Chaturshringi literally means the four peaks. A temple was errected on a hill slope in Pune (the area presently is adjoining the Senapati Bapat Road) by a rich devotee of Godess Ambareshwari, which is another name for Godess Parvati (mother of Lord Ganesh).
The construction of the temple took place sometime in the 17th century, which makes the temple Shivkaalin viz. from the times of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The temple premises also holds a temple of Lord Ganesh, which one has to pass through before making it up the Ambareshwaridevi temple. The temple also holds several minor temples like ones dedicated to Lord Shiva (father of Lord Ganesha), Lord Vishnu, Godess Laxmi, Godess Durga (an incarnation of Godess Parvati), besides the miniature Ashtavinayaka (Eight forms of Lord Ganesh) idols.
PIC: FIRST ARCHWAY
The Chaturshringi temple is said to be around 90 feet high and 125 feet wide. The access to the temple is through an huge arched umbrella. There is a parking space in the temple premises.
PIC: SECOND ACCESS ARCHWAY
We then proceed to another huge arched umbrella doorway from where starts a inclined climb up the hill slope.
There are in all about hundred stairs one has to climb before reaching the top.
PIC: GANESH TEMPLE
Midway one encounters the Ganesha temple.
After paying our obeissance to the lord of learning, one climbs further to the temple of Godess Ambareshwari.
PIC: AMBARESHWARI DEVI TEMPLE
The Ambareshwari temple also houses minor temples of Godess Laxmi, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu besides several other deities.
During the Navratri festival, the entire temple is lit up for nine long days and offers a wonderfull sight. there is also a fair held during those days which is enjoyed by young and old alike,To the credit of the Chatushringi temple, the temple premises are quite clean and well maintained.
The Chaturshringi temples is one of the major landmarks of Pune city . A visit to this temple should be an essential part of every Pune tourist's itenary.
Text and Pictures : Abhijit Rajadhyaksha