Saptashrungi Devi Temple
Saptashrungi Devi Temple is a popular Hindu temple situated in the Nasik district of Maharashtra. This temple falls under one of the most revered temples in the state of Maharashtra. Saptashrungi Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Saptashrungi. The fact that this temple is one of the celebrated 51 Shakti Peethas in the Indian subcontinent makes it all the more special.
Shakti Peethas are temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti. She is the abode of Lord Shiva, Sati. Sati after being humiliated by her father decided to get consumed in the flames of Lord Agni. She took this step as she was agitated by her father’s indifference towards her husband. After this unfortunate event Lord Shiva was left heartbroken. He could not take the loss of his beloved and took his wife’s burnt body and moved across the length and breadth of India in wrath. In this process parts of Sati fell at different places across India. These holy places came to be known as Shakti Peethas.
Sati is referred to as Shakti or the source of life in Hindu mythology. She is the giver of life and also the one who supports life on earth. The worshippers of Shakti belong to a particular sect. They worship and its elements. The Saptashrungi Devi Temple is the place where the right arm of Sati had fallen. This temple is thus very popular in the whole of India amongst the worshippers of the Shakti tradition. People from different parts of India come to visit this temple. The rich mythological importance of this temple coupled with its picturesque location makes it’s a wonderful divine spot.
More about Saptashrungi Devi Temple
Saptashrungi Devi Temple is situated atop a cliff at an altitude of 1230 km. the temple is popularly known as ‘three and a half Shakti Peethas’ of Maharashtra. It is also believed that presiding deity of Saptashrungi Devi Temple is Mahishasur Mardini, who was the slayer of the demon, Mahishasur. One can find the head of a buffalo made out of stone at the foot of the hill. It is said that it belonged to a demon.
Architecture of Saptashrungi Devi Temple
Saptashrungi Devi Temple is a two storeyed structure. This structure is very well made and managed. It has been preserved with great care till this date.
The Devi is enshrined at the top floor of the temple shrine. It is said that the idol housed in the temple is said to be self-manifested carved on a rock on the sheer face of a mountain. The idol of Devi is 10 feet tall and has 18 arms. Each hand holds a particular weapon. The idol is adorned with precious jewels, sindoor and a crown. The goddess looks all beautiful and divine in here this form in the Saptashrungi Devi Temple.
Festival celebrated at Saptashrungi Devi Temple
Several festivals are celebrated at this temple complex. The most important festival to be celebrated here is the festival of Chaitrotsav. The festivals starts on the day of Rama Navmi, the birthday of Lord Ram. It culminates on the Chaitra Poornima or the full moon day which is the most important day of the festival. Hoards of pilgrims from different parts of India come to visit this temple. The festival is attended specifically by childless women. The nine day festival welcomes around 1 million devotees. The sight of the festivities is a treat to the eyes. A visit to this temple during the time of festivities feels like an overall other worldly experience. This festival celebrated with great fervor. Saptashrungi Devi Temple is a sight to endure during Chaitrotsav.
A Tourist’s Guide
Saptashrungi Devi Temple is situate at a distance of 65 km from the city of Nasik. The temple is open from 5 am to 7 pm on all days of the week. In order to reach atop the hill one has to climb a series of 470 steps in order to reach the temple complex. There is also a trolley system for the convenience of visitors who cannot climb steps. The nearest railway station from Saptashrungi Devi Temple is km away. The nearest airport is km away from Saptashrungi Devi Temple. One can find hotels in the city of Nasik.
Saptashrungi Devi Temple is a major pilgrimage center in Maharashtra. This temple holds a lot of importance in Hindu mythology. The serene location of the temple adds on to the divine aura of this place. One must visit the exorbitant temple of Saptashrungi Devi when in Maharashtra.