Pune or "the land of the Marathas" is the most visited tourist destinations in India. The place with its rich heritage is home to some of the most divine shrines that certainly are a must visit.
Chatushrungi Mata temple is one such shrine in Pune that attracts a lot of devotees. Located on the Shivaji Road, at a distance of 17 km from the main Pune city, the temple is a perfect pilgrimage spot.
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Legend Of The Temple
According to the legend, a rich merchant named Durlabhdas, an ardent devotee of Chatushrungi Mata, visited the shrine in a place called Vani, which is at a distance of 259 km from Pune, to seek the blessings of the goddess. As he grew older, his health deteriorated and he started facing health issues due to which travelling to Vani became quite impossible for him.
Durlabhdas prayed to the goddess for a solution. The goddess appeared in his dreams and asked him to unearth her idol on the hill-top to the north-west of Pune and offer his prayers there; where now stands this holy Chatushrungi Mata temple.
Why Do We Call It Chatushrungi?
"Chatuh" in Sanskrit means four and "Shrung" means peaks of a mountain. Since the temple is located on a mountain which has four peaks, the temple is called the Chatushrungi Mata temple, with the goddess being named the same.
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Architecture Of The Chatushrungi Mata Temple
This temple is said to have been built during the period of Chhatrapati Shivaji. The temple is located at a height of 90 ft, and there are more than 100 steps that lead to the shrine of the main temple.
There are small temples present there that are dedicated to Lord Ganesha, which also includes the miniatures of Ashta Vinayaka along with goddess Durga. The temple is peaceful and there are stone benches installed in the premises for the devotees to rest.
Right at the entrance, you would find a flock of pigeons pecking at the grains offered by the devotees during their visit to the temple. The temple building is painted in white and red with a saffron flag hoisted on the tower of the temple.
The temple premises has ample parking facility and there is also a footwear stand. Puja items are available at the temple complex.
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How To Reach The Chatushrungi Mata Temple
You can hire a private cab or an autorickshaw at your convenience from Pune.
If you are planning for a visit to this temple, you should definitely visit the other attractions as well like the Karla Caves, Lonavala and Baja Caves, which are located at a distance of 55 km from the temple.