Shri Durga Devi temple, Guhagar is very old temple in Guhagar, a taluka in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India.
Many Chitpavan families in the Konkan region see it as the Kuladevata or clan goddess.
It is located in Guhagar Gaon’s Warla Pat (Upper Side).
The temple is old and rich of flora. It is considered the oldest temple and has recently been refurbished.
During the Navratri festival, the Temple is packed with devotees from all over India who come to make their offerings to Shree Durga Devi.
This is a lovely seaside temple to visit both in the summer and winter.
All required amenities are conveniently located nearby. Pujas can be arranged upon request.
Durga Devi temple Guhagar story
According to Hindu legend, the goddess subdued the evil spirits in one night and saved Guhagar from destruction.
A pearl from one of her ornaments was broken during her battle with the enemy.
The Goddess directed one of her worshippers to retrieve the shattered pearl from a tree near the seaside.
Even today, the mentioned pearl is in the goddess’s ornamental collection, and it is occasionally displayed in the great hall.
Another myth goes that once upon a time, a person came to the temple with a rash on his body as a result of an allergy.
He was experiencing excruciating aches.
He sat in the temple grounds for three days without food or water, only repeating the goddess’s name.
On the third day, the goddess appeared in the shape of an elderly lady.
She gave him some oil to apply to the rash, and after three days, the rash and discomfort had subsided.
The goddess also destroyed a demon named ‘Mahishasoor,’ hence the name ‘Mahishasoor Mardini.
The original temple is thought to have been along the main road before being relocated to its current site in the Middle Ages.
At the time, a pillar was erected to commemorate the original location of the old temple. The pillar is known as Devicha Khamb in the local Marathi language.
The aforementioned pillar can be seen in the accompanying shot.