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Saptashrungi is a hill range situated 60 km from Nashik and forms a part of the Sahyadri range. It is a blend of the Sanskrit words 'sapta' which means seven and 'shrung' which means peak. These majestic hills have amongst them 108 bodies of water which are called kundas, which greatly add to the beauty of the hills. Not only are the hills incredible to look at, but the forests on the hills are loaded with medicinal herbs. In fact, as per the Hindu tradition, when Laxman was lying unconscious and could only be awakened by the 'sanjeevani' herb, Lord Hanuman flew to these hills in search of the herb.
The Saptashrungi temple is also situated in the hill range. This temple is held in high accords by the Hindu traditions. The traditions indicate that the great goddess Saptashrungi Nivasini dwells right between the seven hills. In fact, Lord Ram along with Seeta and Laxman had come to these hills themselves to seek the great goddess' blessings.
In the two levelled shrine, the devi is surrounded by the seven peaks and is said to be 'swayambhu', that is, self-manifested on the top of the shrine. The image is covered in sindoor and hence is a burning orange in colour. The mighty goddess is eighteen armed and holds in each hand, weapons of insurmountable strength. These weapons were gifted to her to combat and bring down the evil demon Mahishasura.
As the imposing image of devi stands 8 feet tall in all its glory, it also instills in her devotee, a sense of peace and tranquility. The mother god nurtures her devotees and makes them feel safe and sound in her home. Entering shrine makes one feel like the holy goddess is looking at them and enlightening them of all sorrows, grievances, stresses and discomfort.
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