Lakshmi : Patron of Fortune, Affluence and Prosperity


The serene existence of magnificent Maha-Lakshmi temple amidst the commotion of a busy traffic signal across Sarasbagh in Pune might strike as rather odd. Built with pristine white marble in Dravidian architectural style, the temple opened to public for worship in 1984 and has since been held of great religious significance in the city. Devotees can instantly feel a sense of calm and peace dawning upon them as they walk through the elaborately carved entrance. Tranquility takes over as their bare feet touch the cold marble beneath. They are mesmerized as they take each step through the line of pillars and walls carved in intricate patterns leading up to the Idols of Sri Mahsaraswati, Sri Maha-Lakshmi  and Sri Mahakali. Pune’s Maha-Lakshmi temple is a site worth visiting.



Lakshmi is the goddess of affluence and abundance and her pictures adorn shops, business establishments and homes. She is said to be the goddess of 16 forms of worldly wealths including fame, courage, victory etc. Maha-Lakshmi is an incarnation of goddess Lakshmi. While Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, portrayed as standing on a lotus, Maha-Lakshmi’s iconography portrays her riding a lion like Durga.  She is particularly popular in Maharashtra. She is said to be the root of all creations.


Goddess Lakshmi is often taken to be a “restless” goddess who comes and leaves without warning! Good fortune come and leave without apparent reasons! That is why in order to please Vaibhav Lakshmi (goddess of riches) some people observe a fast on Fridays. It is considered to be an auspicious day to invite Lakshmi home to replenish wealth and fortune.

The person observing the fast has to wake up early in the morning, clean the house, bath and wear clean clothes. Cleaning the house is an essential part of the fasting ritual for Lakshmi is known to abhor untidy homes and lazy people.


The ritual of puja is performed which begins with the decoration of the puja alter with flowers. There are three ways of performing the puja. Either an idol of Lakshmi, or a four sided oil lamp or a copper kalash filled with rice is placed on the alter. If a lamp is used, it is lit and decorated with vermilion and rice. In case of a kalash, it is filled with rice and decorated with mango leaves and inverted dry coconut. Incense sticks are lighted and a sweet is offered as a prasad. With folded hands the person has to chant Lakshmi mantras or a single mantra is to be chanted 108 times on a Rudraksha mala or Kamal gatta mala.  The puja culminates with an arti and distribution of prasad. If a rice filled kalash is used, after the puja the rice is mixed with the stock of rice in the house. The person who is fasting has to give up food during the day and eat a simple meal at night.

Popular festivals of Diwali and Kojagiri Purima are the two main Hindu festivals when Lakshmi is celebrated and worshipped in all its grandeur.

Her popularity is evident from the fact that the Indian equivalents of English titles Mr. and Mrs. are the prefixes Sri and Srimati, the sacred names of Lakshmi. It signifies that the married men and women have the blessings of goddess Lakshmi to sustain and perpetuate life. If you are seeking affluence in something, the prefix or suffix Lakshmi or Sri is added to it e.g. Shanti Sri (abundance of peace), Rajya Lakshmi (wealth of empire).

Numerous equivalents of Lakshmi are found in other Asian cultures. Kishijoten in Japan, Vasundhara in Tibet and Nepal and Dewi Sri in Indonesia are some of the close analogues of Indian goddess Lakshmi.

Interestingly and ironically, in religions like Buddhism and Jainism which preach and practice worldly renunciation, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth is greatly revered and worshipped.




Mahashivratri- The story of Shiv Shakti reunion

MM_Mahashivratri18Shivratri, is one of the most significant festivals for holding a fast for Hindus that falls on the 13th night in Phalgun month. Most temples on this day, have a big festival of Shiva Kathan where the pujari narrates different stories related to MahaShivratri. The legend goes that long ago, both, Shiva’s marriage to Sati and Shiva’s marriage to Parvati (incarnation of Sati) too, occurred on this very day. But, through these marriages there is an interesting story that explains how Lord Shiva was born and why Lord Shiva is associated with Shakti.

Everybody knows the more popular story – that of the marriage of Shiv and Parvati which takes place on Shivratri. Goddess Parvati prayed to Lord Shiva to be his bride. Incidentally, for this sole occurrence, everyone celebrates Shiv Parvati marriage.

However, very few know that an era prior to this day, Shiv and Sati were also wedded on the same day. Therefore, the two most significant events marked in the life history of God Shiva occurred on Shivratri. But that is not all.

