Mahalaxmi Temple, Kolhapur

Mahalaxmi Temple

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About Mahalaxmi Temple

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    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 4.30 AM - 10.00 PM , Saturday: 4.30 AM - 10.00 PM , Sunday: 4.30 AM - 10.00 PM , Public Holidays: 4.30 AM - 10.00 PM

Mahalaxmi Temple, one of the  sightseeing attractions of Kolhapur, is a huge shrine dedicated to Mahalaxmi, the goddess of prosperity. This temple was built in the 7th century by King Karandev of the Chalukya Dynasty. Housing a main hall and five towers, the temple displays Hemadpanthi sculpture architectural form.

The walls, interiors and exteriors of the ancient shrine are beautifully adorned with carvings and sculptures that exhibit the skills and workmanship of that era. The temple enshrines the statue of Goddess Mahalaxmi, also known as Goddess Ambabai. The statue is built as a monolithic structure adorned with various diamonds and stones.

In addition to this, the temple also displays a unique phenomenon, with sunlight falling on the face of the idol on 21st March and 21st September of every year. The temple is thronged by devotees during Navratri and Kiranotsav festivals. Later is celebrated for three days starting from 31st January every year.

What travellers are saying about Mahalaxmi Temple

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  • Excellent 30
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  • Good 7
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage

52 traveller reviews for Mahalaxmi Temple

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Chenchu Mareddy

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  • Chenchu Mareddy
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 47 photos
  • 90 Reviews
  •  386 helpful votes
  •  61403 readers

"Ancient temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
One among the 18 Shakti peethams, this temple is known as Kolhapur Mahalaxmi temple, a number of train services and other Bus/car transport services are there, a great visit and blessings of Goddess Maha Laxmi.
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Kittu Sharma

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  • Kittu Sharma
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 15 photos
  • 37 Reviews
  •  40 helpful votes
  •  2773 readers

"Spiritual place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is goddess Mahalaxmi temple, the temple is heritage and gives goosebumps as soon as you enter, you will find binkhambi Ganesh Mandir and Tulja mata mandir in same periphery.
Usually it is crowded in so plan accordingly or when I went it was crowded, it took 40 minutes or darshan in morning hours.
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Nikunj Goradia

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  • Nikunj Goradia
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  152 helpful votes
  •  21914 readers

"A must visit once temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The temple is one of the Shakti Peetha. So it has a very important role in History & Hinduism. If you are visited Kolhapur, then visiting this temple is a must.

Location: The temple is in the heart of the city. It is known to all locals & autos are easily available.

Exterior: The temple has 4 main entrances on each side I. E. East, West, North, South gates. Shoe rack is available for safekeeping on East gate. Pooja Thali, Sweets for offering to the Goddess is available on North & West gates.

Interior:There are 2 internal entry gates. Entry near north gate is for entry to the main Temple & worshipers can get near to the Goddess Mahalaxmi. Whereas entry near south gate is for worshiping from a distance. If you want to visit the whole temple & also enjoy the beauty then go from the entry near north gate. The temple is carved of stones. It has many beautiful structures.

Festivals: There is no direct sunlight inside the main temple. Kiran Utsav is an important festival here during which Sun rays reach the Goddesses Mahalaxmi. Full moon nights are also important here.

Overall: The temples is a must for all Hindu devotees. It is believed that if you visit the temple, You get salvation from your desires or you can fulfill them.
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Kuldip jalamkar

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  • Kuldip jalamkar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 4 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  399 readers

"Mahalaxmi temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 16, 2017
Mahalaxmi temple is situated in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. It is sacred place for hindu piligrims. Architecture of temple is very beautiful. There are many other historic places to visit within few km from temple.
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Chvr murthy

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  • Chvr murthy
  • 2 Reviews
  •  282 readers

"Beautiful temple with intricate architecture"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2017
Cell phone is allowed and you can take some photos other than goddess. No fees, free darshan. No rush you can complete darshan with in 1 hour. Best time to visit any temple is morning hours. Better not to take digital cameras, other wise you have to deposit at security point. Ch appal stand and small lockers are available to keep small and medium bags. Better not to carry huge bags. Temple cleanliness is normal.
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Sanjay Desai

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  • Sanjay Desai
  • Lives in Kolhapur
  • 7 photos
  • 24 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  15652 readers

"Ancient Temple of goddess Mahalaxmi"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2017
This is one of the ancient temple & made up of full black stone. The carvings on the stone are beatific & marvellous. One can get peace of mind. The temple is open right from 5 AM till 9. 30 PM. After the darshan of deity the tome can be spent for souvenir purchases. In the vicinity you can get nice Maharashtrian food to eat. The kandi pedhas are the USP of this place. All in All must visit place in Kolhapur. The camera & photography inside the temple is banned. However once can carry camera & snap in the temple complex.
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Sudhakar Madhavedi

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  • Sudhakar Madhavedi
  • Lives in Nizamabad
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  305 readers

"Ancient Mahalaxmi temple ... One of the 18 Sakthi Peetas"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 21, 2017
This temple contains Marvellous Ancient Indian Temple Architecture ... The Best example is Kolhapur Maha Laxmi Temple ... One should vist at least once in their life.
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Suresh bhosale

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  • Suresh bhosale
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1032 readers

"Mahalaxmi temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2016
After long time we visited temple
And every time I felt atmosphere full of spirituality and kind of satisfaction. Long queues are there, but one can reach inside neat to center of temple, in hour or two. Once we reach there all the tiredness of standing for hours disappeared. Temple is quite old and beautiful. One good place to see Bhavani mandap is near the Temple.
In total excellent experience. Goddess mahalaxmi darshan is certainly nice and wonderful experience.
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Swetha kadambi

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  • Swetha kadambi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  475 readers

"Awesome temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 13, 2016
The goddess is just awesome. The whole temples ambience is very pleasant. We went during the navratri time and we got stuck in the queue for over an hour at 10 in the night. We totally didn't expect it and didn't know what was happening. A very nice marathi lady led us through the whole process and told us that it was very auspicious to visit the temple during this time. The whole experience is worth remembering. The rout to the temple is very complicated so the best thing to do is take a rick which will cost you about Rs. 50 and he will drop you exactly at the temple without any hazzle.
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Dipesh Vora

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  • Dipesh Vora
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 19 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  4095 readers

"Must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 26, 2016
Kolhapur = Mahalaxmi and place is center of attraction for Hindus. Old temple with great architecture.

It is almost every day crowded with followers. Place is guarded by security or police and overall well managed temple.

Lines are controlled and so is the "Darshan" and "Aarti".

You can buy "prasad" and" order "abhishek"

Avoid peak seasons or full moon day or special days.

Lot of shops nearby for shopping.

MUST visit.
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