History of Chaturshringi Temple
The constructional period dates back to the era of the great Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shivaji and is dedicated to Devi Ambareshwari. However, the Goddess is known and worshipped by other names such as- Mahakali, Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati and Goddess Chattushringi.
It is often told that a rich and prosperous merchant actually built the temple. He was an ardent believer of Goddess Chattushringi, and visited her temples in other places. But, as old age struck him, he could no longer visit far-off places; therefore he was hindered from praying to the Devi. On one such night, Devi Chattushringi came to his dreams, and left a lasting presence in his mind. Thus, deeply moved by this holy gesture, the merchant built the temple at the place it stands today.
Structure of Chaturshringi Temple
The Chaturshringi temple is 90 feet high and 125 feet wide and it is a symbol of power and faith. One has to climb more than 100 steps to reach the shrine of Goddess Chattushringi. In the temple premises, there are also temples of Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesha. This temple also includes eight miniature idols of Ashtavinayaka. These small temples are located on four separate hillocks.
Visiting Information to Chaturshringi Temple
The best time to visit the temple is between October and November. This temple is well connected to all modes of transportations. Nearest airport to this temple is Lohegaon Air Force Base Airport. Nearest rail stations are Pune Junction Railway Station and Khadki Railway Station.