Saptashrungi Devi Temple
Saptashrungi (when literally translated means “seven peaks”) is a Goddess Saptashrungi Nivasini dedicated temple located in Maharashtra. This temple belonging to the “51 Shakti Peethas” is situated in the district of Nashik. In addition, this temple is also considered as one among the “three and a half Shakti Peethas” of Maharashtra. Furthermore, according to popular folklore this temple is also supposed to have been built at the site where Goddess Sati’s (i.e. Lord Shiva’s first wife) limbs and right arm were supposed to have fallen while an angry Shiva was carrying her charred body on his shoulders around the earth.
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a. Best time to visit Saptashrungi Devi Temple
The ideal time to visit this “Devi” temple is during the winter season when the climate is extremely pleasant with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 32 degree Celsius to a minimum of 12 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Saptashrungi Devi Temple
Saptashrungi Devi Temple Map
1. By train:
The nearest station to this temple is located in Nashik. The Nashik Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur.
- Via Mumbai:
There is one route available from Mumbai to this temple, and it is via NH160.
- Via Navi Mumbai:
There are two routes from Navi Mumbai to this temple, and they are via NH160 and via NH160 and Maharashtra State Highway 17.
- Via Pune:
There are three routes from Pune to this temple, and they are via NH60, via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway/Mumbai-Pune Highway/Mumbai-Pune Expressway and NH60, and via Parner-Pune Highway.
- Via Nagpur:
There are three routes from Nagpur to this temple, and they are via Nagpur-Aurangabad Highway and Nagpur-Mumbai Highway, via MP SH 26 and Mumbai-Agra National Highway, and via Amravati Road /Nagpur Aurangabad Highway.
3. By air:
The closest airport is located in Mumbai in a suburb called Ville Parle. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the Saptashrungi Devi Temple
According to a myth, Goddess Sati in anger committed suicide in the fire of a yagna being performed by her father. In response an enraged Lord Shiva carried the burnt body of his wife Sati and performed the cosmic dance “Tandava”. This dance left all the other gods in heaven shaken and worried about the consequences of Shiva’s anger. So in response Lord Vishnu hurled his chakra at the burnt body and cut it into “51 pieces” which fell on various spots in the country. Apparently it was the limbs and right arms of Goddess Sati that fell at the site where this temple was eventually built. Hence this temple is considered to be one among the “Shakti Peetha” temples in the country.