Top Festivals celebrated at Mahalakshmi temple Kolhapur
There are various festivals celebrated at Mahalakshmi temple in Kolhapur.
Mainly the Navratri festival is celebrated at the grand fashion with different events as explained below.
Navratri Festival at Mahalakshmi temple
Navarathri – Celebration of Shri Goddess of Mahalakshmi for nine nights is called as Navarathri festival. This festival is celebrated in a very big manner at Shri Mahalakshmi temple and it comes around the month of October. During this period the temple gets a large amount of crowd.
If you are coming from out of the city for darshan then this period should be avoided due to large crowds but evening events can be watched.
During this period – Abhishek is performed followed by Mahanaivedya and Aarti – at 8.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Later at 2.00 p.m., the Goddess of Mahalakshmi is decorated with all the ornaments.
On all nine days at 9.30 p.m., the form of Statue of the Goddess is decorated in different forms with flowers and lights and is taken out in procession in the temple complex.
The police and military band is playing at the head of the procession. The event completes at 10.30 p.m. and the statue returns to the Garud Mandap and is placed on a special base.
The Goddess then receives one gun salute from a Military band. Lot of people across India and Maharashtra visit the temple during this period to watch various cultural programs that are organized by the Shri Mahalakshmi Temple Trust in this Navratri festival.
Lalita Panchami festival at Mahalakshmi Temple
On the 5th day of Navarathri festival, at 7.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m. Abhishek is performed along with the other routine rituals on Lalita Panchami the 5th day of Navratri.
At 10.00 a.m. the form of Original Statute of Goddess Shri Mahalakshmi is given one Military (police) Canon salute and it leaves the temple premises to visit Goddess Tryambuli’s temple which is at a short distance from the main temple in Kolhapur.
On the way, the procession halts at Shahu Mill and Takala for Puja and Aarti and the procession reaches Goddess Tryambuli’s temple by noon.
The Chhatrapati (the local royal ruler) performs Kushmandabali (breaking a pumpkin gourd into two with a sword. Finally, the procession reaches the temple at 2.00 p.m. and concluded with Aarti.
Rathotsavam (chariot) Celebrations in Mahalakshmi Temple
Rathotsav (chariot) in Shri Mahalakshmi Temple Kolhapur is organized in the month of April. The chariot bearing the silver representation of the Goddess Mahalakshmi is decorated with flowers and lights. It is taken out in a procession in the evening from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
The devotees can pay their respects to the Goddess when the procession arrives at the main entrance of the temple.
The procession is accompanied by military or police band. Huge Rangoli (floor paintings) is drawn along the path of the procession and fireworks add to the festivities. Several devotees flock to participate in this event.
At 9.30 p.m. one gun salute is given to the Goddess and the procession is taken outside the temple. It moves in the city and returns to the temple.
Kirnotsavam (sun rays falls on the Goddess)
Kirnotsavam (festival of Sun rays) is celebrated when the sun rays fall directly on the Goddess Shri Mahalakshmi at the time of sunset on the following days :
31st January & 9th November: Sun rays fall directly on the feet of Goddess Shri Mahalakshmi.
1st February & 10th November: Sun rays fall directly on the chest of Goddess Shri Mahalakshmi.
2nd February & 11th November: Sun rays fall directly on the entire body of Goddess Shri Mahalakshmi.
The following pictures can show how remarkable it is:-