Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur, Kolhapur District

Address : Mahalaxmi – Ambabai mandir, Mahadwar Rd, B Ward, C Ward, Maharashtra 416012

District : Kolhapur

Phone : 0231 254 1779

Completed : 634 CE

Deity : Mata Lakshmi

Famous For : Ambabai Temple

Overview:

Ambabai Temple (also known as Mahalaxmi Mandir) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lakshmi, who is believed to reside there as Supreme Mother Mahalakshmi and is worshipped by locals as Ambabai.Mahalakshmi is known to be part of the Tridevi which are the 3 Supreme Goddesses which are called Parvati or Mahakali , Lakshmi or Mahalakshmi ad Saraswati or Mahasaraswati. 9 Mahalakshmi is the wife of Vishnu and it is customary among Hindus to visit Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple and Padmavathi Temple as a yatra (pilgrimage). It is believed that visiting these temples as a pilgrimage helps achieve moksha (salvation). Shri Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur.The temple of the goddess Mahalakshmi was built by Karnadeva in 634 CE Chalukya reign. Mounted on a stone platform, the murti of the crowned goddess is made of gemstone and weighs about 40 kilograms. The image of Mahalakshmi carved in blackstone 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 a five headed snake. Further, she holds a Matulinga fruit, mace, shield and a pānapātra (drinking bowl). In Lakshmi Sahasranama of Skanda Purana, Goddess Lakshmi is praised as “Om Karaveera Nivasiniye Namaha” means “Glory to the Goddess who lives in Karaveera” and as “Om Sesha Vasuki Samsevyaa Namaha” means “Glory to Goddess who is served by Adi Sesha and Vasuki”. They are the 119th and 698th names of Lakshmi in Lakshmi Sahasranama. This is also the description mentioned in the Rahasya of Devi Mahatmya. Professor Prabhakar Malshe says, “The name of Karaveera is still locally used to denote the city of Kolhapur”.

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