Kolhapur Mahalaxmi- Shri Karveer Nivasini Temple History

Sri Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple in Maharashtra, India is one of the Shaktipeeths, also know as Dakshin Kashi listed in various Puranas of Hinduism. According to these articles, a Shaktipeeth is a place associate with Shakti, the goddess of power. Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Peeth is of special religious importance, being one of the six places where it is believe that one can either attain freedom from desires or fulfill them.

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Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple
Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple
The temple derives its name from Mahalaxmi, the consort of Vishnu, and is believed to reside in the area of this divine couple. The Kolhapur Mahalaxmi temple, architecturally, belongs to the Kannada Chalukya kingdom, and was probably first built in 700 AD.



Mounted on a stone platform, the image of the four-armed and crowned goddess is made of gemstone and weighs about 40 kg. The statue of Mahalaxmi carved in black stone is 3 feet high. The Sri Yantra is carve on one of the walls in the temple. A stone lion, the idol of the goddess, stands behind the statue.

kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the six places of Kolhapur Shakti, where one can fulfill wishes as well as attain salvation from them. Hence it is considere more important than Uttar Kashi, the place where Sri Mahalaxmi is praye for the protection of Shri Vishnu.



It is say that both Shri Lakshmi and Shri Vishnu reside forever in the Karvir region and do not leave at the time of the Great Depression. Therefore this region is also calle Avimukkshetra.
The Karvir region is eternally blesse and it is believe that Mata Jagadambe is in its right hand and hence this region is protecte from all destruction.

Kolhapur Mahalaxmi
Kolhapur Mahalaxmi

The crown has the image of Sheshnag - the serpent of Vishnu. In his four hands, the deity of Mahalxmi holds objects of symbolic value. In the lower right hand is a muhalunga (a citrus fruit), in the upper right, a large mace (kaumodaki) with its head touching the ground, a shield (khetaka) in the upper, and a bowl (panpatra) in the lower left.

Unlike most Hindu sacred paintings, which face north or east, the image of this deity looks west (west). There is a small open window on the western wall, through which sunlight falls on the face of the image for three days on the 21st of each March and September.


Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple Architecture.



Legends:
Although many parts of the temple belong to the second half of the second millennium, epigraphic references include the gods in the 7th century and temples in the 10th century. In the interim period, this temple was throw out of worship and the idol of the goddess was keep elsewhere. Pooja was restore in 1715 after the Marathas came to power.

History:
Although many parts of the temple belong to the second half of the second millennium, epigraphic references include the gods in the 7th century and temples in the 10th century. In the interim period, this temple was throw out of worship and the idol of the goddess was keep elsewhere. Pooja was restore in 1715 after the Marathas came to power

Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple & Statue:

The temple complex showcases mortal constructions that echo the style of early Deccan temples. It should also be noted here that there are horizontal moldings and vertical offsets that create a rich light and shadow pattern. The temple has a rich display of dancing poses, sculptures of musicians, deities. The three sanctuaries have simple peaks of brick and mortar, dating back to the 19th century.

The main entrance in kolhapur mahalaxmi temple is the western gate. Upon starting the Mahadwara, one is confronte with several deep seas on either side, and the mandapa square pillars and wooden lattice arches, Maratha temples. This pavilion belongs to the 18th century. A statue of Garuda is in front of the sanctum sanctorum. Another stone pavilion, which is on a raised platform to raise Ganesha, is also in front of the sanctum sanctorum. After this there is a pavilion with three shrines on the west side. The central one is of kolhapur Mahalaxmi and Mahakali and Mahasaraswati on either side.

The statue of Mahalaxmi carved black stone is 3 feet high. The Sri Yantra is carve on one of the walls in the temple. The sanctum sanctorum has been designe such that once a year, the sun and rays fall in front of the image of Mahalaxmi for a period of 3 days in Pisces and Leo sign

Above the Mahalaxmi sanctum sanctorum is a temple with a Shivalingam and a Nandi. Venkatesh, Katyayani and Gauri Shankar - face north, east and south in the Devakosh house. The courtyard houses several subsidiary temples of Navagrahas, Surya, Mahishasuramardini, Vitthal-Rukhmai, Shiva, Vishnu, Tulja Bhavani and others. Some of these paintings date to the 11th century, while some are recent. There is also the Manikarnika Kund located in the courtyard, on the bank of which is the temple of Vishveshwar Mahadev.

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