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KOLHAPUR - MAHALAKSHMI

Two giant dwarapalas, carved in the best manner of earl), sculpture, welcome the visitor at the entrance of the Mahalakshmi mandap. These were repaired on occasions, references from the Maratha period alone indicating that such repairs were needed at least thrice during some fifty years between 1760 and 1800. The image of the goddess has an extremely pleasant appearance. It is carved in black stone, is about three feet in height and has four arms. The typical ayudhas of the devi are as follows. In the lower right hand is the matulinga, a fruit not unlike the ordinary lemon, but much larger in size. In the upper right hand is a large mace, kaumodaks, and its head touching the ground. The upper left hand holds the shield or khetaka, the lower one holding a bowl i.e. panpatra. On the ’crown of the devi are a cobra-hood and a Shiva-ling with a yoni around it. Standing behind the devi is her vahana-a lion. The iconographical descriptions of the goddess, going back to the thirteenth century or even earlier according to some authorities, resemble most of the lakshanas of the present image. The earliest mention comes from the Vishvakarmashastra as quoted by Hemadri in his Chaturvargachintamani. It refers specifically to the Karvirvasini Mahalakshmi.

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