The Ashtalakshmi Temple is a renowned Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddesses Ashtalakshmi located at Hyderabad, India. This magnificent temple is situated on the outskirts of the Hyderabad city, which is also one of the important metropolitan cities in India. Hyderabad is known for many Islamic styled architectural monuments. Amidst these monuments, this temple stands unique with a touch of south Indian style of architecture.
According to Hinduism, Goddess Lakshmi is considered the Goddess of wealth. This deity finds a special place in the hearts of millions, as she is believed to bring prosperity and happiness. There are not many temples in India having Goddess Lakshmi in all her eight splendorous forms. This is one such rare temples with all forms of Lakshmi Devi.
About The Temple
The Ashta Lakshmi temple was built under the auspices of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, and was consecrated in the year 1996. This famous shrine is situated between Dilsukh Nagar and LB Nagar, in Vasavi Colony near Kothapet (NH 9).
The design and architecture of this Ashtalakshmi temple was modelled based on the one at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. However, several modifications to the design and structure were made during the construction. This temple is a quintessential for collective endeavours of people from all spheres, who donated liberally for its construction. It almost took five years and a total expenditure of about Rs10 million for constructing this magnificent temple.
The well-known architect, Padmashri S.M. Ganapati Sthapathi, and M. Mathiyalagan Sthapathi conceived the structure and design. About 134 vigrahams (idols) of lesser-known gods adorn the mahagopuram ( main tower).
This temple is predominantly built using sand and cement, but also highlights the dexterity of artists whose works in this temple are highly commendable. The idols of Ashta Lakshmi (eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi) namely Adilakshmi, Aishwaryalakshmi, Santanalakshmi, Dhanalakshmi, Dhanyalakshmi, Gajalakshmi, Vijayalakshmi and Varalakshmi. All the eight Lakshmis have different postures. Their vigrahas are decorated with many necklaces made of gold and precious stones. The Rajagopuram of this temple is intricately carved with beautiful designs that catches the eyes of the visitors.
There have been future proposals for the construction a two-storeyed Kalyana Mandapam (Marriage hall) near to the temple at a cost of Rs 15 million and an Archaka nilayam which serves as the residential quarters for the temple priests.
The temple is beautifully illuminated with an array of lights during the night. When viewed from a certain distance, the temple appears as if it is made out of marble. On nearing the temple entrance, one can feel the divinity of this place, which is filled with the pleasant fragrances of the incense.
Durga Navratri is the most celebrated festival in this temple.
How To Reach Ashtalakshmi Temple
The nearest bus stop is Dilsukhnagar.
The closest railhead is Secunderabad railway station.
The nearest Airport is the Rajiv Gandhi International airport at Hyderabad.
No. 52-55, Vasavi Colony,
Hyderabad, Telangana - 500035.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To get success in education
- To prosper in life
- To acquire courage and strength
Adhilakshmi Namasthesthu Parabrahma Swaroopine Yeshodhehi Dhanamdehi Sarvakamamcha Dehimey Mangaley Mangaladhare Mangalya Manggalapradhey Mangalartham Mangalesi Mangalyam Dehime Sadaaaa
Meaning -Goddess Adilakshmi, the supreme Brahman, we offer our salutations to you and ask you to grant us wealth and prosperity. Fulfill our wishes O auspicious Goddess for you are auspiciousness personified and you grant auspiciousness. Grant us eternal happiness and prosperity.
Namasthesthu Mahamaye Sri Petesura Poojithey Sanguchakra Gatha Hasthey Mahalakshmi Namosthuthey Namasthey Garudaroodey Kolasurea Bayankari Sarva Papa Hare Devi Mahalakshmi Namosthutehy
Meaning -Oh all powerful Mahalakshmi, the seat of wealth and who devas worship, salutations to you, for you are one who has a conch, a disc and a mace in your hands.
Namastulasi Kalyaani Namo Vishhnupriye Shubhe Namo Moksha Pradey Devii Namah Sampatpradaayinee
Meaning -I bend down to Tulasi, who is so dear to Lord Vishnu and who bestows good luck on devotees, who helps one attain salvation and who bestows wealth on all devotees.
Samudra Vasaney Devi Parvathasthana Madale ; Vishnupatnii Namasthubhyam Paadha Sparsham Kshamashamey
Meaning -Oh Mother Earth, I beg your forgiveness for placing my feet on you, the one who wears oceans, forests and mountains and Lord Vishnu's wife, I bow to you.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.