MAHALAXMI TEMPLE (KOLHAPUR)
Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the most famous temples of Kolhapur in Maharashtra and is one of the 108 Shaktipeethas of Maa Shakti. It is believed that Lord Vishnu is very fond of this region as this the place of his wife Lakshmi. People believe both Vishnu and Lakshmi stay and bless this region.
Inside Glimpse of the Temple:
This temple features a beautiful murti of Mahalakshmi mounted on a stone platform. The idol is made of gemstone and weighs around 40kg. A stone lion (vahana of Maa) stands behind the idol. The crown contains an image of the Sheshnag, the serpent of Vishnu.
Apart from this, the temple holds the number of other shrines in the courtyard to the Navagrahas, Surya, Mahishasuramardini, Vitthal-Rakhmai, Shiva, Vishnu, Tulja Bhavani and others. “Manikarnika Kund” is also present in the courtyard of the temple on whose bank is a shrine to Visweshwar Mahadev.
Legend & Significance:
According to popular legends, Mahalakshmi left Vaikuntha and arrived at Kolhapur on hearing that Lord Venkatesh (Vishnu) her husband failed to take action against sage Bhrigu for his horrific behaviour towards him. An angry Mahalakshmi is said to have observed strict penance in Kolhapur for several years until upon hearing the news of her husband being married to Tirumala Padmavati (another avatar of Mahalaskhmi). The greatness of this region has therefore attracted many sages and devotees, the blessings and affections showered by this region on its devotees are immeasurable.
Know the Timings of the Temple:
Opening of the Temple: 4:30 a.m
Kakad Aarti (The Morning Aarti): 4:30 to 6:00 a.m
Morning Mahapuja: 8:00 a.m
Nevaidya (Offering of Holy Food): 9:30 a.m
Madhyan Aarti (The Afternoon Aarti): 11:30 a.m
Alankar Pooja: 1:30 p.m
Dhup Aarti (The Evening Aarti): 8:00 p.m
Shej Aarti (The Night Aarti): 10:00 p.m
Top Attractions of Mahalakshmi Temple:
- Jyotiba Temple, Kolhapur: Situated near Wadi Ratnagiri, in the district of Kolhapur, Maharashtra, this temple is dedicated to Lord Jyotiba who is believed to be the embodiment of four deities namely Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Mahesha and Guru Jamadagni. The scenic beauty around the temple gives a sense of peace and comfort to the tourists.
- Shri Chatrapati Shahu Museum: The New Palace located on the Bahvani Mandap-Kasaba Bavda Road was constructed in 1877-84 and has been the residence of Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj. The ground floor of the palace is converted into a museum that houses artifacts belonging to the ancient times. The beautiful palace is built in black polished stone and is a marvellous architectural feat where one can witness the royal lifestyle and artifacts.
- Teen Darwaza: The main attraction at the fort, a must see and usually is not missed.
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