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India’s 1st & Most Unique Ropeway System-Funicular Ropeway Saptashrungi gad, Near Nashik,Maharashtra

India's 1st & Most Unique Ropeway System-Funicular Ropeway Saptashrungi gad, Near Nashik,Maharashtra

Saptashrungi or Saptashringi is a Hindu pilgrimage site and it is located approximately 60 km in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The Hindus believe that Saptashrungi Nivasini, a goddess, resides within the 7 mountain peaks. Here, we like to mention that Sapta indicates 7 and shrung indicates peaks. Its location is in a small village close to Nashik in India, which is called Nanduri, Kalwan taluka. Several Hindu tribes and the Marathas worship this goddess for quite some time. You will come across as many as 510 steps to climb the gad. Every single day, a large number of devotees visit this location. We likewise call this temple Maharashtra’s one of the “three and half Shakti Peethas”. This particular temple happens to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas present in India and it is a place where one limb (the right arm) of Sati (the wife of Lord Shiva) fell.

Here, we like to mention that the chief minister of the state of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, was responsible for inaugurating the first Funicular trolley project intended for the pilgrims in India. All these pilgrims are known to visit the reputed Saptashrungi Devi hilltop temple, as already mentioned earlier.

Helps the pilgrims to climb to the temple’s top

The Acting Executive Engineer, PWD, named Kishor Kedar asserted that this Funicular Trolley is going to zoom up the Saptashrungi Hills (having an altitude of 167 m) in the scenic North end of the Western Ghats to the top of the temple, thus helping the pilgrims to save the labor of climbing more than 500 steps.

The location of this temple is approximately 65 km from Nashik city. Incidentally, this kind of Funicular Trolley is quite common in some international mountain villages and resorts in Russia, Switzerland, and other places of the world.

Interestingly, this particular trolley comes with an elevation of approximately 330 feet and it will help the pilgrims to get to the top of the hill within only 3 minutes. The tiresome climb of 510 steps might require any person somewhere between one hour and two hours which will depend on the stamina and health of that pilgrim.

The trolley is actually a pair of vehicles

Incidentally, this trolley happens to be a pair of vehicles that are pulled by a cable up the slope, and the cable loops over a pulley wheel at the track’s upper end. While one vehicle is going up the track, the other is descending, and this helps to counterbalance one another.

These vehicles will be able to accommodate as many as 60 individuals each and it is possible for the devotees to get to the temple top within a very short time. The authorities have also built some concrete pillars along with a retaining wall to support this system. The Suyog Gurbaxani Pvt. Ltd., which is based in Nagpur, is responsible for constructing this trolley.

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