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Lakshmi Puja is a special celebratory occasion during Margasheershamaas. Every Thursday in the month is celebrated with Lakshmi Puja in India. Some regions celebrate this as a Vrat (observance with fast) for the entire month of Margashiram.
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Where is Sri Maha Lakshmi Mandir?
Sri Mahalakshmi Mandir dedicated to Goddess of wealth Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu is located in Bhattiyani Chauhatta of Udaipur in Rajasthan state of India. Sri Mahalakshmi Mandir is believed to have been built in 17th Century CE and probably rebuilt or renovated in 19th Century CE. However, the image of Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi could be much older and belonging to 8th Century CE according to the folklore.
What is the legend of Sri Maha Lakshmi Mandir?
The temple dedicated Sri Maha Lakshmi is said to have existed in Shrimal. Shrimal is believed to be mentioned in Skandapuranam. Mahakavi Magh, a poet in the court of king Varmalata is believed to be from Shrimal region.
When was Sri Maha Lakshmi Mandir built?
Sri Mahalakshmi temple is believed to have existed in a place called Shrimal that forms the part of modern-day Rajasthan state. The place came to be called Bhinnmal or Bhinnamal after the Muslim invasions. Natives of Shrimal migrated to the region of Udaipur. A song dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi also describes the incident.
Maharana Shambhu Singh is believed to be the founder of the temple in the 19th Century CE. It is recorded that he fought a battle and brought the images of Mahalaxmi, Sundar Vinayak and RishabhNath.
What is unique about Sri Maha Lakshmi Mandir?
Ashtameedivas (8th day of Hindu calendar) in the dark fortnight of Bhadrapadmaas is celebrated as the birthday of Maha Lakshmi in the region of Udaipur. Celebration involves performing anointment with milk, curd, honey, fruits and coconut water which is known as Panchamirt Abhishek. Yaags are also performed to appease the goddess. Sundarkand from Ramayan is chanted in the evening.
Bhadrapadmaas is also known as Shraddhmaas that ends with Mahalaya Amavaasya, the season when offerings are given to the ancestors (Pitrus).
When can I visit Sri Maha Lakshmi Mandir?
You can visit Maha Lakshmi Mandir throughout the year. However, festival celebrations during Deepavali or Diwali can present a colourful spectrum. Also, the birthday celebrations during the Shraddhamaas occurring and Navaratri (in September or October) are the other occasions to visit the temple. September through March presents a pleasant climate for travelling in Rajasthan.
City of Udaipur owes its origins to Lake Pichola, a picturesque waterbody, named after the vllage Picholi. This artificially created lake was built nearly six centuries ago. The lake is believed to have been built by Banjaras. It is a contiguous water body consisting of several lakes. Maharana Udai Singh II decided to found a city after he was won over by the nature and locale in this part of present day Rajasthan.
What are the nearby temples?
Sahasrabahu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located about 22 km from Sri Maha Lakshmi temple is a 10th Century CE construction and a heritage monument at the foothills of Aravallis. King Mahipaala of Kacchchawaha dynasty built this temple. This temple is also known as Saas-Bahu temple.
Eklingji temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located about 24 km from Sri Maha Lakshmi Mandir belongs to 8th Century CE. The temple is believed to have suffered attacks many times after 10th Century CE. The present two-storey temple with pyramid roof and beautifully carved towers is said to have been built in 16th Century CE. Shivalingam consecrated here is five faced and carved in black-stone. The tower of the temple, known as Shikhar according to northern Indian style of Vastu Shastra, is believed to be fifty feet high.
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