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About Mahalaxmi Temple

One of the Shakti Peetha, the Mahalakshmi Temple in Kolhapur, Maharashtra is an age old temple that finds mention in the 7th century and different parts of the Puranas. The temple if associated with the goddess of power or Shakti. This temple holds a special religious significance as it is one of the six other places in India where it is believed, a devotee can either get their wishes fulfilled or attain salvation from all worldly desires. Goddess Mahalakshmi, the main deity of the temple is a consort of Vishnu. It is also believed that this area is the residence of the divine couple. It was first built by the rulers of the Chalukya empire in the 7th century. Thereafter, the temple has undergone many changes and has received the patronage of several dynasties who ruled the area. The main deity worshiped in this temple is mounted on a raised stone platform. The crowned goddess is made of black gemstone and stands about three feet tall. In the courtyard, there are several other shrines including Surya, Vishnu, Mahishasuramardini, Shivanand others. A shrine of Visweshwar Mahadev is placed on the bank of the tank in the temple’s courtyard. Every day, there are five worship services with the very first starting as early as 5 am.

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  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear
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