Saptashrungi Temple is a two storied shrine with the Devi enshrined in the top floor. The goddess 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).
- Distance (From Nashik CBS Bus Station): 65 Kms\
- Visited From: Nashik CBS Bus Station
- Trip Duration (Including Travel): 4-6 Hours
- Place Location: Near Nanduri Village
- Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
- Timings: 5 AM to 7 PM.
At a distance of 26 km from Vani and 65 km from Nashik, Saptashrungi Devi Mandir is a Hindu temple situated near Nanduri village. The temple lies atop the cliff with an altitude of 1,230 m.
Daily Poojas & Timings:
The temple Opening & Closing time is 6:00AM – 6:00PM.
The most important festival of the Saptashrungi temple is Chaitrotsav, “the Chaitra festival”. The festival starts on Rama Navami (the ninth lunar day in the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Chaitra) and culminates on Chaitra Poornima (full moon day), the biggest day of the festival. The festival is also attended specifically by childless women making vows seeking blessings of goddess for children. About 250,000 attend the festival on the final day and as many as 1 million gather on the last three days of the nine-day festival. The devotees come from states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Saptashrungi Temple Food Timings:
During special festivals like Navratri and poornima, food is offered to all devotees for free. Low cost but clean food is also available in the Priest’s houses. During other days people have to pay a donation of Rs. 15 to get the Prasadam. The timings for food is from 11 AM to 2 PM and 7 PM to 9 PM.
The festival is also attended specifically by childless women making vows seeking blessings of goddess for children. About 250,000 attend the festival on the final day and as many as 1 million gather on the last three days of the nine-day festival. Dussehra and Navratri are also celebrated with great pomp and fervor at this temple.
A path has been cut out from the mountains to form steps that lead to the temple. Now, a motorable road has been built, which goes up to an altitude of 1150 m. From that place one has to climb only 470 steps to reach the shrine, which only takes about 45 minutes. There is also a trolley system for those who are not able to climb the steps.