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Shree Mahalaxmi Kolhapur

Temple of Shree Mahalaxmi or Ambabai

                It is Hindu Temple of goddess Mahalaxmi or Ambabai.  This Temple is build by King Karnadev of Chalukya family in A. C. 636.

There is another tale says that Mahalaxmi had defeated devil 'Kolhasur'. This temple is build by Kolhasur to show is devotion towards Devi.  Mahalaxmi Ambabai  given him blessing that the name of  town would be remembered after his name. So the name of city is 'Kolhapur' which is derived from 'Kolhasur'.  Temple has great Architecture of basalt rock. It has many columns beautified by sculptures. At front side a mandap is build it is called as Garud Mandap.  There are four gates (Dwar) to enter temple premises, namely 'Maha Dwar or Paschim Dwar' (at West), Uttar , Purv and Dakshine.     


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    The Temple is surrounded by may small temples of Gods like Shree Atibaleshwar (Shiva),  Shree Vishnu, Shree Ganesh, Shree Dattatraya, Shree Vittal. The temple premises has some holy trees like 'Pimpal' and Banyan. Near by there are other temples like The Navagraha Mandir and Jotiba Mandir, Kartikeya Mandir. The Statue of 'Sant Gadage Maharaj'  is near by Mahalaxmi Mandir. At entry point of Mandir there is idol of God Ganesha which has glassy look. Before 'Pitali Ubharta'  (Doorstep) there is Mahalaxmi Yantra. Inside temple one can make 'Pradakshina' of goddess.

Shree Mahalaxmi

                 Mahalaxmi or Ambabai is famous deity of India.  It is goddess of wealth and prosperity.  The deity of  Karvir (Kolhapur) is famous in all India. It is one of  ‘Shaktipeet’ of Maharashtra.  It is kulswamini of many Indian homes. Ambabai is wife of God Balaji ( Venkateshshwar of Tirupati, Andrapradesh). Devotees visit Kolhapur to pray Goddess Ambabai (Mahalaxmi) for a peaceful & healthy life. It is considered that the darshan of Shri. Balaji of Tirumala is incomplete without visiting goddess Mahalaxmi of Kolhapur.
    Large number of devotees visit to temple daily. The special days are Friday and Tuesday. The main festival is 'Navaratri Dhasara' , 'Kirnostsav' (Sun ray festival) and 'Rathostav' (Cart festival).

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How to reach at Mahalaxmi Temple

  • Distance from Kolhaur Airport : 15 Km (25-35 Minutes by car)
  • Distance from Kolhapur Railway Station / S T stand (CBS) : 3 to 4 km (by auto 10-15 minutes)
  • Distance from Rankala Stand (Gangavesh): by auto 5-10 minutes

From place in Kolhapur you might know

  • It is at East to Rankala lake / Shalini Palace (10-15 minutes drive)
  • Distance from Rajaram Puri : 3 to 4 km (by auto 10-15 minutes)
  • Distance from New Palace: 3 to 4 km

Local Conveyance in Kolhapur

    Other than your personal vehicle or hired one you can go for-
  • Auto Rickshaw
  • Corporation Buses (KMT)
  • Tanga (Horse Cart)
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 Famous places, Attractions nearby Mahalaxmi Temple

  • Bhavani Mandap and Juna Raj wada (old Palace) famous for
    • Temple of Goddess 'Bhavani'
    • Open Museum of wild animal that are hunted by Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj 
    • Rajabhau Bhail (Famous Chat Center)
  • Magnet Super Mall (Old Shetkari Bazaar)
  • Karveer Nagar Vachnalay (Rich library of good and old books)
  • Mahadwar road  
    • Famous place for domestic shopping
  • Binkhabi Ganesh Mandir
  • Kapiltirth Bhaji Market (Central Vegetable Market)
  • Rankala lake and Shalini Palace
  • Shoe Lane (Chambar Ali) : World famous 'kolhapuri chappals' market place
  • Khasbag Maidan : Famous wresting place
  • Bindu Chowk : There is old boundary of kolhapur city covered by Shield wall and Citadel 
  • Fadatare Misal Centre (Udyam Nagar) : Famous for Kolhapuri Misal

More about Mahalaxmi Ambabai and festivals

     Know more about Mahlaxmi and festivals that are celebrated at Mahalaxmi Ambabai mandir.

Where to Stay and Eat in Kolhapur

   Kolhapur has good range of Hotels like from Palace Hotel to Modern studios.   Here are few to list..
  • Hotel Shalini Palace
  • Hotel Pearl
  • Hotel Opel
  • Hotel Panchashil
  • Hotel Ayodhya
  • Hotel Cassel
  • Hotel Samrat
  • Hotel Triveni
  • Hotel Victor Palace
  • Hotel Vrushali
To find more about Hotels in Kolhapur click here