normally kept at Vani in safe custody but are used to decorate the deity on special festival days. The Devi’s image is painted bright red with ochre called sindoor, which is considered auspicious in this region; however, the eyes are not touched by the colour but are made of white porcelain, which shine very brightly.

The temple has undergone renovations recently also with creations of many facilities. The facilities created at the shrine consist of about 500 steps cut into the rock slopes of the hill, from above the road point, leading to the temple entrance, a community hall, a gallery for devotees to form queues and have orderly darshan of the goddess. The steps were built by Umabai Dabhade in 1710 AD. The steps are also seen with figures of Rama, Hanuman, Radha and Krishna, Dattatreya, and of tortoise at a few places on many temples dedicated to Durga or Mata.

Saptashrungi Devi Temple Daily Poojas And Festivals

The temple Opening & Closing time is 6:00AM – 6:00PM.

The most important festival of the Saptashrungi temple is Chaitrotsav, “the Chaitra festival”. The festival starts on Rama Navami (the ninth lunar day in the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Chaitra) and culminates on Chaitra Poornima (full moon day), the biggest day of the festival. The festival is also attended specifically by childless women making vows seeking blessings of goddess for children. About 250,000 attend the festival on the final day and as many as 1 million gather on the last three days of the nine-day festival. The devotees come from states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Saptashrungi Temple Food Timings

During special festivals like Navratri and poornima, food is offered to all devotees for free. Low cost but clean food is also available in the Priest’s houses. During other days people have to pay a donation of Rs. 15 to get the Prasadam. The timings for food is from 11 AM to 2 PM and 7 PM to 9 PM.

Saptashrungi Devi Temple How To Reach

Saptashrungi Devi Temple By Road:-
The Temple is present in Nashik. We can reach it easily by hiring bus or taxi from anywhere in the Maharashtra or from neighboring state. Maharashtra is connected with most of the Indian cities by road. The Maharashtra State Transport Corporation (MSTC) runs regulars bus service to the Temple. Nashik is 185 km from Mumbai and can reach through NH-3 via Thane-Kasar-Igatpuri. Nashik is 220 km away from Pune.

Saptashrungi Devi Temple By Rail:-
The nearest Railway Station to the temple is Nashik railway station.

Saptashrungi Devi Temple By Air:-
The Temple can be reached through nearest Gandhinagar Airport which is well connected with regular domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai.

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