Mahalaxmi Temple Sarasbaug is one of the major tourist attractions in Pune. Located just opposite to the legendary Sarasbaug Mandir and at a walking distance from the Parvati Hill, this temple is centrally located and close to one of the most important destinations in the city, Swargate. The mandir is dedicated to Goddess Mahalaxmi, Maha Kali & Maha Saraswati and was founded in the year 1972 by Late Shri Bansilal Ramnath Agarwal.
The magnificently crafted temple ensures that it captivates attention of everyone who passes by. The temple possesses 3 magnificent peaks which are masterfully carved with minute carvings and sculptures of several Hindu gods and are perfectly enthroned on the three deities present in the temple. Moreover, the entire temple has been developed using white marble that further adds an additional grandeur to this majestic architectural specimen.
Divided into two parts, the sabha mandapa and the inner sanctum, the temple follows the age old Hindu architectural form. The inner sanctum is further divided into three parts and holds the following three Goddesses:
Goddess Saraswati: Often symbolized as the deity of knowledge, Goddess Saraswati is believed to be the only vedic deity which is still in worship in the country. Cladded in her traditional white attire, a veena and mounted on her beloved peacock, the left sanctum is dedicated to this goddess.
Goddess Mahalaxmi: The central sanctum holds the presiding deity Goddess Mahalaxmi who is often symbolized as wealth and power. The idol is simply captivating and takes the devotee to the spiritual world of bliss and solace.
Goddess Kali: Often symbolized as the slayer of demons, Goddess Kali is in here traditional appearance as coal-black and holding numerous weapons in her hand.
Strategically placed close to Swargate, one of the key locations in the city, the Mahalaxmi Temple is easily accessible from almost all parts of the city. The temple maintains close proximity with:
- Sarusbaug Ganpati Mandir: 0.5 km
- Parvati Hill Temple: 1 km
- Dagdushet Halwai Temple: 4 km
- Shivajinagar: 6 km
- Pune Station: 7 km
Located in the heart of the city, the Mahalaxmi mandir can be easily reached using all modes of transport. Frequent buses heading to Swargate are available from almost all parts of the city.
The best time to visit Mahalaxmi Mandir is during the Navratri festival. During Navratri, the entire temple and nearby areas are endowed using lights and other decorations. Several programs are conducted during these days when a huge number of devotees visit the temple. The temple is also mostly visited by people coming to Sarasbaug and Parvati. Believed to be one of the renowned tourist attractions in Pune, the temple is a perfect destination for devotees.