For these marriages to take place, we need to understand the story behind the Birth of Lord Shiva and why is Lord Shiva always associated with Shakti/Sati/Parvati.

‘The history of God Shiva dates to the times when The Universe was nowhere in existence. Even before the world was created, The Holy Empress was the only energy in existence. She ruled darkness, space, nature and everything that lives within. ‘The Holy Empress’ or ‘The Mighty Adi Shakti’ as the world knows her is the most pious, pure and the tranquil of everything that exists. Legend has it that she is present in everything and is everywhere. With her immense power and energy, she can create and maintain anything; and if time comes, she can even destroy everything.’ The Mighty Adi Shakti has created the Light, The Sun, the atmosphere, the mankind, the animal kingdom, the waters. To control them all and have an able ruler for the universe she propagated the most powerful energy and dispersed her power into ‘The Holy Trinity- Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.’

As the Holy Trinity was created, she explained to them the inception of their existence- “This world is a work of everything that is pure, true and a sanctum of Holiness. Everyone will know the meaning of life and death through your power, energy and your creation. From now on you will be called as GOD- Generator, The Great Lord Brahma; Observer- Laxmi Pati and the most affectionate Lord Vishnu, Destroyer- The most honest and powerful of all- Lord Shiva” With her teachings, The Holy Trinity started following the path laid down by The Mighty Adi Shakti. Being happy with her creation she then manifested herself into Mother Nature forever.

Seeing the manifestation of Mighty Adi Shakti, the Holy Trinity accustomed themselves with her creation and her set path for them. However, Adi Shakti was not convinced with the responsibilities given to the Holy Trinity. To test her new creation, Adi Shakti transformed herself into a hideous looking deformed being and went to the palace of The Holy Trinity. Seeing such a hideous being, Lord Brahma as well as Lord Vishnu turned their heads away and did not entertain her. However, Lord Shiva calmly looked towards her with great love and care. Seeing such unconditional love, The Mighty Adi Shakti transformed into her true self and blessed Lord Shiva to be the God of the Souls. Being happy with the deed of Lord Shiva, she further exclaimed “Dear Shiva, you have made me very happy and contented. You have truly attested to the reason of my creation. From now on, a part of me will always remain with you forever. I will soon be incarnated as Sati and will be wedded to your soul.” Hearing this, Lord Shiva smiled and prayed to Adi Shakti for her blessings.

Thus, the history of God Shiva and Shiv Parvati marriage is associated with the boon given by ‘The Mighty Adi Shakti’ after creating Lord Shiva.

There are many versions of the birth and marriage of Lord Shiva and the history associated with Lord Shiva’s powers or as to why Shivratri is celebrated. But, this happens to be the most believable story for the association of Shakti and Shiv. To add to this day, the fast for Shivratri is not the usual kind. Lord Shiva, is particularly choosy and very strict about his habits, therefore, even the fast dedicated to Lord Shiva is of a certain taste. The Shivratri fast includes special fruits and vegetables like wood apple(kauth), Belphal Juice etc. Thus, Shivratri is celebrated in
the remembrance of Shiv Shakti union and with an offering to Lord Shiva of his favourite fruits.


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Ganesha Story behind fasting on Sankashti Chaturthi

Linkedlin Post For Sankashti Chaturthi.Many people believe that praying to Lord Ganesha (Vighnaharta being another name) on Sankashti ends all your difficulties. But, very few know how this Chaturthi came to be known as Sankashti and why does one pray to Lord Ganesha. In the old scriptures, the story holds good even till today, as it had a special significance due to a monumental incident that occurred.

Once Lord Indra was travelling through Earth in his plane (Indra Vahan) after visiting Sage Brushundi, who was a great practitioner of Indian meditation. Whilst passing through King Shursen’s kingdom, one of the subjects, who was a great sinner, eyed the plane and made Lord Indra land on the spot. Whilst on a routine tour, King Shursen espied Lord Indra and was surprised to see him in his kingdom. Welcoming him, King Shursen asked the reason for Lord Indra’s visit. Lord Indra told the king, “O Great King, you have a great sinner amongst your subjects. While passing through your kingdom that great sinner looked upon my plane and that made my plane stop. Therefore, my plane has malfunctioned and hence I cannot return back to Indra-Loka.”

