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Chaturshrungi

 

 

 

 

 

Chaturshrungi goddess is the reigning deity of the city of Pune. She is also known as Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, MahasaraswatiChaturshrungi Goddess and Ambareshwari. Her temple is situated on the slopes of a mountain in the northwest part of the city of Pune. The temple is in the midst of nature's scenic beauty. This ninety feet high and one twenty five feet wide temple is looked after by Chatushringi Devasthan turstees, with full dedication.

There is a very interesting story behind this temple. In Pune a banker i.e. money-lender and mintowner of Peshwas, named Durlabhadas, was a great devotee of Saptashringi Devi. Every year on full-moon day of Chaitra, he travelled from Pune to Vani, near Nashik for the Devi's darshan. As he became old and physically weak he could no more continue his visits. With a great sorrow he prayed to the goddess.

He had a sakshatkar (meeting with the goddess). The goddess told him that for him, she would come and stay on a mountain in the northwest direction of Pune. The place as described by her was traced out and lo! Swayambhu devi was already there! This is her temple. durlabhseth minted a Chatushringi rupee, to celebrate the occasion.

Day after day this temple became an important place and had her devotees coming from all over India. After durlabhdas, late Dastageer Gosavi and his disciples looked after the temple. Later, it went to the Angal family and for the fifth generation now it is with them.

Devotees are the real patrons of this devasthan. The steps to the temple, the dharmashalas, the well, the roads and the devi's ornaments, etc have come from the bhaktas (devotees) only.

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