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Siva Temples In Maharashtra
Index Amarkantak
Poona Ambarnath
Kolhapur Mahabaleswar
Elephant Caves Jejuri
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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The Mother Mahalakshmi Mandir at Kolhapur is a veritable spiritual treasure house adorned with grand images of almost all gods of Hindu Pantheon in beautiful pavilions in and out of its vast courtyards. Among them, the superbly sculptured icons of Mahakali, Maha Saraswati and Ambabai installed in Mukha mandap are the cynosures of attraction. Next come the much venerated imaged of Siddhi Vinayak, Sita Surya, Ramalakshmanan, Tuljabhavani, Dattatreya, Navagrahas for indispensable mention and veneration. All these divinities are found in the ground floor only.

Ascending the second story, one gets stupefied at the imposing size of a monolithic black Sivalinga installed on a high dias. Its sparkling polish and superb execution wrings veneration involuntarily. The triple ash marks with a big circular vermilion dot in the middle on the broad forehead heightening its splendor casts a spell on the viewers and so they let out Harhar Mahadev sounds unknown to themselves. This spectacle remains locked up in their minds for ever. Ironical it may seem that there are few icons here in the spacious mandir, unlike the ground floor studded to portals with numerous icons. So this mandir can be deemed an individual, independent Mandir - a separate Sivaalaya, though forming an integral part of the Ambabai Aalayam. Hasn't the Lord Mediated and solemnized the wedding of Maha Vishnu with Mahalakshmi at Nanjangud? Would she not accommodate Him fittingly in her abode? So the entire second story is occupied by HIM and His adherents. It lies in the heart of Kolhapur, in the State of Maharashtra.

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