Hearing this King Shursen was upset. Everyone in the kingdom was looking for a way to end Lord Indra’s difficulties. As nobody had any solution, Sage Brushundi was called upon to resolve the issue. Having realized the situation, Sage Brushundi said that only the most pious and pure at heart, who has prayed to Lord Ganesha on Chaturthi would be able to save Lord Indra from this mess. Sage Brushundi further detailed the Sankashti Vrat routine. “The Ganesh bhakt who meditates in an aromatic atmosphere with camphor and Kevda scent is one true worshipper. He should fast by eating sago khichdi (sabudana khichdi), potato, fruits, cucumber etc.  At the end of the day i.e. after the moon rises, the devotee who prays to Vighnaharta by chanting Ganesh Strotram, antharvashirsh mantra and arti song will find himself of great virtue.”

However, in the kingdom of King Shursen, there was no one who had worshipped in the manner as described by Sage Brushundi. While everyone was trying to find solution, Lord Indra noticed some Ganesh-Duta (messengers of Lord Ganesh) carrying an old lady back to Ganesh-Loka (the place where Lord Ganesha resides). Lord Indra asked the kind Dutas why they were taking the old lady to Ganesh Loka? The Duta replied, “Yesterday was chaturthi and this old lady has fasted and prayed to  Lord Ganesh. Lord Ganesha was impressed and has given her a wish “The Moksha” by which she had attained her place in Ganesh Loka.

After hearing this, Lord Indra humbly asked the old lady to share her virtue so that he could continue his journey back to Indra-Loka. However, the Ganesh Duta did not agree to this as they had strict orders to bring the old lady in Ganesh Loka. Meanwhile in Ganesh Loka, Lord Ganesha was keenly observing the happenings. Still concerned about his difficult situation, Lord Indra prayed to Lord Ganesha with atharvashirsh mantra but to no avail. Seeing this, finally, The Ganesh Duta and the old lady moved along through the place where Lord Indra’s plane had stopped; and to their surprise, with just the aura of the virtue of the old lady, the plane started again. Seeing the mystical power of Sankashti Punya, King Shursen declared Sankashti Chaturthi as the most virtuous fast of the month. Therefore, from that day on, people have started following Sankashti Chaturthi in the name of Lord Ganesha who eradicates all the obstacles forever. 

In the Hindu calendar, the fourth day of the month is termed as Chaturthi. Sankashti Chaturthi or Sankathara Chaturthi which is dedicated to Lord Vighnaharta is the auspicious day that falls on the fourth day of Krishna Paksha in every lunar month. Of these, the Chaturthi that falls on Tuesday is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is known as Angarika Chaturthi.

Brahmotsav 2018 The grand founding day of Mahalaxmi Mandir


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Enjoy an euphoria of blissful blessings and pure happiness

Pune is all set to welcome the king of all celebrations apart from Diwali. The stage is being set, the courtyard is being lit and the atmosphere is gleaming with pure energy and bliss. Along the busy traffic and heavy by-lanes of Swargate, The Heavenly Shree Mahalaxmi Mandir near Sarasbaug is getting ready for its annual festival-‘Brahmotsav’. The spick-and-span temple with its glistening white architecture, etching pillars and the presence of Almighty is looking all ready for its divine celebration.

The word ‘Brahmotsav’ means Utsav celebrated by Lord Brahma(The creator of the world). The festival is structured as a grand celebration that is so special such that it compels The Almighty Creator-Lord Brahma to come down on earth and pay a visit to this celebration. Usually, Brahmotsav is a festive celebration that lasts up to 9 days and is conducted annually. However, it does not have any specific muhurt or ritual and is flexible in its activities. As per our convenience, it can be celebrated for three days, six days or even nine days. The festival starts with Kalash Pujan and Garud Pujan. Mahalaxmi Mandir year by year on its founding day specifically organizes this grand celebration for three whole days. Mahasaraswati, the beloved daughter of Lord Brahma blesses everyone with impending knowledge, good intentions, philosophy and creativity. With devotion towards her and the holy visit of her father, devotees get good vibes, blessings and peace for an eternity.

