Kolhapur is an ancient town in Maharashtra on the banks of the Panchganga River. it's mentioned in several scriptures like Hindu deity Bhagavad-Gita of Hindu deity Bhagwat Puran and alternative Shakta texts. it's conjointly referred to as Karvirpur Kshetra and Mahalakshmi is additionally referred to as Karveerpur Vasini – the one who lives in Karvirpur. town still revolves around Ambabai – another name of Mahalakshmi. Kolhapur is called once Asura Kolhasur who was killed by the Devi. it absolutely was his dying want that town is called once him.
The temple could be a Shakti Peeth, one in all the foremost important Devi temples in India. the amount of Hindu deity Peethas varies reckoning on that text you're staring at, however, Mahalakshmi of this town is often a locality of that list. it's a Maha Shakti Peeth. it's at the guts of Kolhapur a bit like Kanchi Kamakshi is at the heart of Kanchipuram. the entire city revolves around the holy place.
When you enter, you see the bottom of the large structure in dark gray stone. You get a touch of Chalukyan design. Most of the carved pictures on the walls are broken. If you perceive Indian temple design, you'll work out tons of Madanika or Sur Sundari figures. The literature points out that these were most likely 64 yoginis graven on the niches all around. it's troublesome to spot or count them because it is covered by several things at the moment. Some deities may also be seen.
The Shikhara is painted in pale maize with saffron outlines. The Shikhara are triangular or conical in shape and look sort of a much later addition to the first mandir. Were the first Shikharas destroyed or they were merely restored, I'm however to search out the solution. Typical Maharashtra vogue Deepstambhs exchange one corner. it might be a pleasure to examine them lit up like past days. I used to be told they're lit up on the festival days.