Renuka devi mandir, Mahurgad, Maharashtra 431721
Dedicated to
Aadi Shakti

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Architecture Style

Creator

Yadava king of Devgiri

Completed on

800-900 years ago.

About Mahur Ekavira, Maharashtra

Shaktipeetha, literally meaning – the seat of power, in the Indian subcontinent, stand testament to the essence of this civilization, the civilization which put mother over God, this civilization where the mortal remains of a woman have been enshrined for ages, to remind every woman that within her lies a goddess too. The Shaktipithas takes us to a time that is beyond our comprehension; on the walls of each Shaktipeetha temple stories from every age are etched, and on its sacred earth Sadhakas fulfill their Sadhana till date. Shaktipithas unify our country and diversify our culture. They have contributed immensely to the society that has bloomed around them and the propagation and perpetuation of different branches of philosophy within Hinduism. Shaktism has subsequently, through these Shaktipithas, contributed immensely to the emancipation and upliftment of women.

Legend:
According to Hindu Purānas, the 51 Shaktipīthas were consecrated around the mortal remains of Sati, Shiva’s wife. According to oral traditions and written lore, Sati was the daughter of Daksha Prajāpati, who considered Shiva his rival. Sati being an incarnation of Ādi Shakti, despite Her father’s disagreement, married Shiva. To spite Shiva, Daksha organized a grand yajña, and invited all devatas, Brahma, Vishnu, and other celestial beings, deliberately leaving out the invitations to his daughter and Shiva. Sati, being wilful and affectionate of Her father, insisted on attending the yajna, despite Shiva’s urging to not go. The result, as anticipated, was disastrous: Daksha Prajāpati, drunk on his arrogance, humiliated Sati in front of all present, by viciously insulting Shiva and disowning Sati. Sati’s indignant and enraged response to this grave offense was the sacrifice of her own mortal coil by self-immolating through her yogic powers; what followed was the unleashing of Mahadeva’s rage: a dance of terror which spared none in its path. Shiva danced the terrible Tandav, holding Sati’s charred body in his arms, which caused great cosmic chaos and forced Vishnu to intervene by blowing a discus into her body and severing it into 51 pieces. Wherever a part of her body fell, the land became blessed and sacred. And Shiva retreated into the icy caves of his abode, awaiting the return of his beloved.

History:
One day, King Sahasra-Arjuna visited the ashram of Rashi Jamadagni and Devī Renukā (parents of Parashurāma). He was astonished to see Kamadhenu – the all wish-fulfilling cow, in the ashram. He wanted the divine cow for himself and tried to take it away by force. He killed Jamadagni and his wife Renuka. Later Parashurama took revenge by killing Sahasra-Arjuna and many evil kings. Though he was extremely saddened by the death of his mother. A divine voice spoke in the situation that your mother will come out of the earth, alive again, but you must not look at her till she’s totally out of the earth. When Renuka started appearing out of the earth, Parashurama turned back and looked at her – only the portion above her shoulders had come out. Instantly, Renuka’s body turned into a Divine murti and She was known as a supreme manifestation of Adishakti. At the very same spot, the first temple was built by a king from Devgiri (now Aurangabad). It was destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout history.

Architecture of Mahur Ekavira, Maharashtra

The temple is built in Deccan-Maharashtrian style. It is situated on a hill. The overall temple structure is like a fortress.

How to reach Mahur Ekavira, Maharashtra?

By Train: Nearest railway station – Kinwat
By Air: Nearest airport – Nanded
By Bus: Buses available from Nanded.

Mahur Ekavira, Maharashtra Timings

6 am to 9 pm

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