Shree Mahalaxmi Mandir on this occasion of Brahmotsav will commence from 22nd January, 2018 with Garud Pujan, Kalash pujan and then lighting of the holy fire ‘The Yadnya or The Yag.’ This holy fire is lit in the main square of the temple where all the dexterous maharajas will recite powerful and holy mantras inviting all the gods and demigods to bless all the devotees. The devotees will also witness the grandest of activities of Brahmotsav 2018 which is ‘Palkhi’ and ‘Fulon Ki Holi’. As narrated earlier the celebration is blessed with the visit of Lord Brahma. Therefore, in the palkhi ritual, one palkhi is left vacant for there happens to be a virtual seating of Lord Brahma in it. Following this Palkhi, all the gods and goddesses idols are put in second Palkhi  and a procession is carried out encircling a walk-by around the temple. The celebration will end with all devotees playing ‘Fulon ki Holi’ wherein in everybody plays holi with scented natural flowers instead of colours and water.

With such bliss and happiness, like every year Shree Mahalaxmi Mandir will celebrate their annual founding day of 2018 in grand style and an euphoria of blessings.

Celebrating Makar Sankranti 2018

One of the most important and surprisingly never-changing day in the Hindu calendar of festivals is that of Makar Sankranti falling unerringly on the 14th and 15th of every Jaunuary. It is the day when the Sun reappears predominantly in the northern
hemisphere (Uttarayana) with all its glory and might, given the slight tilt to the Earth’s axis which sends it into the southern hemisphere (during the winters.

For India, a sun-blessed/ baked country, Makar Sankranti is an auspicious day given the relative gloom that precedes it. For us, the Sun symbolizes everything positive in strength, character, looks and attitudes and is said to drive away negativity, despondence and evil. The day coincides with harvest times and most of India celebrates it with gaiety while thanking the almighty for all the bounties around.

The Punjab also calls it Maghi, the day of martyrdom of 40 Sikhs for their last Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. The next day, “Lohri” symbolizes the arrival bountiful harvests and represents the harvest aspect of Makar Sankranti. Huge bonfires light up the night sky and sweets made of sesame seeds (til, tilli etc for Indians) are passed around while swaying to Bhangra.

The entire North India has to have a dip in the Ganges, Yamuna and other rivers while paying obeisance to the Sun God during uttarayana and Makar Sankranti Muhurat. Later in the day sweets are distributed and people fly kites as it is quite windy during these times.

Maharashtra celebrates the day with visits to near and dear ones over “Til-gul” and other sesame delights. The festival here can be summed up in one line: “Til-gul ghya, god, god bola”! Eat sweet & talk sweeter! And yes, fly kites given that winters are windy in these parts too.

The South celebrates this as Pongal in Tamil Nadu when the new harvest of rice is prepared in a traditional way with tamarind and turmeric. In Kerala, the Makar Sankranti Punyakaal has special significance for the devotees of Ayyappa Swami at Sabarimala who get to see the Makara Jyoti marking the end of the 40 days of “Anusthana” or penance observed by the devout.

The North-East celebrates it as Poush Sankranti for the month in which it falls. A harvest festival, people prepare sweets of rice, milk and plam jaggery, the last, a local delicacy. The Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi is propitiated and so too God Shiva.

Makar Sankranti is then is yearly-occurring geographic incidence which besides being geographically significant is also viewed as a harvest festival when people come out of their houses, pray to the sun and hope for another year of prosperity and bounties! Most thankfully do get it!


Shree Mahalakshmi Temple Sarasbaug Pune Dhanurmas Festival 2017-18

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For Hindus, the middle of December to the middle of January every year is a time when celestial positions change. It is a time for ostentations to be shunned including big-ticket purchases and sales. It is the time to be one with the Almighty. In the south of India, this period called the “Dhanurmasa” is meant to appease the God of Life, Lord Vishu. The month ends with the Lord’s marriage to Goddess Laxmi and coincides with Makar Sankranti i.e., the day the sun returns to the northern hemisphere.

The highlight of the marriage of the gods is that on the day of the marriage i.e, 11 January 2018, a grand procession with Lord Vishu’s idol takes place from the temple replete with people dancing, playing dandia and general merriment- almost like a real marriage. Goddess Laxmi is not part of this procession as she is in the temple getting ready for the marriage! With the procession winding back to the temple, it is time for the actual marriage celebrations. The goddess is said to have rejected the marriage offer 5 times owning to which “mala parivartan” takes place. Before that, devotees from the Lord’s side go the Goddess’s side with “Shrungar” i.e., items which signify an offer for marriage. With the marriage concluding, it is time for the “Prasad” which is a mix of both sweets and namkeen. The sweet offering is a “Kheer” which is thicker than our normal kheer with plenty of garnishing of dry fruits!

The next day, Makarsankranti, is equally auspicious! For Hindus, every year begins with a marriage of the Gods!

