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“Temple has only religious value, nothing else” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mahalaxmi Temple

Mahalaxmi Temple
Mahadwar Road | Kolhapur, MH 416012, Kolhapur 416012, India
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Ranked #2 of 28 attractions in Kolhapur
Type: Architectural Buildings
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“Temple has only religious value, nothing else”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The overall maintenance of temple is bad. For the first time tourist, it is very confusing as there is no one to guide you. People go there just because they have come to Kolhapur and they have to go somewhere. There are very few places to visit in Kolhapur. So if you have come here for two or three days, naturally you would like to visit some place so that you can tell your relatives and friends what you saw in Kolhapur. Just like in most other temples, people are here to fleece you. Go there because you have to go somewhere. I live in Kolhapur, so I should know about it

Visited June 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

good archeology but nobody to explain.....only laxmi devi is important not beautiful temple! Beware before buying Kolhapuri chappals.. chances of inferior quality & cheating are very high!

Visited July 2013
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“The powerful temple, Shri MahaLakshmi at Kolhapur”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Shri Maha Lakshmi at Kolhapur is one of the shaktistal, once you get into the temple you can feel the vibration. Pooja's are performed here with Bhakthi and everyone are allowed to make darshan peacefully. In the afternoon mangal arathi's will happen between 11:30 and 2:00 PM, good to be here in person and feel it.

Queues with less crowd, no experiences like Thirumala Balaji darshan. You can see the equality amongst everyone, no recommendation will be accepted here.

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Visited July 2013
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“Visit & darshan at mahlaxmi temple.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

It was a long desire of me to visit this temple as being the Shakthipeeth. From Hyderabad the train journey is too long takes 24 Hours. We went by Road in our car via Sholapur. It was a good drive.We entered the Tarabai Road through by lanes and Parked the vehicle in the Muncipal parking and took a room in the lodge opposite it.The temple is hardky five minutes walking distance on the same road. As being off season the rush was less compared to the festival periods. We did not go through any long queueI and had darshan very quickly. As we were first time visitors were not aware of the rituals being followed there. After coming out again we took Pooja samagri and went inside again had darshan and pooja and came out. while doing the parikrama of the temple we could see the gigantic structure of the temple and could see the barricades erected for the queue when the rush is more and imagine the devotees strength at that time. We spent some time in the temple and felt very satisfied and came out and had our dinner in the hotel nearby and returned back to Hyderabad via Pandahrpur after having darshan there. Unless someone wants to visit it during some special days, I would prefer the other as you can have full satisfaction of the visit and darshan.

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“Ancient temple a must see at Kolhapur”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The Shri Mahalakshmi Temple of Kolhapur in Maharashtra, India, is one of the Shakti Peethas listed in various puranas of Hinduism. According to these writings, a Shakti Peetha is a place associated with Shakti, the goddess of power. The Kolhapur Shakti Peetha is of special religious significance being one of the six places where it is believed that one can either obtain salvation from desires or have them fulfilled. The temple takes its name from Mahalakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, and it is believed that the divine couple reside in the area.

The temple belongs architecturally to the Kannada Chalukya empire and may have been first built in circa 700 AD. 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. In Her four hands, the deity of Mahalakshmi holds objects of symbolic value. The lower right hand holds a mhalunga (a citrus fruit), in the upper right, a large mace (kaumodaki) with its head touching the ground, in the upper left a shield (khetaka), and in the lower left, a bowl (panpatra). Unlike most Hindu sacred images, which face north or east, the image of this deity looks 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. There are a number of other shrines in the courtyard to the Navagrahas, Surya, Mahishasuramardini, Vitthal-Rakhmai, Shiva, Vishnu, Tulja Bhavani and others. Some of these images date back to the 11th century, while some are of recent origin. Also located in the courtyard is the temple tank Manikarnika Kund, on whose bank is a shrine to Visweshwar Mahadev.

Worship Structure: 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 offeirng 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.

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