Kiran Utsav is one is one of the popular and most celebrated festivals at Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple in Maharashtra. Kiran Utsav is celebrated for five times in a year.
On January 31st, February 1st, and 9th, 10th, and 11th November, Kiran Utsav is observed in Kolhapur temple. On these days, Sun rays touch the feet of Goddess Mahalakshmi. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped with utmost fervor during Kiran Utsav.
Millions of devotees throng the temple of Kolhapur Mahalaxmi to perform pujas to the Goddess. Kolhapur is one of the Astadasha Shakti peethas (18 prominent temples of Goddess Shakti).
On the following days, Sun rays fall directly on the presiding idol of Mahalakshmi:
31 January & 9 November: Sun rays fall directly on the feet of the idol
1 February & 10 November: Sun rays falls directly on the chest of the deity
2 February & 11 November: Sun rays fall directly on the entire body of the deity