Three and a half Shakti Peethas

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Three and a half Shakti Peethas (prominent seats of the Hindu Goddess) are reported in Maharashtra. [1]

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These four Goddess temples are:

  1. Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur
  2. Tulja Bhavani Temple at Tuljapur
  3. Renuka Temple at Mahur (Matripur)
  4. Saptashrungi Temple of Vani. [2] This is known as a half Shakti Peeth of Goddess Shakti. [3]

Mahalaxmi

The Mahalaxmi Temple of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, India, is one of the Shakti Peethas listed in various puranas of Hinduism. According to these writings, a Shakti Peetha is a place associated with Shakti, the Goddess of power. The Kolhapur Shakti Peetha is of special religious significance being one of the six places where it is believed that one can either obtain salvation from desires or have them fulfilled.

Tulja Bhavani

Tulja Bhavani Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Bhavani. [4] It is located in Tuljapur in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra and is considered as one of the 51 Shakti Pithas. It is situated 45  km from Solapur. The temple was built in c. 12th century CE.

Renuka

Reṇukā/Renu is a Hindu goddess worshipped predominantly in the Indian state of Maharashtra."Renu" means "Atom/Mother of Universe" [5] She is also worshipped in the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Karanataka, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana. [6] Renuka's temple at Mahur in Maharashtra is considered one of the shakti peethas. Renuka is also called as "Renu" which means "Atom/Mother of Universe". It is the avatar of Goddess Parvati. [7]

Saptashrungi

Saptashrungi Saptaśrr̥ṇgī) is a site of Hindu pilgrimage situated 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Nashik in west Indian state of Maharashtra in India. According to Hindu traditions, the goddess Saptashrungi Nivasini dwells within the seven mountain peaks. (Sapta means seven and shrung means peaks.) It is located in Nanduri, Kalwan taluka, a small village near Nashik in India. Devotees visit this place in large numbers every day. [8] The temple is also known popularly as one of the "three and half Shakti Peethas" of Maharashtra. The temple is also one among the 51 Shakti Peethas located on the Indian subcontinent and is a location where one of Sati's (first wife of Lord Shiva) limbs, her right arm is reported to have fallen. Its half shaktipeeth among three and half shaktipeeth of Maharashtra.

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Tulja Bhavani Temple

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