The  Shree Mahalaxhmi Temple, Sarasbaug, Pune celebrates this month with a full day of devotion.

The day-wise list of activities is mentioned below:

  • From 16 Dec 2017 to 14 Jan 2018:
  • 30 to 9.00 AM, bhajans (hymns) would be conducted which would conclude with the distribution of Prasad
  • From 16 Dec to 31 Dec 2017:
  • 00 to 7.00 AM “Prabhat Feri” (an early morning religious walk) would take place daily
  • On the 10th Jaunuary 2018:
  • 00 PM and 9.00 PM “Mehandi” (a cultural event preceding the day of marriage) would take place for the marriage to take place on the next day.
  • On the 11th Jaunuary 2018
  • 00 AM and 11.00 AM, the auspicious marriage of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishu takes place!

श्री महालक्ष्मी मंदिर दीपोत्सव २०१७


दीपोत्सव, दिवेचा उत्सव म्हणूनही ओळखला जातो, कार्तिक महिन्यामध्ये साजरा केला जातो (ऑक्टोबर ते नोव्हेंबर) दरवर्षी हा एक महिनाभर चाललेला सण आहे दमोदोरा-लीला, बाळ कृष्णाचा गोड उपशमन लोणी चोरण्यासाठी आणि परिणामी त्याच्या प्रिय माता यशोदा यांनी मोर्टार बांधला होता.

संस्कृतमध्ये “दाम” म्हणजे दोरी आणि “उडारा” म्हणजे पोट. दामोदर म्हणतात कृष्णा एक दोर बांधला होता त्याच्या आई यशोदा यांनीकार्तिक महिन्याच्या महिमाचे वर्णन करणे शक्य नाही. या महिन्यात भक्त कठोर शपथ घ्या (दामोदर वृता) आणि अर्पण करून भगवान दामोदर यांची पूजा करा तूप दिवा प्रत्येक दिवस. असे म्हटले जाते की महिन्याच्या पहिल्या महिन्यात भगवान हरिला दिवा अर्पण करून कार्तिकला अमर्याद समृद्धी, सौंदर्य आणि संपत्ती मिळते यात सर्व पाप केले आहेत हजारो आणि लाखो जन्मा नष्ट होतात; आणि अनंतकाळचे आध्यात्मिक जग प्राप्त होते जिथे दुःख नसते या महिन्यात दररोज मंदिरात हजारो दिवे सुशोभित केले जातात. यातील प्रकाश वेदीसमोर ठेवलेल्या शेकडो दिवे ओलांडून उज्ज्वल प्रकाशात पसरले आहेत भक्ताची भावना वाढवणारे मुख्य मंदिर कक्ष. जे भव्यता उत्सव प्रत्येकजण भक्ती च्या क्षेत्र  चालते आहेत. संध्याकाळी वेदी थोडक्यात बंद केली जाते आणि त्यावर एक घोषणापत्र चालू होते.

दीपेशोत्सव महोत्सव एकत्रित भाविकांना महत्त्वपूर्ण माहिती दिली जाते या उत्सवाचा. घोषणेनंतर, भक्तांनी गोड गोड बोलण्यास सुरुवात केली कीर्तन आणि वेदी उघडते. आदी शक्तीच्या तीन रूपांचे तेजस्वी दृश्य धूर तळाशी सगळीकडे मंत्रमुग्ध होतात. एक भव्य आरती भक्त म्हणून सुरू आहे आदी शक्तीचे तीन रूप गा. आरतीनंतर सर्व जमलेल्या भक्त आदी शक्तीला तूप लावण्याची संधी मिळवा. यावर्षी आम्ही नोव्हेंबर 03, 2017 रोजी दीपोत्सव साजरी करीत आहोत. या शुभ प्रसंगी तुम्ही खालील सेवा देऊ शकता आणि शोधून काढू शकता आदी शक्ती किंवा दैवी माता या तीनही स्वरांना आशीर्वाद. श्री महासरसवती शिक्षणाची देवी, श्रीमहालक्ष्मी, समृद्धी देवी आणि श्री महाकाली, देवी जी वेळ आणि मृत्युपासून मृतांना मुक्त करते.
दीपालंकार सेवा तूप व तेल यांमध्ये योगदान द्या जे शेकडो दिवे प्रकाशासाठी वापरतात वेदीजवळच्या सभोवती भांडे असतात.