Mahalaxmi temple in Kolhapur is the one of Shakti Peeth which is listed in Hindu Puran. It is supposed that the temple was build in between 600 to 700 AD in Chalukya Empire.
The sanctum sanctorum houses the revered image of goddess. This image is not fashioned by any human being but exists in natural form. The image of the crowned Goddess is mounted on the stone platform which having four arms. Upon the crown of Goddess Mahalaxmi Sheshnag is carved also behind the image there is a lion carved in the stone. This image is made up from the gemstone & its weight is about 40 kg also height is about 3 feet.
The ‘Palkhi’ ritual is performed on every Friday. Also during the Hindu festivals like Chaitra Poornima & Navaratri there is enthusiastic celebration. The temple also holds music concerts during the festival
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Pilgrimage around Kolhapur:
Ramteerth: This is named because Ram was stayed here during his Vanvaas. This place is well known for its breathtalking natural buaty.
Jotiba: This lies 17 km in north-west of Kolhapur at 3100 feet height. Jotiba is supposed to be incarnation of thre gods Bramha, Vishnu & Mahesh.
Narasimha Wadi: This place is situated on the bank of the Krishna River. This place is well known for ‘Padukas’ (Slippers) of Dattaguru. It is supposed to be that Dattaguru lived here for 12 years.
How to Reach:
By Air: Kolhapur having an airport 9 km away in south-east side of the city at the Ujalaiwadi. Kingfisher Airlines gives the regular service between Kolhapur & Mumbai.
By Train: The name of the Kolhapur railway station is Chattrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus. Kolhapur is connected to the cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Tirupati, Nagpur, Ahmadabad, Sholapur, and Delhi via railway services.
By Road: Kolhapur is connected to the Mumbai, Pune, Benglore and Chennai via the National highway 4. Also to Sangali, Sholapur & other neighborhood districts as well as the taluka places by the State Highways.