After a good night’s sleep in our comfortable hotel rooms, we were charged up for the sightseeing trip on the second day. We took our bath and had our breakfast. The previous days cab had already arrived on time to take us. The driver was waiting for us at the reception when we reached the ground floor of the hotel. We left for the first place today, the Mahalaxmi Temple Kolhapur. It was nice to start off with our trip by taking God’s blessings. This temple is a very famous one in Kolhapur and perhaps the most popular tourist spot as well. The drive to the temple was a very refreshing one with the early morning breeze blowing. It was a sunny day and the weather was perfect for an outdoor trip. The driver informed us about the importance of the temple among the local people as well as the tourists.
A long queue of devotees was already there by the time we reached the temple. We requested our driver to accompany us as he would be able to guide us around the temple. He readily accepted our request. This temple is regarded as a Shakti Peetha, one of the many around India, according to the Hindu mythology. The Goddess Shakti is regarded as the Goddess of Power by the Hindus. It is widely regarded among the devotees that one can fulfil one’s desires by praying at this Shakti Peetha. Attaining salvation from one’s desires is also possible for the devotees here. It is believed that Lord Vishnu and his consort Goddess Mahalaxmi, the principle deity of the temple, reside in this area.
The mad rush among the devotees to take the blessings of the deities showed us the importance of religion among the people of India. The temple was constructed a long time back in 700 AD. The statue of the Goddess is made from gemstone and is quite a spectacle to watch. We offered our pujas to the Goddess and prayed for mental peace and power. The visit to the Mahalaxmi Temple Kolhapur filled our minds with peace. It was time to move towards our next stop, Town Hall Museum.