Ashtabhuja-Temple

Ashtabhuja-Temple

Ashtabhuja-Temple

Location Situated on a hillock, at a distance of about 3 km (on foot) south of Vindhyachal city, 4.5 km by road from Vindhyachal, 13 km southwest of Mirzapur city in Mirzapur district of UP
Ideal time During both Navratri (Chaitra & Ashwin), Shravan, Tuesday, Guru Purnima of Asharh Month
Timings 6am-9pm, opens on all days, Aarties- Mangala Aarti- 5am-6pm, Brahma Aarti- 12noon-1pm, Shayan Aarti- 9pm-10pm. Temple is closed during Aarties
Attractions Religious
How to reachCan be accessed from Vindhyachal by trek route & also by motorable road

Ashtabhuja Temple, located on the northern most part of the hillock, is the third tangent of Vindhyachal Trikon Parikrama (circumambulation of the divine triangle). The place derived its name from the deity Ashtabhuja, (Goddess Mahasaraswati), one of the titles of Parvati. The entrance of the temple is low but the exit is high. The cave in which idol is installed is about 12 feet wide. Statue of Goddess has large eyes & white of eyes (sclera) is made up of silver.
The pilgrimage to this temple is undertaken after worshipping Vindhyavasini Temple at Vindhyachal. The pilgrims then proceed to the Allahabad road to the foot of the hills. There is a flight of steps leading to the temple (222 steps to the temple). Another motorable road passes through Kajali pond and goes to the temple.
It is believed that King Kans was afraid of Devaki's 8th son. The girl child was born instead place of son. When Kans wanted to kill her she slipped out of his hand and flew in to the sky. That girl became famous as Ashtabhuja Devi. The panoramic view of River Ganges & landscape around may be viewed from the top of the Ashtabhuja Devi temple.