The charity commissioner’s office, Pune, has turned down a proposal to create a ropeway at the Chaturshringi temple on Senapati Bapat Road, citing the inadequate height of the hills around it.
The proposal was submitted in 2013 by the board of trustees for the Chaturshringi Mandir Trust. The facility was intended to be created as per demands from devotees who cannot climb the hill, especially those who are elderly or physically abled. The trust now plans to create an escalator instead.
Chaturshringi is a mountain with four peaks and the temple is 90 feet high and 125 feet wide. Devotees have to climb more than 100 steps to reach the shrine.
Suhas Angal, one of the trustees, said, “Due to the height of the hills, the request to start a ropeway service was denied by the charity commissioner’s office earlier this month. However, we also have a plan to build an escalator till the Sabha mandap of the temple in front of the garbhagraha (sanctum sanctorum). The facility can be used by senior citizens and those who cannot climb the steps.”
Meanwhile, the trust is also planning to create an additional entrance from the premises of a nearby housing society. At present, there is only a single entrance and it becomes difficult to handle the huge crowds of devotees during the Navratri festival.
The ancient temple is said to have been built during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji and houses the shrine of the goddess Chaturshringi, also known as Ambareshwari. Inside the temple, there are also idols of goddess Durga and lord Ganesh, along with eight miniature idols of Ashtavinayaka. These smaller temples are located on the four separate hillocks.