The Shri Mahalakshmi Temple at Kolhapur in Maharashtra, India, is one of the Shakti Peethas listed in the various Puranas of Hinduism. According to these writings, Shakti Peeth is a place associated with Shakti, the goddess of power. The Kolhapur Shakti Peeth has special religious significance as it is one of the six places where it is believed that one can either attain freedom from desires or fulfill them. The temple takes its name from Mahalakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, and is believed to be inhabited by divine couples in this area.
Shri Mahalakshmi Temple at Kolhapur architecturally belongs to the Kannada Chalukya Empire and was probably first constructed around 700 AD. Set on a stone platform, the image of the four-armed and crowned goddess is made of gemstones and weighs about 40 kilograms. The height of the Mahalakshmi statue carved in black stone is three and a half feet. Shree Yantra is inscribed on one wall of the temple. A stone lion, the vehicle of the goddess, stands behind the idol. The crown has an image of Sheshnag – the serpent of Vishnu. In her four hands, Mahalakshmi Mata holds objects of symbolic value.
The lower right-hand holds a mhalunga (a citrus fruit), the upper right, a large mace (kaumodaki), whose head touches the ground, the upper left holds a shield (khetka), and the lower left holds a bowl. Is. Panpatra). Unlike most Hindu sacred images, which face north or east, the image of this deity looks west (west).
A small open window on the western wall allows the setting sunlight to fall on the face of the image for three days around the 21st of each March and September. The courtyard houses several other temples for the Navagrahas, Surya, Mahishasuramardini, Vitthal-Rakhmai, Shiva, Vishnu, Tulja Bhavani, and others. Some of these paintings date back to the 11th century, while some are of more recent origin. Manikarnika Kund is also the temple’s pond in the courtyard, on the banks of which is the temple of Vishweshwar Mahadev.