Yamai

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Shree Yamai
Bronze statue of Shivaji Maharaj in the collection of the Shree Bhavani Museum of Aundh, Maharashtra.

Yamai devi (Pronounced: Yamaai) or Shree Yamai devi temple is situated in a hill complex in the town of Aundh, Satara district, Maharashtra. It is said that Goddess Mahalaxmi of Kolhapur and Lord Jyotiba called her as "Ye Mai" (in Marathi) which means "Come mother" in English. Hence, she is known as Yamai Devi. There are steps which take you to the top of hill. A rather perilous road can also be used to reach the top by car. The idol of Devi Mahishasur Mardini Yamai in black stone is almost 2 meters high. The temple is the family shrine (kula-daiwat) for a large number of Marathi families.The town is known for its hill temple, called the Devi Yamai temple. The temple is very old but very attractive, and Devi Yamai is the kuldaiwat of a large number of Marathi families. The top of the temple is very beautiful and has images and idols of various Hindu Gods. The present head of the former ruling family, Gayatreedevi Pantpratinidhi , has installed a 7 Kg. solid gold 'Kalash' or crown on the pinnacle of the Yamai temple on the hill at Aundh. .Another temple of Devi Yamai is located in the town; apart from the one on the hill.

The temple complex also houses the Shri Bhavani Museum established from the private collection of the Maharajas of Aundh The museum holds paintings by noted 19th and 20th century artists such as M. V. Dhurandhar, Baburao Painter, Madhav Satwalekar and Raja Ravi Varma as well as the famous "Mother and Child" stone structure by  British artist, Henry Moore.[1]

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