After having a quick breakfast I started my trip to the Mahalakshmi Temple Kolhapur, which is amongst the Shakti Peets according to the puranas of the Hindu religion. This temple is one such place where people believe that their desires can be fulfilled or they can get salvation. The name of the temple is taken from Mahalakshmi, the companion of Vishnu and it is believed that the couple resides in the area. The temple was built way back during the Chalukya Empire and is believed to be constructed around 700 A.D. The temple is structured with stone and the goddess is made of gemstone, which weighs around 40 kilograms. The picture of Goddess Mahalakhsmi is engraved in the stone and its height above the ground is around three feet.
The place is historically very famous and I saw that lots of tourists had visited this place that day. The Kirnotsav celebration in the temple is quite famous and is basically a festival when sunrays fall directly on Mahalakshmi idol. The sunrays fell directly on the idol during the sunset. I heard that on January 31 and November 9, the sunrays fall on the feet of the idol whereas on February 1 and November 10, they fall directly on chest of the idol. However, on February 2 and November 11, the sunrays fall on the entire body of the goddess. The locals informed me that it is during these situations that plenty of visitors come to the temple and many just manage to get a glimpse of the Goddess, completely covered with the golden rays of sun.
The Mahalakshmi temple Kolhapur is located in Maharashtra. I was in one of the most ancient cities of the country, which is rich in its heritage and has a significant treasure of old religious idols, temples and lots of other famous structures. I learnt that the city is connected via train as well as road from all the major cities of the country. Trains are available from Mumbai, Bangalore, Miraj, Sangli and Pune. The local people told me that state transport corporation buses are also available, which connect Kolhapur to surrounding cities and it is believed to be the most convenient transportation mode. Lots of shops and stalls are available in the areas surrounding the temple and I tried some new flavours and pakoras. After that I headed towards Narsobawadi.