Navaratri 2023- Nava Kshetra Nivasinis Painting Series-6♥️
Day 6 : Shree Karveer Niwasini Ambabai Mahalaxmi of Kolhapur🙏🏻
Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped as Supreme Mother Mahalakshmi at Shree Karveer Niwasini Ambabai Mahalaxmi Temple, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. The name of ‘Karaveera’ is still locally used to denote the city of Kolhapur.
The form of the Goddess Laxmi worshiped in the Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple is unique. Unlike the usual calm representation of Goddess Lakshmi sitting on a Lotus, the idol of Goddess Mahalakshmi is 3 feet tall and weighs 40 kilos. The idol is in a standing posture with four arms. She holds a Mhalunga (a kind of Citrus fruit), a large mace, a shield, locally called a Khetaka and a pānapātra (drinking bowl).
A stone lion, the Vahana for the Goddess, stands behind her. The crown of the Goddess contains the image of a Sheshnag. Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple dates back to the Chalukya period 550 AD to 660 AD.
Done using Acrylic paint on watercolor sheet ♥️