Mahalaxmi Temple(Kolhapur)

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         Mahalaxmi is famous deity of Kolhapur of Maharashtra State, India. Mahalaxmi temple in Kolhapur where the Idol of Mahalaxmi is well known as Amba Bai. And this pilgrimage is located at the bank of Panchganga River which is well known as “Dakshin kashi”. Mahalaxmi significance in Dakshin kashi is more than Uttar kashi. It is goddess of wealth and prosperity. The deity of Karvir (Kolhapur) is famous in all India. It is one of ‘Shaktipeet’ of Maharashtra. It is kulswamini of many Indian homes. Ambabai is wife of God Balaji( Venkateshshwar of Tirupati , Andrapradesh ). Devotees visit Kolhapur to pray Goddess Ambabai (Mahalaxmi) for a peaceful & healthy life. It is considered that the darshan of Shri. Balaji of Tirumala is incomplete without visiting goddess Mahalaxmi of Kolhapur.

         This is the southernmost part of Maharashtra. According to Indian mythology one of the famous Shaktipeets is Mahalaxmi, the convert of Lord Vishnu among all the four Shaktipeets which all are located in Maharashtra.Historically this ancient Mahalaxmi shrine was constructed by King Karandev the Chalukya ruler in 7th century AD. In 9th century it is extended by Shilahara Yadavas. There is another tale says that Mahalaxmi had defeated devil 'Kolhasur'. This temple is build by Kolhasur to show is devotion towards Devi. Mahalaxmi Ambabai given him blessing that the name of town would be remembered after his name. So the name of city is 'Kolhapur' which is derived from 'Kolhasur'.

         This temple is in the heart of the city near old palace. This grand and beautiful temple of 'Hemadpanti' stands exemplry for demostration of ancient architechtural skills. Temple has great Architecture of basalt rock. It has many columns beautified by sculptures. At front side a mandap is build it is called as Garud Mandap. In Navaratri, grand festival is celebrated here. All other times, it is used for praying and presentations. The path to offer revolutions around the temple is inside the temple and is very peculiar. On both sides of mandap, there are idols of Bharat and Shatrughna carved out. There are four gates (Dwar) to enter temple premises, namely 'Maha Dwar or Paschim Dwar' (at West), Uttar , Purv and Dakshine. There is manimanda few feet ahead. The statues of the door-keepers viz. Jay and Vijay and the artistic sculpture are very attractive. The main location is the place where idol of Mahalaxmi is placed.

         The Temple is surrounded by may small temples of Gods like Shree Atibaleshwar (Shiva), Shree Vishnu, Shree Ganesh, Shree Dattatraya, Shree Vittal. The temple premises has some holy trees like 'Pimpal' and Banyan. Near by there are other temples like The Navagraha Mandir and Jotiba Mandir, Kartikeya Mandir. The Statue of 'Sant Gadage Maharaj' is near by Mahalaxmi Mandir. At entry point of Mandir there is idol of God Ganesha which has glassy look. Before 'Pitali Ubharta' (Doorstep) there is Mahalaxmi Yantra. Inside temple one can make 'Pradakshina' of goddess.

Daily Schedule in Mahalaxmi Temple Kolhapur

Schedule Time Rituals
Starting up the daily routine 4.30 am Ringing of bell at Ghati Darwaza; the doors of sanctuary of the goddess Ambabai (Mahalaxmi) opens. The devotees waiting prays the goddess to wake up.
Kakadarati 4.30 am to 6.00 am Kakadarati is performed and the worship is offered to to the goddess Ambabai (Mahalaxmi). The same worship is offered to the Matrulinga, Mahakali, Shree Yantra, Mahasaraswati & Ganpati.
Morning Mahapooja 8.00 am Again the bell at Ghati Darwaza rings to inform devotees about the timing of morning Mahapuja. During Mahapuja; the Shri Pujaks continue to perform incantations. The Abhishek is then offered to the goddess. After adorning the goddess with flowers; the golden crown upon head & golden footwears are placed.
Holy food (Nevaidya) 9.30 am Holy food is offered to the goddess.
Afternoon Mahapooja 11.30 am The bell at Ghati Darwaza rings to inform devotees about the timing of afternoon Mahapuja. Mahanevaidya is offered to the goddess. This plate usually contains Puranpoli, Rice, Dal, Vegetable, Chatani, Koshimbir etc. Only roasted food is offered on Gokulashtami & Mahaashtami. During Diwali; at least two days; special food other than Puranpoli is offered to the goddess.
Alankar Pooja 1.30 pm The idol of the goddess is then decorated by wearing Golden Ornaments. Chandan & beautiful Kumkum is applied on her forhead. This pooja contains traditional saari, kirit, kundal, mangalsutra, chains, kolhapuri saaj, putlya haar, tikhar etc.
Dhuparti 8.00 pm Holy food; A slight Repast; is offered to the goddess. Only on Friday evening the Mahanevaidya is offered.

Festivals in MahalaxmiTemple Kolhapur

Navratri Mahotsav

Navratra (nine nights) festival is celebrated for ten days during the Hindu months of Ashwin (around October). The daily routine of the temple is modified during this period. At 8.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Abhishek is performed followed by Mahanaivedya and Aarti. Later at 2.00 p.m. the deity is decorated with all the ornaments. On all ten days at 9.30 p.m. the litter of the Goddess is decorated in different forms with flowers and lights and is taken out in procession in the temple complex. Government sponsored police and military band is played at the head of the procession. The event culminates at 10.30 p.m. when the litter returns to the Garud Mandap and is placed on a special pedestal. The Goddess then receives one canon salute. Various cultural programmes are organized by the Mahalakshim Temple Trust in these ten days.

Kirnotsav

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

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 devotees can pay their respects to the Goddess when the procession arrives at the main entrance of the temple. At 9.30 p.m. one canon salute is given to the Goddess and the procession is taken outside the temple. It moves in the city and returns to the temple. The procession is accompanied by military or police band. Huge Rangoli (floor paintings) are drawn along the path of the procession and fireworks add to the festivities. Several devotees flock to participate in this event.

How to Reach

Mahalaxmi Temple is located in Kolhapur District in Maharashtra State of India. This temple is in the heart of the city near old palace. Kolhapur has Airport near Ujlaiwadi. It is well connected by Railway Station and by Bus with the important cities of India.

By Road Nearest RailWay Station Nearest Airport Google Map
1. Distance between Mumbai - Kolhapur 395 kms. Kolhapur Kolhapur, which is 13 kms from away kolhapur city. Map
2. Distance between Pune - Kolhapur 225 kms. Map
3.Distance between Latur - Kolhapur 72 kms.