Sapta Shrungi

A HUGE 8-FEET TALL ROCK-CUT HIGHLY ORNAMENTED IMAGE OF GODDESS DURGA

SAPTA SHRUNGI

At a distance of 26 km from Vani and 65 km from Nashik, Saptashrungi Devi Mandir is situated near Nanduri village. The temple lies atop the cliff with an altitude of 1,230 m. 
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Saptashrungi. and is known popularly as one of the 'three and half Shakti Peethas' of Maharashtra. The temple is also one among the 51 Shakti Peethas  where one of Sati's limbs, her right arm is reported to have fallen. It is also believed that the presiding deity of the temple is Mahishasur Mardini, who was the slayer of the demon Mahishasur. 
Saptashrungi Temple is a two storied shrine and the idol is said to be swayambhu (self-manifested) which was carved on a rock on the sheer face of a mountain. She is surrounded by seven (sapta-in Sanskrit) peaks (shrunga-in Sanskrit), hence the name- Saptashrungi Mata (mother of the seven peaks). The image of Devi is huge-about 10 feet tall with 18 hands, holding various weapons. The idol is always coated with Sindoor. The Devi is decorated with high crown, a silver nose-ring and necklaces. 
A path has been cut out from the mountains to form steps that lead to the temple. Now, a motorable road goes up to an altitude of 1150 m. From here one has to climb  470 steps to reach the shrine, which takes about 45 minutes..
Timings: 5 AM to 7 PM. 

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