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Lakshmi Puja 2022: Iconic Temples Of Goddess Lakshmi To Visit This Season

Lakshmi Temples in India: Believed to be a bestower of wealth and prosperity, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped all around India in varied forms. Mostly, people celebrate Diwali and worship Goddess Laksmi. In many places across India Lakshmi Puja is celebrated right around the time with festival of lights. Therefore, let us take a trip and see some of the iconic Lakshmi Temples spread across cities in India.

Mahalakshmi Temple, Kolhapur

Famous Mahalakshmi temples (Image: Kolhapur Tourism)

To begin with, one of shakti peeth of Goddess Lakshmi is located in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur. It is ascribed as one of the important religious sites and a famous Lakshmi temple in India. Its historical origins are traced to Chalukya dynasty.

Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Delhi

Birla temple illuminated at night (Image: temple purohit)

Another well known tourist spot as well as sacrilegious shrine, the Lakshmi Narayan Temple in Delhi is flocked by devotees throughout the season. The shrine also is home to deities of Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman along with a Buddhist shrine.

Mahalakshmi Temple, Mumbai

Dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, Mahalakshmi temple is one of the most popular temples in Mumbai. Unlike many other, this shrine has an interesting story to narrate. It is believed that the Hornby Vellard, a bridge connecting all Mumbai around Mumbai, has collapsed twice already. It is then the engineer dreamed of Goddess Lakshmi and also found an idol the next day. HEnce, installing the deity, this famous temple was constructed.

Lakshmi Devi Temple, Hassan

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One of the oldest temples, Lakshmi Devi Temple, Hassan Lakshmi Devi Temple in Doddagaddavalli belongs to the period of Hoysalas in Karnataka. The temple complex also is homes to many other Hindu gods and goddesses. The ancient intricate craftsmanship around the temple is truly noteworthy.

Sripuram Golden Temple, Vellore

The Sripuram Golden Temple in Vellore has a shrine of the Goddess Lakshmi and a temple tower coated in gold foil. The temple, built over seven years, has a star-shaped path, which represents the Shri Chakra (wheel). It is one of the biggest temples in India and is located on a hill called Malaikodi in Vellore.

Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai

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Located near the sea, by the breeze and golden sand of Elliot beach in Chennai, the Ashtalakshmi Temple is strikingly different as it houses eight avatars of the goddess. Inspired by the architecture Sundhiraja Perumal Temple in Uthiramerur, the temple’s genesis was laid around 1974. 

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