Mahalakshmi Mandir is located in Bhattiyani Chohatta which is in Udaypur and it was named after Bhati Rani who developed this area. Udaypur is a major city, Municipal Corporation and the administrative headquarters of the Udaypur district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar in the former Rajput Agency. Udaypur is a very popular tourist destination.
About the temple
The temple of the highly revered Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity is an excellent example of architectural and sculptural art of middle period Mewar.
This west-facing temple, situated about 2 km away from the Udaypur bus stand, has regular bus services operating in and out of it. Beautiful Rajasthani frescoes decorate the inside and the ceiling of the temple. In the space in front of the ‘sabha mandapa’ on either side is an idol of an elephant holding a lotus and water filled ‘kalash’ (pot) in its trunk and they seem to doing Mahalakshmi’s ‘abhishek’ (anointment).
The beautiful idol of Mahalakshmi is always dressed attractively and only her face is visible. Attired in red, green, yellow or golden coloured sari the goddess wears a golden crown and anklet. Her beautiful looks are described in a ‘shloka’ inscribed on a stone slab here.
History of the Temple
It is believed that the Mahalakshmi temple was built by Maharana Shambhu Singh. Maharana Shambhu Singh fought a battle and from there he brought three idols of Mahalakshmi, Sundar Vinayaga and Rishabdev. The idol of Rishabdev was given to the Jains and that of Ganesha was installed in Hotel Vinayak for worship by the Maharana himself.
This west-facing temple is situated about 2 km away from the Udaipur bus stand and has regular bus services operating in and out of it. A flight of stairs leads to the entrance of the temple where there are elephant sculptures on either side.
The temple's shikhar has an amalaka and beautiful Rajasthani frescoes decorate the inside and the ceiling of the temple.
Mahalakshmi’s birthday is celebrated with great enthusiasm on the eighth day of Shraddha Paksh. Panchamrita Abhishek is done in the morning. The idol is decorated.
During the day a big havan (fire sacrifice) is performed. The aarthi (puja) at midnight draws huge crowd of devotees. On Friday also a day devoted to Laxmi a large number of people visit the temple.
On Diwali, the whole area is elaborately decorated. There is eye-catching illumination of various designs and in different hues. People come in such large numbers that there are long queues. On Diwali day, the temple opens at 5.30 am. Mangla ‘aarthi’ is performed at 9.30 am and the evening ‘aarthi’ at 7.30 pm. Maha ‘aarthi’ takes place at midnight.
Mahalakshmi, the giver of wealth and prosperity, is deeply revered by some people in Udaypur, that they visit her every Friday and Sunday.
Maharana Pratap or Dabok Airport is located at a distance of 22 km from the city of Udaypur.
Udaypur lies on a vast network of rail that connects it to major cities in India such as Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata, Indore, Mumbai and Kota.
There is a very well-established bus service network to Udaypur, linking it to several cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Kota and Ahmadabad, among others.
Udaypur, Udaypur District,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Removal of debt
- Good health
- Family welfare
- Attainment of noble positions
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.
Morning 6:00 am to Evening 9:00 pm