Kolhapur Mahalakshmi (Goddess Lakshmi – God of prosperity) is one of the 18 Shakti Peethas.
- 7th century – Chalukya built the temple
- Mounted on a stone platform, the image of the four armed and crowned goddess is made of gemstone and weighs about 40 kilograms.
- The image of Mahalakshmi carved in black stone is 3 feet in height.
- The Shri Yantra is carved on one of the walls in the temple.
- A stone lion, the vahana of the goddess, stands behind the statue.
- The crown contains an image of the Sheshnag — the serpent of Vishnu.
- Deity faces west (Pashchim). There is a small open window on the western wall, through which the light of the setting sun falls on the face of the image for three days around the 21st of each March and September.
- Lakshmi and Laxmi are synonymously used
Five worship services are offered each day. The first one is at 5 am, and it involves the waking of the deity with a Kakada – torch, to the accompaniment of hymns. The second worship service at 8 am involves the offering of the Shodashopachara pooja consisting of 16 elements. The afternoon and evening services and the Shejaarati pooja constitute the three other services.
Special Events: A festival image of the deity is taken out in procession around the temple courtyard each Friday, and on full moon days.
Devasthan Committee, Kolhapur
2402-A ward,Balbhim bank Building,
Ubha Maruti Chaouk, Shivaji Peth
Kolhapur – 416012
Shree MahaLakhmi Temple Office : 0231-2541779
Shri Dhanaji Jadhav : Telephone: 9723791011
Mobile Phone Number: 9723791011
It is said that Man created God in his own image. How true! Man has attributed all the features of a human body to the Gods and Goddesses. He has also gone further to attribute several other characteristics to the divinities that are not found in human beings. It is fascinating to learn how Man created idols and statues of Gods and Goddesses. It is a process that started from a belief in Shakti (infinite energy) and culminated in the idol worship that conferred various forms to that infinite energy.
- Shakti was witnessed in the form of five basic elements of Prithvi (earth), Aap (water), Tej (light), Vayu (wind), Akash (space).
- When Man pondered over his birth and the person responsible for it, he realized that mother is at the root of the genesis, and it is she who embodies the Shakti .
- Legend says that Gods and demons churned the ocean many born and Lakshmi was one among them. As soon as she emerged she became the consort of Lord Vishnu who is one of the three Gods that form the Holy Trinity (Bramha, Vishnu, Mahesh).
- This Goddess with unparallel beauty was a female representation of Universal wealth. Eight forms of Goddesses dwell within her, Dhanalakshmi (provides wealth), Dhaanyalakshim (provides crops), Dhairyalakshmji (provides courage), Shauryalakshmi (provides valour), Kirtilakshmi (provides fame), Vinayalakshmi (instills modesty), Raajyalakshmi (provides kingdom) and Santaanlakshmi (provides children). She signifies property, happiness, radiance and fame.
Darshan And Kurma Mandap
|The first mandap or hall called rangamandap that starts from the place where first archway is built is octagonal in shape. This part of the temple is divided into two. The part immediately after the first archway was traditionally called Darshan Mandap as from there the idol of the Goddess can be viewed at the closest (Darshan = view, mandap=hall). The ceiling of this hall is made up of octagonal layers.
Then comes another hall called Kurma mandap. It is called so as it has a Kurma (tortoise) installed in the centre. This Mandap is now called Shankha Tirtha Mandap because the holy water called Tirtha is sprinkled on the devotees from the Shankha (conch) in this hall. The ceiling of this hall is intricately carved. Both the halls have several pillars with sculpted patterns. For this, black Kaddapah stone, Basalt, Karnataka stones were used.
Outer Side Of The Main Temple
Sheshashahi Temple (Vishnu Temple)
|On the side of the eastern entrance lies an intricately carved Sheshashahi temple, octagonal in shape. Inside the dome of this temple are two tiers of exquisite art. The topmost tier has 6 Petals of a flower and the lower tier has 16 petals of flowers sculpted on it. At the edge of the dome touching the main walls of the temple are 60 statues of Jain Tirthankaras. It is believed that this temples is of a Jain Tirthankara called Neminath. However the sanctum has an idol of Lord Vishnu reclining on the mystic serpent Shesha.|
The idol of Goddess MahaLakhmi is bedecked with jewellery when Alankar Puja is performed.
The Temple is managed/administered by Devasthan Management Committee, Western Maharashtra, Kolhapur appointed by law and judicial department Bombay, Govt. of Maharashtra.
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Navratra Mahotsav (nine nights) festival is celebrated for ten days during the Hindu months of Ashwin (around October).
Lalita Panchami (Fifth day of the Navratra Festival)
Ashtami (Eighth day of the Navratra Festival)
Navami (Ninth day of the Navratra Festival)
Kirnotsav (festival of Sun rays) is celebrated when the sun rays fall directly on the deity’s idol at the time of sunset on the following days :
- 31st January & 9th November : Sun rays fall directly on the feet of the deity.
- 1st February & 10th November : Sun rays fall directly on the chest of the deity.
- 2nd February & 11th November : Sun rays fall directly on the entire body of the deity.
Rathotsav (chariot festival) is organized in April. The chariot bearing the silver representation of the Goddess is decorated with flowers and lights. It is taken out in a procession in the evening from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
The famous temple of Goddess ‘MahaLakhsmi’ / ‘Ambabai’ blesses the city and guards all evil. Also Old Palace , New Palace , Rankala Lake, Shalani Palace, Town Hall, Panchaganga Ghat, Shivaji Pool etc. are the places a tourist cannot afford to miss. .Kolhapur city is famous for Kolhapuri Chappal , Kolhapuri Lavangi Mirchi, Kolhapuri Gur(Gul), Kolhapuri Tambada & Pandara Rassa (Red & White curry), Kolhapuri Suke Mutton (Dry Meat), Kolhapuri Misal, Kolhapuri Saaj, Kolhapuri Pheta, Kohapuri Dudh Katta, Kusti (wristeling).
Nearby interesting places
- Shahu Maharaj
- New Palace or Shree Chhatrapati Shahu Museum
- Juna Rajawada
- Town Hall museum
- Shalini Palace
- Bindu chowk
- Panchganga Ghat
- Kolhapur as a Military Centre
- Shivaji university
- Kolhapuri Kusti (Wrestling)
- Kolhapuri Chappal
- Kolhapuri Pheta and Kolhapuri Saaj
- Kolhapuri Misal
- Kolhapuri Non Veg. Tambada / Pandra Rassa
- Kolhapuri Gud (Gul) Jaggary
Places To See Near Kolhapur
- Jyotiba – 17 km from Kolhapur
- Panhala Fort – 20km
- Narsinhwadi (Narsobachi Wadi) – is avtar of Lord Dattatreya – 55km
- Bahubali of Kumbhojgiri – 27 km
- Vishalgad Fort – 76km
- Amboli mountain resort – 142 km
- Gokak Falls, Niagara falls of India – 132km
- Radhanagari Dam across Bhogawati River – 55km
- Barkhi waterfall – 45km
- Khidrapur – 65km
- Samangad fort
- Gaganbawada hill station – 55km
- Shri Chaitanyagiri Gagangiri Maharaj Math – 55km
- Bhudargad Fort – 50km
- Ganpatipule – Ganapati temple – 144km
- Mahabaleshwar – 169km
- Popular holiday resort and honeymoon spot,
- Mahabaleshwar Temple.
- Many tourists visit nearby Panchgani.
- Dajipur – 80 km
- Amba – holiday spot – 65km
Visit Mahalakshmi and seek blessings