Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple History, Timings, Aarti details
Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple History
In olden days, Kolhapur called as Karvir. Kolhapur is the holy abode of Goddess Lakshmi Devi. This is popularly called by Dakshina Kasi.
As per the Legend, Once upon a time Lord Siva and Goddess Maha Lakshmi were discussing their respective habitats. While in the discussion, they had a dispute over Kasi and Karvir, which one is more important. Both approached Lord Vishnu for settling the dispute. Lord Vishnu picked up a pair of scales, places Kasi in one pan, Karvir in the other. The pan with Karvir weighed high than Kasi.
Special about this temple is that Siva Linga is located right above the Garba Griha of Maha Lakshmi shrine in a second storey. There are images in the temple which date back to the 11th and 12th centuries.
A holy dip in the temple tank, Manikarnika followed by the Darshan of Siva and Mahalakshmi will be blessed with good fortune. During the third Kalp, while Siva and Parvati were staying here, the goddess lost a Kundal or earring. It was of Pearls (Mani). The Siva Ganas searched for it and went on even to dig the earth to recover it. They recovered Kundal deep in the earth. The Goddess pleased with their effort and turned the mud pool to Tirtha and named it as ‘Manikarnika’ after her Mani Kundal.
Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple Timings
Morning Hours: 5:30 am – 12:00 pm
Afternoon Hours: 12:30 pm – 9:00 pm
How to reach Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple?
- The nearest airport is at Goa which is 228 km away. Pune airport is 249 km away.
- The nearest railway station is at Kolhapur for which weekly trains are available. Next nearest station is at Miraji which is 49 km away.
- The direct bus is available from Satara and Karad to the temple.
Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple Images
Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple: History