Mahalakshmi Temple of Devi / Shakti in the form of Lakshmi A ward, Mahadwar Road, Shivaji Peth, Kolhapur-416001

It is one of the Shakti Peethas. Kirnotsav in Mahalakshmi Temple Kolhapur (festival of Sun rays) is celebrated when the sun rays fall directly on the deity's Mahalakshmi idol at the time of sunset

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
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    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
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    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
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    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
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    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
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    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
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    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction


About Mahalakshmi Temple

According to the legends, Shri Lakshmi and  Shri Vishnu reside in the Karveer area eternally and shall not leave even at the time of Mahaprayakala. Hence this place is called as Avimukta kshetra. It is said,  that mother Jagdambe is holding the karveer in her right hand, hence  the region is protected from any destruction. Lord Vishnu himself likes to stay in this place more than Vaikuntha,  since it is an abode of the Goddess Lakshmi.  According to popular legends, Mahalakshmi left Vaikuntha and arrived at Kolhapur, on hearing that, Lord Venkatesha (Vishnu) her beloved 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 statue of the Goddess Mahalakshmi is made of gemstone and is considered to be at least 5000 to 6000 years old. It weighs about 40 kilos. The precious stones that adorn the deity,  indicate the antiquity of the idol.  The idol of the Goddess Mahalakshmi has four arms. In the lower right hand,  she holds the Matulinga. In the upper right hand,  she holds a large mace, kaumodaks, its head touching the ground.  In the upper left hand,  she holds the shield or khetaka, and while in the lower one she holds a bowl, panpatra.
The crown of Goddess Mahalakshmi has a cobra hood and a Shivalinga, with a yoni around it.  Almost all the idols of the God,  face the north or the east directions, whereas here, the Idol faces the west. A small window is seen on the western wall which is open once a year.  The rays of the Sun,  during sunset fall on the face of the image,  through this window. This period lasts for three days, each time, from the 21st, of the months of March and September. At this time, the temple  is considered special and very holy.
The  idol of the Mahalakshmi is made of the jewel stone .In the middle of the temple, there is natural lotus. In the 8th century,  the temple sank down due to earthquake.  In the  9th century,  Gandavadis (king) extended the temple by building Mahakali Mandir. During 1178 -1209, in the reigon of raja Jaysing & Sindhava, south gate & Atibaleshwar temple were built.  In 1218, Yadav king Tolum built Mahadwar, and offered jewels to Devi.  Shilaharas built Maha Saraswathi Mandir. He being a Jain, got 64 idols carved.  
Kirnotsav in Mahalakshmi temple,  Kolhapur (festival of Sun rays) is celebrated when the sun rays fall directly on the deity's Mahalakshmi idol at the time of sunset on the following days :


1.  31 January & 9 November : Sun rays fall directly on the feet of the deity.
2.  February & 10 November : Sun rays fall directly on the chest of the deity.
3.  February & 11 November : Sun rays fall directly on the entire body of the deity.
 

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