Kolhapur Places to visit - Mahalakshmi Temple
Malalakshmi temple is ancient temple located in the centre of kolhapur city. Kolhapur city is away from Pune is just 240km on the national highway 4 , Kolhapur is a historical place in Maharashtra, distance of Mahalakshmi temple to st stand is near about 3km. Kolhapur is situated on the river of panchaganga & is full of ancient temples and shrines. In kolhapur city beautiful ancient mahalakshmi temple present in the main area of kolhapur.
The main entrance of the mandir is in the front of mahadwar road & taht entrance is western entrance and enters the Garuda mandap with square pillars and foliated arches of wood, characteristic of Maratha temples. this mandap is from 18th century. the mandap with three shrines facing west. The central one is that of Mahalakshmi & another two is Mahakali and Mahasaraswathi. inside the campus of mahalakshmi temple there are four entrance & each of entrance construction is same.
Image of Mahalakshmi carved in black stone is 3 feet in height. malakshmi kund is located in the courtyard is the temple tank Manikarnika Kund, on whose bank is a shrine to Visweshwar Mahadev. every morning 5 o clock there are kakada arti in the early morning & every day 8 am involves the offeirng of the Shodashopachara pooja consisting of 16 elements. afternoon and evening Shejaarati pooja constitute.