Located at a distance of about 60 km from
Nashik, Saptashrungi is a beautiful hill range in the Western Ghats. The range
derives its name from two Sanskrit words namely ‘sapta’ meaning seven and
‘shrung’ meaning hills. The hills are endowed with 108 water bodies, which are
commonly known as kundas. These water reservoirs along with verdant landscapes
add to the beauty of the hills. The rich
biodiversity in Saptashrungi is known to produce a wide range of medicinal herbs.
In fact, as per the legends, when Lord Lakshman was injured and could only be
brought to senses by the ‘sanjeevani booti’, Lord Hanuman came to these hills
in search of the same.
There is also an ancient temple of
Saptashrungi perched on the hill and it is of immense religious importance among
the Hindu devotees. It is believed that the almighty goddess Saptashrungi
Nivasini resides amidst the seven hills. As per the mythological texts, Lord
Rama and Goddess Sita had visited the hills to seeks the blessing from
The shrine comprises of two stories and the
idol of the Devi is placed inside, surrounded by the seven peaks. The deity is
covered in vermilion or sindoor and hence, represents a burning orange colour.
The Devi here has 18 arms that hold weapons of insuperable strength and power.
With these weapons, the Devi is able to fight the demon Mahishasura.
The deity is 8 feet tall and is placed firmly
inside the temple; the ambience around the shrine radiates serenity. The
goddess provides love and safety to her devotees and erases all the sorrows,
grievances and discomfort from their lives.
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Legend of Saptashrungi
According to a popular legend, Goddess Sati’s
father did not approve of her marriage with Lord Shiva. She had married him out
of pure love and respect however, her father considered Lord Shiva as a mere
vagrant. One fine day, her father was performing a Yajna and he invited
everyone he knew, including the distant relatives and friends. Since he did not
invite his only daughter Sati, she felt terrible and went to the Yajna without
the invitation. On reaching, her presence wasn’t acknowledged by her father and
consequently, she felt disrespected and humiliated. Her father also started
talking ill about Lord Shive which she could not tolerate and unfortunately,
she plunged into the Yajna fire and ended her life.
On hearing this shocking news, Lord Shiva was
extremely infuriated and saddened. He reached the spot and picked up Devi
Sati’s body and started going around the universe. The Lord lost all his conscience
and control over himself. The situation became a matter of concern of all the
gods and goddesses. Therefore, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu took the
responsibility to calm Shiva down. With his divine power, Lord Vishnu cut the
body of Sati into 51 pieces and simultaneously these pieces fell on different
regions within the Indian subcontinent. Gradually, these spots came to be known
as ‘Shakhti Peethas’. Saptashrungi hill range is the place where the right arm
of Devi Sati fell and hence, a Shakti Peeth was formed.
It is believed that Saptashrungi Nivasini
goddess originated from the Kamandal, a pot used for storing holy water, of
Lord Brahma, who is, in turn, is the creator of the entire universe.
Saptashrungi Nivasini took the avatar of Devi Durga to slay the evil monster
Mahishasura at Satptashringi hills, who was creating chaos and havoc in the
Also known as the demon that represented half
monster and half buffalo, Mahisasura was destroyed by the Devi and after this
act, she started residing in Saptashrungi hills. Simultaneously, a temple was
constructed at this spot dedicated to goddess Saptashrungi. At the entrance of
this shrine, there is a huge sculpture of the head of a buffalo. The beautiful
front portico of this temple houses a Trishul embellished with lamps, holy
flags and bells.
The idol of Devis is installed inside the
temple and is adorned with various jewelleries such as a golden crown, necklace
and a silver nose ring. Her clothes comprise of a beautifully crafted blouse
and saari which are changed every day by pundits after performing the holy
ritual of Abhishek. While the Devi is
bathed, the jewelleries and other valuable possession sare kept safely in the
custody of the temple.
Saptashrungi Temple Timings
The doors of the shrine are open to its
devotees from 6 am to 6 pm, including public holidays. There is no entry fee at
The hills of Saptashrungi is also famous for
its trekking all around the year. In order to plan your trekking itinerary, you
need to contact various tour operators either through online or offline mode.
It almost costs ₹4000 per head for a 3-4 days trek. There are a few trek routes
that soar a s high as 4300 feet above sea level.
Tips for Visiting Saptashrungi
Chaitrotsav is one of the most famous
festivals held at Saptashrungi temple. Thousands of devotees travel to this
shrine to seek the blessings of Devi. If you want, you can plan your trip
around this time of the year.
On festive occasion such as Navratri, free
food is distributed to the people at this shrine. On usual days, you will have
to ₹15 to buy the food. The timings for food is from 11 am to 2 pm and 7 pm to
In order to reach the temple, you have to
climb 504 steps, therefore, it is advised that you dress comfortably and wear
shoes with good grip.
You cannot take your pets to the temple and
take off your footwear before entering the shrine.
The guides and the helpers at the temple are paid to supply you with
the service that they offer therefore, do not pay them the money yourself for a
How to Reach Saptashrungi?
Nasik Railway station is the nearest railhead
to Saptashrungi. You can also take MSTC buses that provide regular and
efficient services to these hills. A cable car that connects to Saptashrungi
temple is being constructed and should be ready to use in the near future.