Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple is the most important Shakti Peethas in Maharashtra, and one of the Astadasa Shaktipeeth (18 most famous temples of Goddess Shakti). Kolhapur is a district headquarters in Maharashtra and well connected with Pune and Mumbai.
The town is situated on the banks of Panchganga River. Kolhapur is well-known for its ancient temples and rich Hindu heritage and culture.
Mahalakshmi temple complex of Kolhapur also enshrines Mahakali, Maha Saraswati, along with Mahalakshmi. ‘Karavira Mahatmya’ states the legend, origin, and importance of Kolhapur Shakti Peeth.
The legend says that demon Kolhasura was destroyed by Goddess Mahalakshmi here. Anotehr legend states that Goddess Parvati demolished demon Kolhasura at Tryambakeshwar.
Gudipadwa (Marathi New Year), Vasant Navratri in Chaitra month (March – April), Mahalakshmi Jayanti, Shravan maas puja, Durga Navratri in Ashwayuja month (October), Diwali Lakshmi Puja, and Sharad Purnima Kojagari Lakshmi Puja are major festivals celebrated in Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple.