Kolhapur Temple, Mahalakshmi, Saraswati Devi, Timings, History
Kolhapur Temple History
Temple is one of the 18 Sakthi Peetas in India. As per legend, Prajapati Daksha daughter Sati Devi married Lord Siva. Prajapati had a rivalry with Lord Siva and started acting against Siva. Daksha decided to perform Yajna and invited all Gods and Goddess, leaving Lord Siva. Sati visited her maternal house, though she was not invited. Daksha insulted Sati with his acts and words. Angered Sati immolated herself in the Yogagni. Angered Siva ordered Veerabadhra who took birth from his anger to kill Daksha. Veerabadhra along with Kali and other Siva Ganas destroyed Yagna and slayed Prapati Daksha. Lord Siva on collecting Sati’s body performed Pralaya Thandavam. Lord Vishnu to stop the destruction destroyed Sati’s body with his Disc. The disc broke the corpse into 18 pieces which fell across the Indian subcontinent. It is believed that Sati’s eyes are fallen here.
It is said that Adi Sankaracharya installed Sri Chakra in this temple. Lord Siva in this temple complex is believed to be self-manifested.
From the inscriptions, it is known that this temple was built during 4th and 5th BC. This region was ruled by Chalukyas, Mouryas, Yadava Rulers and Sivaji, This temple received huge contributions for the kings.
Kolhapur Temple Timings
Morning Hours: 5:30 am – 12:00 pm
Afternoon Hours: 12:30 pm – 9:00 pm
How to reach Kolhapur 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 Temple Images
Reference Link: History