Saptashrungi devi vani temple is one of the places of Shakti-peethas of Hindu goddess. It lies on a high mountain near vani village of Maharashtra.
Best Time To Visit: You can visit Saptashrungi devi vani temple all year round.
Location: Vani, Kalwan Taluka, 60 km north of the Nashik city, Maharashtra (India).
Saptashrungi Devi Vani Temple Information
Shree Saptashrungi Devi temple is situated on Saptshrungi Gad at Vani near Nashik, Maharashtra. This temple is one of the 51 Shakti-peethas located in India. This goddess is believed to be self-manifested (swayambhu). Idol of deity always remains covered by orange colored Sindhoor coating, which is a holy color. The expressions of idol of goddess looks aggressive & furious. Saptashrungi Gad is the highest peak in Ajanta-Satmal ranges of Sahyadri Mountains which is about 1380 meters from MSL. Saptashrungi devi vani temple is one of the most visited and religious places in Maharashtra.
This temple is surrounded by 7 (=sapta) peaks(=shrunga), hence known as Sapta-Shrungi devi temple. The temple lies right on the cliff side at 1230 meters above sea level. Devi Mahatmya is a sacred book that describes the greatness of Devi and her deeds were written by a philosopher Markandeya Rishi. The hill of Markandeya is there on the front side of the temple. There are total 108 water reservoirs (kunda’s) on this mountain.Every year auspicious festivals like Navratri, Gokul Ashtami, Gudhipadwa, Laxmi Pujan, Chaitrotsav, Mahashivratri & Kojagiri Pournima are celebrated in the temple!
Saptashrungi Devi Ashtbhuj Idol
The idol of Saptshrungi devi is 10 feet tall & having 18 hands holding different weapons (like Arrow, Lotus, Trident, Bow, Sudarshan Chakra, Lance etc.). The idol of Saptashrungi devi vani temple is in a cave like a place.
It has 8 arms (Asht Bhuj) and has following things in her arms.
- The ‘Trishula’ (Trident) Of Shiva
- The ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ Of Vishnu
- The ‘Shankha’ (Conch) Of Varuna
- The Flames Of Agni
- The Bow And Arrow Of Vayu
- The ‘Vajra’ (Thunderbolt)
- The ‘Ghanta’ (Bell) Of Indra
- The ‘Danda’ (Cudgel) Of Yama
- The ‘Akshamala’ (String Of Beads) Of Daksha
- The ‘Kamandalu’ (Water Pot) Of Brahma
- The Rays Of The Sun
- The Sword And Shield Of Kali
- The ‘Parashu’(Axe) Of Vishvakarma
- The Wine Cup Of Kubera Along With A ‘Gada’ (Mace)
- Lotus, Lance And ‘Pasha’ (Noose).
Saptashrungi Devi is popularly known as Mahishasur Mardini. Mahishasur was a demon king in the form of a buffalo who was bothering the local people. The other devtas and people urged goddess to kill the demon who was hidden in the nearby forest. So goddess saptashrungi destroyed him to save people. The right arm of this deity is cut off when agitated Lord Shiva was carrying her dead body around the world on his shoulders and Lord Vishnu had cut her body into 55 pieces with his Sudarshana Chakra. So 55 shakti peetha’s were formed due to the falling of these body parts.
There are huge varieties of trees which are used for the medicinal purpose on Saptashrungi mountain. It is said to be a part of Dandakaranya forest. According to legends, Shree Hanuman carried the herbal medicine for wounded Laxman (in Ramayana) from this hill only. This deity comes under the 4 shakti peethas in Maharashtra along with Tulja Bhavani in Tuljapur (family deity of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj), Mahalaxmi in Kolhapur and Renuka Devi in Mahur.
There is a rock carved buffalo head where you start climbing the steps which symbolize the victory of goddess over evil. You need to cross 500 steps to at the top of the Saptashrungi devi vani temple from mountain base which takes 40-50 minutes. These steps were built in 1710 CE and there are sculptures of tortoise, Shree Ram, Shree Krishna, Shree Hanuman, Radha & Shree Datta near the rock-cut steps. Unlike earlier, now there are Separate flights of stairs for climbing up and coming down. Now, a motorable road has also been built up to the 1150 meters which are a faster way to reach atop!
Devotees from all over the India give a visit to this temple throughout the year. Generally, a saree along with coconut is offered to the deity. In monsoon season, you can see magnificent panoramic views of the mountains & lush greenery. Saptashrungi devi vani temple & surroundings gets covered by misty fog in the monsoon season as it is at a considerable height from MSL. There are 14 hill forts in the nearby Saatmala-Ajanta range of the Sahyadris. These forts offer ample of trekking opportunities. So huge number of trekkers wanders amidst this mountain range every year.
IMPORTANT TOURIST INFORMATION
How To Reach Saptashrungi Devi Vani Temple
Many private travel vehicles regularly ply to Vani from all popular tourist cities in Maharashtra. There is a regular bus service from the base of the mountain to the temple at the top. Now a separate set of stairs for climbing up and coming down are also provided. Dolis & ropeway are available to carry goods & people (ropeway is only to carry goods not people).
- Nearest Railway Station: Nashik Road station is the nearest railhead to reach this temple. The station is 73 km away from the temple.
- Nearest Airport: Nashik- Ozar airport is the closest air-station to the temple.
Timings: Saptashrungi devi vani temple remains open to devotees between 6 am to 8 pm.
Ticket Charges: Temple authorities do not take any kind of ticket charges for darshan of deity!
Eating Stuff: There are many restaurants at the base & also on the top of the mountain to have a food.
Staying Options/ Accommodation: Some hotels are there in Vani for accommodation purpose or else you can stay at temple trusts’s accommodation known as Bhakta Niwas.
Nearby Attractions: Kalikund and Suryakund, Shivtirtha, Jalagumpha, Tambultirtha, Saticha Kada, Markendeya Darshan etc.
Saptashrungi devi vani temple is an importance place of religious significance. You can visit this temple within one day from Nashik.