Durga Ashtami is a grand festival at Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple. In 2014, Durga Ashtami date is October 2.
At 8.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Abhishek is performed on the deity along with the other usual rituals followed by Alankar Puja. The silver representation of the Goddess is placed in the Garud Mandap from 7.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
At 9.45 p.m. the Goddess then receives one canon salute. The silver representation is placed on a throne and is taken around the town in procession from Mahadwar road, Gujri-Bhausinghji road, Bhavani Mandap (where the goddess is honoured with betel leaves and betel nut by distinguished people.
The Goddess is also offered Oti (comprising golden bordered blouse piece, coconut, bangles, sweets and token money), Gurumaharajwada, Shri Binkhanbi Ganesh (where Lord Ganesh is worshipped) and back to the Mahadwar Road and to the temple. Again an Aarti is done followed by sacrificial fire Puja that continues till wee hours of next morning. It ends with the Purnahuti (culmination Puja).