Temple – Mahalaxmi Kolhapur
The Mahalaxmi temple, otherwise called the Shri Ambabai temple is situated on the banks of the Panchganga waterway in Kolhapur, Maharastra. Compositionally, it has a place with the Chalukya realm. It has an upper temple that houses a symbol of Ganapati with an improved stone casing behind the icon. Before the Ganapati Idol is a rectangular Shivalinga also called Matulinga (Shivalinga on the Goddess icon) and outside this chamber lies a bull, vehicle of Lord Shiva. A flight of stairs to one side of Goddess Mahalakshmi's temple prompts this account of the temple. Kirnostav(the celebration of sunbeams) is commended in the Mahalaxmi temple when the beams of the Sun fall straightforwardly on the divinity at the hour of Sunset. Consistently during Navratri, on the fifth day of Lalitapanchami, a Palkhi parade is taken from the Mahalaxmi temple to Temblai mandir at Temblai slope. Temple Story Notable proof and the practices followed at the temple, persuaded that the temple of Mahalakshmi is basically a Shakta hallowed place. Indeed, it is one of the 51/108 significant ShaktiPeethas that are significant hallowed places devoted to Goddess Parvati as Shakti. The Puranas express that Maa Sati immolated herself after her dad Daksha offended her significant other Lord Shiva. This incensed Lord Shiva who opened his unnerving third eye and moved a furious Tandava across the earth with the body of his darling Sati in his arms. The Gods were worried about the possibility that the Lord Shiva's resentment would obliterate the universe and they looked for the help of Lord Vishnu who dispatched his almighty disk – Sudarshan Chakra – to cut Sati's body into pieces. Each right on target Earth that got a bit of Maa Sati's body turned into a position of love for lovers of the Goddess. Every one of these spots is respected as a Shakti Peetha by aficionados of the Goddess who are additionally alluded to as Shaktas. The Mahalakshmi Temple has the differentiation of being one of the 51 conspicuous Shakti Peethas in the Indian subcontinents. The temple denotes the recognition that was honored with Maa Sati's eyes. In Kolhapur, the Goddess is prominently referred to as 'Amba' or 'Ambabai' and according to the Kolhapur Mahatmya, a strict book made around 1730 CE, the goddess showed up here to shield local people from an evil spirit named Kolasura, who was annoying them. The Goddess crushed the evil spirit and it was his perishing wish, that the spot is named after him. Thus, the name Kolhapur.