Saptashrungi Devi temple, one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, is considered one of the important spiritual sites in Maharashtra. The temple is located at a height of 1230 meters above the sea level on the top of a series of seven hills called Saptshrung Gad near Vani (Nashik).
The temple is also famous as one of the “Three and half Shakti Peethas, Sadhe Teen Pethe” of Maharashtra.
Name ‘Saptashrungi Devi’ is itself indicates as it is surrounded by seven peaks of the mountains. Sapta means seven and Shrung means peaks, so Saptashrungi Devi means ‘Mother of Seven Peaks’.
The beautiful 10 feet goddess statue is carved on a single rock bearing various weapons in her 18 arms.
The Devi is portrayed in a rebellious pose with a Nath (Nose ring) decorating her nostrils.
One hand of the goddess is placed below her left ear as if Goddess is listening to the prayers of devotees. Always covered with Sindoor (saffron color), the goddess appears in aggressive mood.
Saptshrungi Devi is also known as “Mahishasur Mardini” (As Devi killed a buffalo devil – Mahishasur). Thus, the buffalo head, made of stone, is located at the bottom of the divine mount.
Mountain in front of Devi’s temple is called as ‘Markandeya hill’ as Sage Markandeya performed tapa here. According to Ethics, the sacred book “Devi Mahatmya” (also known as ‘Durga Saptashati’) was composed here by Markandeya Rishi.
There are over 108 water reservoirs on the mountain, known as Holy Kundas.
Devotees from all over India regularly came here to worship the Devi and offers coconuts and Sarees every day.
Sapatashrungi – Goddess of seven hills
Saptashrunga-nivasini – Resides on Saptashrunga, the seven hills
Saptashrunga-mata – The mother-(goddess) of Saptashrunga
Brahmasvarupini – The form of Brahma as the Goddess is which appeared from the kamandalu (water-pot) of the creator-god Brahma.
Best Time to Visit
Monsoon: Monsoon is the preferable time to visit Sapatashrungi.
Sapatashrungi has elevation of 1200 + meters. So even in summer, sun will be cool.
Morning: 06.00 AM
Noon: 12.00 PM
Evening: 07.30 PM
Navratri Festival – Usually in September
In Ashwin (Hindu month) Shukla Paksha Dashami a big utsav (festival) is held at this place. Dussera and Navaratri are major festivals in the temple when, for nine days, the temple is flocked by thousands of devotees.
Chaitrosav – Usually in April
The most important festival here in Saptashrungi temple is Chaitrotsav, “the Chaitra festival”.
This festival starts on Rama Navami (the ninth lunar day of the Hindu month Chaitra) and culminates on Chaitra Poornima (full moon day), the biggest day of the festival.
The festival is also attended specifically by childless women who seeking blessings of goddess for getting the child.
Purnima – Every Month
According to the Hindu Lunar Calendar, Tuesday and Friday and eighth, ninth and fourteenth days are particularly special days for offering pujas (worship) to the goddess.
Other festivals celebrated are the Gudi Padwa, Gokulashtami, Navratrotsav, Kojagiri, Laxmipujan, HariHar Bhet and many more, which are attended by a large number of devotees.
Food, Accommodation and Facilities at Sapatashrungi
Food options are available in large quantity.
For lodging, the Temple trust has built Dharmshala with almost 190 rooms.
Dharmshala office functions 24 hours.
No reservation facility available
Rooms are available for a day only
Also Bank, ATM and hospital are available in Sapatashrungi.