God Vishnu is the preserver of the Trinity. Lord Vishnu has four hands and all hand full with different type of arms. His first hand holds a conch shell (sankha). This hand indicate that spread of the divine sound “Om”, Second hand holds a discus (charka), its indicate the and give the reminder of wheel of time. It says to lead a good life within the limited time. Third one holds lotus (Padma) which indicate glorious existence and the fourth hands a mace (gada) indicating the power and the punishing capacity of the lord if discipline in the life ignored.
God Vishnu is the husband of goddss laxmi. Laxmi is the goddess of wealth.
Shree Saptshrungi Gad is situated at a distance of 60 km from Nashik. It is one of the most visited and religious places for pilgrims. As the temple is situated on a mountain, a regular bus service is provided from the foot of the mountain to the temple.
Saptashringa Garh is a place where Goddess Bhagawati dwells. It is one of the most important of the places of Goddesses in Maharashtra. Saptashringa signifies seven mountain peaks. Nanduri village is situated at the foot of the Saptashringa Gad. In front of the temple there stands Markandeya Rishi's (sage) hill. The Saptashringa Gad is full of a variety of trees having medicinal worth. As per the story depicted in Ramayana, Hanuman carried the herbal medicine for wounded Laxmana from this hill. There are about 108 water reservoirs on the hill, known as Kundas.
The Mahalaxmi temple, an ancient temple in kolhapur, is dedicated to the Goddess of prosperity and peace. Shri Mahalaxmi locally known as Goddess Ambabai .
The temple was constructed during the region of king karandev of chalukya dynasty in 7th Century AD. Construction and development of this temple continued during kingdoms Chalukya for next two centuries. Temple has faced major earth quake during the period of 8 - 9th century, then afterwards reconstruction work has been done by kingdom of Rashtrakut. In 12th century kolhapur is a capital city of king Shilahar . The maximum construction of this temple is been built by king Shilahar during 12th century.
Goddess Mahalakshmi is truly a goddess of protection which can be evident from this history behind the Kolhapur Mahalakshmi temple. Kolhasur, a demon was giving troubles to the people and later killed by Mahalakshmi to save the people. The demon Kolhasur has a last wish that thename of the place benamed after him.
Kolhapur is mentioned in Devi Gita, of the Srimad Devi Bhagawatam, as a great shakti peetha , Place of worship for goddess Shakti.
Temple is the world-famous holy place for Hindus. This temple is devoted to Maa Shakti, situated in the mounts of Jammu & Kashmir. Vaishno Devi Mata is also recognized as Mata Rani & Vaishnavi. Vaishno Mata is the Mother Goddess of Hindus.
History Of Vaishnavi Mata -
According to a Hindu epic, Maa Vaishno Devi was born in the south of India in the home of Ratnakar Sagar. Her worldly parents had remained childless for a long time. Ratnakar had promised, the night before the birth of the Divine child, that he would not interfere with whatever his child desired. Ma Vaishno Devi was called Trikuta as a child. Later She was called Vaishnavi because of Her taking birth from Lord Vishnu's lineage. When Trikuta was 9 years old, She sought her father's permission for doing penance on the seashore. Trikuta prayed to Lord Vishnu in the form of Rama. During Shree Rama's search for Sita, He reached the seashore along with His army. His eyes fell on this Divine Girl in deep meditation. Trikuta told Shree Rama that She had accepted Him as Her husband. Shree Rama told Her that during this Incarnation He had vowed to be faithful to only Sita. However pleased with her devotion , Lord Rama gave her name vaishnavi (devotee of lord rama (Maha Vishnu)and assured Her that in Kaliyuga He would manifest as Kalki and would marry Her.In the meantime Shree Rama asked Trikuta to meditate in the cave found in the Trikuta Range of Manik Mountains, situated in Northern India.Lord Ram gave her a bow and arrows, army of monkeys and a lion for her protection, Ma decided to observe the 'Navratra' for the Victory of Shree Rama against Ravana. Hence one reads the Ramayana during the 9 days of Navratra, in remembrance of the above connection. Shree Rama promised that the whole world would sing Ma Vaishno Devi's praise. Lord Rama also said Trikuta was to become famous as Vaishno Devi and would become immortal forever.The abode of Maa Vaishno devi is attaining huge pilgrimage attraction due to Lord Rama's blessings to the goddess.
Places to visit near Vaishno Devi Temple:
Banganga: This is the holy river known as Ganga. The chilled water of the river comes across the big hills allows pilgrims to take bath and move further.