Chaturshringi Temple, Pune, Maharashtra

The Chaturshringi Temple is a famous Hindu temple located on a steep slope of Senapati Bapat Road in the heart of Pune city, Maharashtra, India. The ancient temple was built during the period of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji and dedicated to goddess Chaturshringi. The name ‘Chatuh’ derived from Sanskrit name Jyotis Sahayta Kendra means a mountain with four peaks and believed by devotees Deity inside the shrine is the guardian of the mountain. Spreading over an area of 120 feet^2, the temple rises a height of 90 feet from ground and revered as a symbol of power and faith. Every year during the eve of Navratri enormous devotees and tourists flock down the premises and offer prayer to the Goddess Chaturshringi. Currently the temple is maintained by a local trust committee called Chaturshringi Devasthan trustees.

The sacred temple is worshipped as a symbol of power, devotion and believed to be associated with one legendary myth. Once there lived a rich and famous merchant named Durlabhsheth Pitambards. He was a great devotee of Goddess Chaturshringi and visited almost all temples of the Goddess. But by and by he grew older and it’s quite impossible for him to carry on the venture. The merchant then prayed to the Deity and sought for the solution. One night the Goddess is said to have appeared before the merchant and told him that if he couldn’t come, she would come to him. As per her instruction, the merchant went to a mountain north-west of Pune and to his utter surprise he found a rock idol of Goddess Swayambhu devi. He then decided to erect a temple and dedicated it to Chaturshringi devi. Later the temple underwent several renovations. Today one needs to climb up as much as 100 steps to reach the shrine of Goddess Chaturshringi.  ‘Dolis’ can also be hired for aged people.

The presiding deity inside the shrine is goddess Chaturshringi .The sacred idol also known as Ambareshwari, Mahakali and Mahalakshmi, is a spiritual satisfaction for worshippers visiting the temple and believed to be the protector of the mountain. During the eve of Navratri, a nine day Hindu festival enormous people congregate the place to celebrate it and a big fair also held at the foothills. In addition the holy shrine and the idol there are a few places near the location worth to visit. Sahyadri Hills, Kamshet, Rajgad Fort and Gnadhi National memo etc are often visited by travelers. At the foothills one can find available stalls selling a variety of handcraft items, Puja accessories, footwear and gift articles etc. Vendors and food outlets near the temple are providing Chaats, Panipuri and local cuisines for the tourists visiting the location.

The location is well connected and can be accessed by Roads, Railways and Air.  Pune airport is the nearest airport, just 10km from the location and from there one can pick available public transports including Buses, Taxis etc.  As the temple is located in the heart of Pune city, there are number of rail junctions and rail routes that lead to the place.