The Devotional Saptashrungi of Maharashtra

Saptashrungi is a name not many people are familiar with. This site serves as both a shrine and tourist spot. Saptashrungi  is a hill range which is a part of the Sahyadri mountain range in the Western Ghats of India. Located 60 kilometers from the renowned city Nashik of Maharashtra, Saptashrungi is named after the hindu deity Saptashrungi Devi.

The Saptashrungi Devi temple located at the top of the hill

Saptashrungi serves as a major tourist attraction owing to the vast mountain range which functions as a popular sightseeing spot. Saptashrungi is a range of seven hills. ‘Sapta’ means seven and ‘Shrung’ means peak, hence the name Saptashrungi. The temple is located at the top of one of the hills. One has to climb 500 steps to get access to the temple. The steps lead to a gallery in the temple premises which gives a spectacular view of surrounding. The Vani village and Markandeya Peak as seen from Saptashrungi HillTo reach the hill where the temple is located one has to take the long, zigzag roads built on the mountain side.

The high elevation of the mountains provides beautiful horizontal views. At the bottom of the Saptashrungi hill is located a small village by the name Vani. The village looks spectacular from the hill-top. The Western Ghat has steep rock topography and is different from the topography from the rest of the India. A large number of local shops are built at the bottom of the Saptashrungi hill. The local villagers sell devotional items in these shops. The livelihood of the villagers depends on these shops.The zigzag road to Saptashrungi

Legends say that this place is one of the locations where one of Sati’s (first wife of Lord Shiva) limbs is reported to have fallen. There are 108 ponds located in the watershed of these hills. Locally these ponds are called Kundas. The peak opposite to the Saptashrungi hill is called Markandeya hill.

The terrain of Western Ghats

Nearest places to visit are Panchvati in Nasik, Sai Shirdi temple in Shirdi and Shani Shingnapur. Devotees visit these places in large numbers every day.


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