About Chaturshringi Temple
A place with the mythological value is one of the popular tourist attractions in the city of Pune. It is a Hindu temple located on a busy street of Senapati Bapat Road. The Chaturshringi temple is 90 feet high and 125 feet wide and is on the hill.
It is an ancient temple said to be built during the reign of Shivaji Maharaj. The temple is now looked after by Chaturshringi Devasthan (Temple) trustees.
The present deity of the Temple is Goddess Chaturshringi, also known as Goddess Ambareshwari. Known as the Goddess of Valour and Strength, it is said to Pune’s presiding deity. In the temple premises there are also temples of Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesha that includes eight miniature idols of Ashtavinayaka. The temple is situated at a height and steps are provided to climb for the same. During Navratri, fair is held at the foorhills every year and the place is decorated with hundreds of lit lights. There are shops at the entrance that sell stuff required for Hindu deity worshipping. Thousands of devotees visit this place throughout the year.
Legend of The Temple:
The story behind the origin of the Temple is very interesting. It is said that once a rich and prosperous merchant named Durlabhsheth Pitambardas Mahajan who was an ardent believer of Goddess Saptashrungi Devi visited all her temples everywhere. As he grew older he could no more visit her temple daily due to hi growing health conditions.
One night when Durlabhsheth was asleep, Goddess Saptashrungi Devi appeared in his dream and told him, ‘if you can not come to me, I will come to you & stay near you.’ So to do this She told him to come to a mountain situated in the North-West of Pune & dig there. As described by the goddess the place was traced out and a miracle happened. He found a natural statue of goddess Swayambhu devi as he dug. After finding the statue, he built a temple on the same place which is now known as Chaturshrungi Temple and has been time to time renovated.