Mahalaxmi Temple Navratri Mohotsav and Kirnotsav & Rathotsav

1) Mahalaxmi Navratri Mahotsav

kolhapur mahalaxmi
kolhapur mahalaxmi

* Navratri:

(nine nights) festival is celebrated for ten days. during the Hindu months of Ashwin (around October). The mahalaxmi temple routine has been modified during this period. Abhishek is performed at 8.30 am and 11.30 am followed by Mahanvedya and Aarti. Later at 2.00 pm. The deity is adorned with all ornaments. 9.30 pm on all ten days.

The litter of the goddess is decorated in various forms with flowers and lights and a procession is taken out in the temple premises. Government sponsored police and military bands are played on top of the procession. The event ends at 10.30 am. When the garbage comes back to the Garuda pavilion and is place on a special pedestal. The god then receive a canon salute. In these ten days various cultural programs are organized by the Mahalaxmi Temple Trust.

* Lalita Panchami (Fifth day of the Navratra Festival):

At 7 am and 10.00 am Abhishek is performed along with other routine rituals. A canon salute is offered to the goddess's garbage at 10 am and it leaves from the mahalaxmi temple premises to visit the temple of Goddess Trimbuli which is a short distance from the main mahalaxmi temple in Kolhapur.

The route stops at Shahu Mill and Takla for worship and aarti. The procession reaches the mahalaxmi temple of Goddess Trimbuli by noon. Chhatrapati (local royal ruler) performs Kushmandabali (two pieces of a pumpkin gourd with a sword. It represents the killing of the enemy) in Kasba Bawda near Kolhapur in the presence of an unmarried girl of the Patil family. Garbage returns to the temple at 2.00 pm. the aarti is performe. In the evening, a procession is taken around the mahalaxmi temple.

* Ashtami (Eighth day of the Navratra Festival:

Abhishek alankar puja is performed at the deity along with other common rituals at 3.30 pm and 11.30 pm. The silver representation of the Goddess is kept in the Garuda Pavilion from 7 pm. From 9.30 am. 9.45 pm. The god then gets a cannon salute. The silver representation is placed on a throne and a procession is taken out around the city from Mahadwar Road, Gujri-Bhusinghaji Road, Bhawani Mandap (where the goddess is awarded betel nut and betel nut by eminent people). He also include OT. Blouse piece with golden border, coconut, bangles, sweets and token money), Gurumaharajwada, Sri Binkambi Ganesh (where Lord Ganesha is worshiped) and back to Mahadeshwar Road and temple. Aarti is then perform. By the next morning hour. It ends with Purnahuti (Parinati Puja).

*Navami (Ninth day of the Navratra Festival)

As usual the rituals are performed at 8.30 am, 11.30 am and 9.30 pm. Along with those made throughout the year.

2) Kirnotsav Of Mahalaxmi Temple

kolhapur mahalaxmi
kolhapur mahalaxmi

  • Kiranotsava
(festival of the rays of the sun) is celebrated when the rays of the sun fall directly on the idol of the deity at sunset:

31 January and 9 November: The rays of the sun fall directly on the feet of the deity.
February 1 and November 10: Sun rays fall directly on the deity's chest.
February 2 and November 11: Sun rays fall directly on the deity's entire body.

3) Rathotsav Of Mahalaxmi Temple

kolhapur mahalaxmi
kolhapur mahalaxmi

  • Rathotsav:
(Rath Utsav) is held in April. The silver chariot of the goddess is decorated with flowers and lights. The procession is taken out at 7.30 pm. From 9.30 am. Devotees can pay their respects to the goddess when the procession arrives at the main gate of the temple. 9.30 pm. The goddess is given a canon salute and a procession is taken outside the mahalaxmi temple. It wanders into the city and returns to the temple. The procession takes place with military or police bands. Huge rangoli (floor paintings) are drawn along the processional path and fireworks are included in the festivities. Many devotees come to participate in this event.
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