Saptashrungi Nivasini Devi
The famous Saptashrungi Temple is located on the top of a cliff 1230 m above sea level on a beautiful hill of Saptashrunga Parvat of Sahyadri Hills. The name ‘Sapta’ stands for ‘Seven’ and ‘Shrunga’ for ‘Peaks’. Thus, the temple is surrounded by seven hills. A large number of devotees visit Vani Devi temple every day.
There are three and a half Shakti Peeths or Centres of Divine Power are in Maharashtra namely – the Mahalakshmi Temple at Kolhapur, Tulja Bhavani Temple at Tuljapur, Renuka Temple at Mahur (Matripur) and the Sapatashrungi Temple of Vani. While, the first three are believed to be the repository of complete power, the Saptshrungi Temple is considered as ardha or half Shaktipeeth.
Nashik is the nearest city to this temple. This temple is 21 kms from Vani village, 10 kms from Nanduri village, 35 kms from Saputara and 60 kms from Nashik city. Nanduri and Vani are the villages nearest to the temple, which are situated at the foot of the hills.
Saptashrungi Temple is two storied shrine with the Devi enshrined in the top floor. The Saptashrungi Devi image is carved in a cave at the base of a sheer scarp rock face. The Saptashrungi Devi is said to be swayambhu (self-manifested) on a rock on the sheer face of a mountain. The Saptshrungi Devi's idol is placed in the temple which is approx 10 feet high with 18 hands, holding various weapons on each hand. The idol is always covered with sindoor.
There are around 108 water ponds on this Mountain and they are known as Kundas. The sight of the temple is mesmerizing during the Navratri when all the 108 kunds or water reservoirs lighted with diyas. Devotees taking holy dip in water body near Mahadev Temple.
There are many legends associated with this temple. According to one legend, The Saptashrungi Devi appeared here on the hills when all the devtas pleaded and worshipped the Goddess Shakti to destroy the Rakshash Mahishasur. The demon Mahishasur was a man with Buffalo head. Then the goddess Shakti originated here in the form of Devi Saptashrungi to slaughter the demon Mahishasur. This story is considered as the true legend as there’s a head of Mahishasur in stone form on the beginning of the temple steps, which was slaughtered by the goddess. The goddess is said to be the “Mahishasur Mardini”.
It is believed that the temple was visited by the Lord Rama, Mata Seeta and Lord Laxman during their excursion period and worshipped the goddess Saptashrungi.
As you go a little further from the temple there is a peak called Sheetakada and a deep valley. It is approximately 1500 feet deep. An anecdote attached to this place goes like this. A lady prayed and urged Goddess Bhagawati to give her a son. If her wish was fulfilled by the Goddess, as a gesture of gratitude, she offered to jump in the valley, sitting in a bullock-cart. It is said that since she got a son, the lady kept her promise and did jump along with her son sitting in a bullock-cart in the valley. The marks of bullock-cart are still visible on the Sheetkada. The Sheetakada is at the height of approximately 4638feet from the sea level. The Goddess Bhagawati is also called as Wani Goddess.
A hill named after the great sage Markandeya is situated at opposite to the Saptashrunga Hill. The sage Markandeya was rigorous follower of the goddess. A local myth says that a tiger resides in the garbagriaha (sanctum sanctorum) every night and a keeps a watch on the temple but goes away before sunrise.
The Goddess Saptashrungi Nivasini Devi witnesses a huge crowd of pilgrims on Tuesdays, Fridays and the holy Navaratri days & Dussehra . The temple celebrates its main festivals in the month of Chaitra and Ashvin Navrati of the Hindu calendar. The most important festival of the Saptashrungi temple is Chaitrotsav. The festival starts on Rama Navami 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. The Holy Flag of Goddess Bhagawati flutters in the north of Saptashringa Garh. Hoisting of the Flag is a privilege of a particular family. The ritual of Flag hoisting on a specific day is witnessed by thousands of devotees.
Kalikund,Suryakund, Jalagumpha, Shivtirtha, Tambultirtha, Markendeya Darshan and Saticha Kada are the nearby holy places to this temple.
A path has been cut out from the mountains to form steps that lead to the temple. Now, a motorable road has been built, which goes up to an altitude of 1150 m. From that place one has to climb only 470 steps to reach the shrine. Benches at certain intervals have been placed for the pilgrims. Old records show's that these steps were built by Umabai Dabhade in 1710.
Pilgrims visiting the famous Saptashrungi goddess temple located atop a hill have the facility to reach the shrine using funicular trolleys. Recently this facility is launched for the pilgrims.
Hotels and lodges are available at an affordable price range near the temple. Temple trust has built Dharmshala with capacity of 190 rooms for the devotees accommodation. Online booking facility is also available. Best hotel options are at at Nashik city.
Nashik is the nearest major city to this temple, which have good transport access to the major cities of Maharashtra. Pimpalgaon bus stand is 46.8 kms.
MSRTC buses were running frequently between Nanduri – Saptashrungi Temple. Nanduri is base station to reach Saptashrungi which is just 10kms. From here, last steep road to hill top stretch starts.
Nashik Road Railway Station is 72.9 kms and Niphad railway station is 61.1 kms from the temple.
Nashik Gandhinagar Domestic Airport is just 69 kms from here. Buses, Taxis and private transport is available from Nashik city.
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