Saptashrungi Temple, Maharashtra

Saptashrungi temple is a prominent Hindu pilgrim site in Nashik district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Located on a hill range, it is considered to be one of the 51 Shaktipeeths (abode of Goddess Sati or Durga) in India. It is well known as the ‘three and half Shaktipeethas’ of Maharashtra and is dedicated to Goddess Saptashrungi. According to Hindu legend, the right arm of Goddess Sati had fallen in this site and is considered to be sacred among the Hindu community. It is believed that the presiding Goddess is Mahisasur Mardini who is a slayer of the buffalo demon, named Mahisasur. A head of a buffalo made of stone is found at the foot of the mountain believed to be the head of the demon. Many legends can be heard related to this holy place.<

The goddess is enshrined on the top floor on the two storied shrine. The huge idol referred to as ‘swayambhu’ which is carved on a rock have 18 hands holding different weapons on each. The shrine is surrounded by seven peaks and thus gets its name Saptashrungi, meaning seven peaks in Sanskrit. The idol is smeared with vermilion or sindoor and is ornamented with high crown, silver nose ring and necklaces.

Millions of pilgrims visit the shrine during the Chaitrotsav which last for 9 days. It is the main festival celebrated at the Saptashrungi temple. Childless women visit the shrine to seek the blessing of the deity. 510 steps have been cut out from the mountain leading it to the shrine. Presently there is a motarable road which can go up to an altitude of 1150 m. The remaining distance has to be covered by climbing the steps.

Timings

Saptashrungi Temple open at 06:00 AM to to 09:00 PM

Ropeway Tickets

80 INR per adult; 75 INR per Senior citizens and 40 INR per children below 12 year of age

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