Shree Saptashrungi Devi Temple
Shree Saptashrungi Devi Temple is situated near Nanduri village in Maharashtra, at a distance of 26 km from Vani and 65 km from Nashik in Kalwan Tahsil. The Shree Saptashrungi Devi Temple is at about 4660 feet above sea level, on a hill encircled by seven peaks.
There are three and a half places of Divine Power or Shakti Peeths in Maharashtra namely – the Mahalakshmi Temple at Kolhapur, Tulja Bhavani Temple at Tuljapur, Renuka Temple at Mahur (Matripur), and the Sapatashrungi Devi Temple of Vani. While the first three believed to be an abundant source of complete power, the Saptshrungi Temple considered as ardha or half Shaktipeeth. Saptshrungi means 7 Mountains. The figure of the Goddess about eight feet high, carved visible of the natural rock. She has eighteen hands, nine on each side, each hand holding different weapons. Saptashringa is a place where Goddess Bhagawati stays.
Shree Saptashrungi Devi Temple consists of two floors and the idol said to be swayambhu (self-manifested). She surrounded by seven peaks of mountain hence the name- Saptashrungi Mata (mother of the seven peaks).
Sindoor, an auspicious thing, covers the whole body of the idol. Her eyes white shining brightly. A Trishula decorated with bells and lamps fixed in the courtyard in front of the Shree Saptashrungi Devi temple. The Devi decorated with a high crown, a silver nose-ring, and necklaces.
A long time ago in Satya Yuga, Sati, wife of Lord Shiva, daughter of Daksha, attended a yagna (Joggya) performed by his father. Sati alias Parvati was not an invitee to that function, still, she attended. Her father, Daksha, never happy with her husband Lord Shiva because of his vagabond nature, but Parvati happy with his husband because she loved him. Daksha ignored totally Parvati’s presence in the function deliberately and used unpleasant words about Lord Shiva. All other Gods and distinguished dignitaries present there, the incident in front of all deeply hurt and humiliated Parbati and she jumped into the fire of Yagna and sacrifice her life in protest of her husband Shiva’s insult by her father.