श्रीराम जय राम जय जय राम, শ্ৰীৰাংজয়ৰাংজয়জয়ৰাং, শ্রীরাম জয় রাম জয় জয় রাম , શ્રીરામ જય રામ જયજય રામ, ಶ್ರೀರಾಮಜಯರಾಮಜಯಜಯರಾಮ, ശ്രിറാം ജയ് റാം ജയ്‌ ജയ് റാം, శ్రీరాంజయరాంజయజయరాం

The Shakti Pithas of Maharashtra

The Shri Mahalakshmi Mandir Kolhapur in Maharashtra, Bharat, is one of the Shakti Peethas listed in various puranas of Hinduism. According to these writings, a Shakti Peetha is a place associated with Shakti, the goddess of power. The Kolhapur Shakti Peetha is of special religious significance being one of the six places where it is believed that one can either obtain salvation from desires or have them fulfilled. The temple takes its name from Mahalakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, and it is believed that the divine couple reside in the area.

The temple belongs architecturally to the Kannada Chalukya empire and may have been first built in circa 700 AD. Mounted on a stone platform, the image of the four armed and crowned goddess is made of gemstone and weighs about 40 kilograms. The image of Mahalakshmi carved in black stone is 3 feet in height. The Shri Yantra is carved on one of the walls in the temple. A stone lion, the vahana of the goddess, stands behind the statue. The crown contains an image of the Sheshnag — the serpent of Vishnu. In Her four hands, the deity of Mahalakshmi holds objects of symbolic value. The lower right hand holds a mhalunga (a citrus fruit), in the upper right, a large mace (kaumodaki) with its head touching the ground, in the upper left a shield (khetaka), and in the lower left, a bowl (panpatra). Unlike most Hindu sacred images, which face north or east, the image of this deity looks west (Pashchim). There is a small open window on the western wall, through which the light of the setting sun falls on the face of the image for three days around the 21st of each March and September. There are a number of other shrines in the courtyard to the Navagrahas, Surya, Mahishasuramardini, Vitthal-Rakhmai, Shiva, Vishnu, Tulja Bhavani and others. Some of these images date back to the 11th century, while some are of recent origin. Also located in the courtyard is the temple tank Manikarnika Kund, on whose bank is a shrine to Visweshwar Mahadev. Special Events: A festival image of the deity is taken out in procession around the temple courtyard each Friday, and on full moon days. For more information about mandir Please Visit http://www.mahalaxmikolhapur.com/

Shri Renuka devi Mandir Mahurgad

Mahur or Mahurgad is a religious place in Maharashtra, India. Mahur is the birth place of Hindu Goddess Renuka, mother of Lord Parshuram. The Shakti Peethas of Maharashtra are Tuljapur enshrining Bhavani, Kolhapur enshrining Mahalakshmi, Mahur enshrining Mahamaya, and Renuka and Saptshringi enshrining Jagadamba. Other Shakti temples in the state are those at Ambe Jogai and Aundh. There are many temples in Mahur like Anusaya Temple, Kalika Temple. The most important one is the temple of Renuka Devi. A big fair is held here every year on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami (Dasara). Mahur is the birth place of God Dattatreya. There is an ancient temple of Dattatreya. Every Year on Datta Pornima Thousands of people visit Mahur.

Mahur finds mention in the ancient, Devi Bhagawatam as Matripura, where it is mention as one of the famous pilgrimages, further in Devi Gita which the final and most important chapter of the text, it is mentioned as one the important places of Shakti worship. Mahur is situated on the Sahyadri Ranges, also known as the Western Ghats. All three important temples “Renuka Temple”, “Dattatreya Temple” and “Anusaya Temple” are built on three mountain ranges. Mahur is surrounded by jungles rich with trees and wild life. You can see the teakwood trees everywhere. Peacocks, deer, black bears, panthers are very common in the jungle. On one of the mountains is the ancient “Mahurgad Fort” constructed in the 12th century. Mahur was one of important fort in ancient history.

AttractionsThe main places in Mahur are:- Renuka Temple, Dattatreya Temple, Anusaya Temple, Devdeveshwar Temple, Parshuram Temple, Sarvatirtha, Matru-Tirtha,Bhanutirth, Hati darvaza,Bal samudra, Pandav Leni, Mahurgad Fort, Mahakali Temple (In the fort), “Mahur Museum”, Sonapir Dargah, Shaikh Farid Water fall, Palace of Raje Udaram. (Raje Udaram Deshmukh and later his brave wife RaiBagan(Royal Tigress) were the last rulers of Mahur.)

Devdeveshwar Temple Devdeveshwari mandir belongs to [Mahanubhav Panth], Basically called a Nidra sthan (sleeping place) of Jagat Guru Shree Dattatreya Prabhu, it is situated at elevated outskirt of mahur town, 2 km from mahur bus stand. Daily Shree Dattatreya Prabhu will take nitya snan (daily bath) at meruwada talao (Tank) in Mahur, Bhiksha (the meal served to a sadhu or Indian Monk)at Kolhapur, Bhojan (Lunch) at Panchaleshwar and get back to sleep in Devdeveshwar mandir Mahur (Nidra sthan of God Dattatreya Prabhu) Jagat Guru Shree Dattatreya swami is a chiranjiv avtar (Immortal) so it is believed that even today Shree Dattatreya swami comes to sleep here.

Photo and Information is Compilation work of Shri Moreshwar Kunte Family from Pune who is travelling across Maharashtra since 1991 and Visited 17000 and more Temples in 33 Districts of Maharashtra, his work is on National Records of Limca Book of records. He has Published many books on Temples.

Shri Saptshrungi Nivasini Devi