the many places of worship, such as the Jain Mandirs, Buddhist stupas etc.
Mahalakshmi shrine, the focal point of irresistable attraction arrests the
attention of the visitors by its tall towers, lofty arches, huge mandaps and
grand dipmalas even from a distance. As the entire structure is built on the
elevated place called Brahmapuri, it is an important landmark visible for miles
around, although cement jungles arc trying to conceal her grandeur. Its high
towers jutting into sky over the tall buildings give it a conspicuous imposing
appearance. This star attraction as the principal centre of hectic
religious activity starts from early dawn and goes up to late hour in the night.
Built in the form of a cross, it goes by the architectural name of Hemapanti and
it is a typical specimen of Medieval style of Deccan temples. It is surrounded
massive prakara with stately entrances adorned with tall towers. Entering
through the Mahadwara facing the west, the visitors see rows of dipmalas on
either side of the gate. A big mandap called Garuda Mandap of huge dimensions
with square pillars and foliated arches, built in the characteristic Maratha architectural
style comes into sight first. Another Mandap housing a four foot
high Ganesh image lies adjacent to it.