An ascend of around 250 stone cut steps on the Sahyadri ranges, with the breath taking view of Mahur sprawling beneath, surrounded by caves is the temple of Renuka Devi. The temple is a Shaktipeeth and is considered the birthplace of Renuka, mother of the great Parashurama. It is believed that a Yadava King of Devgiri had constructed it about 800-900 years ago
In the scuffle that ensued between King Sahastrarjuna and Sage Jamadagni over latter's cow Kamadhenu, the sage died and his wife Renuka suffered wounds. Parashurama, their son cremated his father and Renuka committed Sati. A voice from the heavens told the grief stricken Parashurama that his mother would come out of earth but he should not look behind. Not able to contain his eagerness, Parashuram turned and Renuka stopped with just her head out.
Renuka devi Temple is located on a hill top with caves around it. Nearly 200-250 steps must be climbed to reach the temple. There are shrines of Lord Parashuram and Lord Dattatreya in the vicinity. Renukadevi is adorned with various gold ornaments such as the golden flower earrings, gold garlands, nose-ring etc.Pic courtesy: www.tourmet.com
Mahur is a very religious place with many temples in its surroundings. The place is enveloped by jungles rich with teakwood trees and wild life. Mahur was an important fort of the Berar history
Language Spoken:Marathi, Hindi
Shri Renuka devi Temple can be approached-
By road- Maharashtra state transport co-operation have regular buses from Nanded to Mahur. Nanded is connected to Mumbai and Nagpur by state and private buses.
By rail - Kinwat railway station and Nanded railway station have stops for trains from Mumbai.
By air- Nagpur and Mumbai airports have good connectivity with other cities of India. From there travel by road/rail
The priests perform various poojas to the idol. Devotees are allowed to do aarti by themselves at Renuka devi Temple.
Tambul, flowers, coconut are the common offerings made at Renuka devi Temple.