What is Karveerapur (Kollapur Mahalakshmi temple) significance
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About Karaveerapura (This Karaveerapura is today’s Kolhapura in Maharashtra)
Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi temple is located around 58 kms from Miraj town, Sangli district, Maharashtra, India. In Skanda Purana this place is referred as Karaveerapura / करवीरपुर / ಕರವೀರಪುರ / karavīrapura.
Legend says, Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi came and stayed here at this place because of the anger caused by Brighu Maharshi when he hits Bhagavan Sri Vishnu’s chest.
Inside this same chest, the most divine chest of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu, his loving consort Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi is staying and thus Bhagavan Sri Vishnu is known as ‘श्रीवत्स / ಶ್ರೀವತ್ಸ / śrīvatsa / Srivasta’. Here Srivasta = Sri + Vasta = Maha Lakshmi Devi + Divine mole.
The statue of the Goddess Mahalakshmi is made of gemstone and is considered to be at least 5000 to 6000 years old. It weighs about 40 kilos.
During Deva-Daanava yuddha (Fight between Gods and Demons), few asuras (demons) fearing about Devatas, ran away in all directions.
Amongst them one asura who was called as ‘Kolla’, reached Gomantaka parvata (hill) and was giving problems and causing nuisance to the people and especially to young ladies.
Also, this Kolla was kidnapping the young ladies.
As the problems and nuisance created by this asura and his group mates was upto the intolerant heights, this made Maharshi Agastya and Maharshi Gautama to approach Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu and they asked Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu to kill that asura.
Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu ordered Sri Maha Laskhmi Devi to go to Karaveerapura and there Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi killed that asura Kolla and stayed back in that place itself.
(Here we should note that, this is only Rama-Narayana’s leela or kridaa vyaapara and it is pranaya kalaha for the loka mohanaarta.)
मायावी परमानंदं त्यक्त्वा वैकुंतमुत्तमं ।
स्वामिपुष्करिणी तीरे रमया सहमोदते ।
ಮಾಯಾವೀ ಪರಮಾನಂದಂ ತ್ಯಕ್ತ್ವಾ ವೈಕುಂತಮುತ್ತಮಂ |
ಸ್ವಾಮಿಪುಷ್ಕರಿಣೀ ತೀರೇ ರಮಯಾ ಸಹಮೋದತೇ |
māyāvī paramānandaṁ tyaktvā vaikuntamuttamaṁ |
svāmipuṣkariṇī tīrē ramayā sahamōdatē |
Thus, in this way, Bhagavan Sri Maha Vishnu reached bhuloka, pretending to search for Sri Maha Lakshmi Devi and came Narayanadri parvata / hill near Swami Pushkarini (today’s Tirupati / Tirumalai).
In Narayanadri, Sri Adi Shesha Naaga is in the parvata roopa (in the form of hill).
Venkatadri is Sri Adi Shesha Naaga head, Ahobala parvata is the centre of Sri Adi Shesha Naaga’s body, Srishaila parvata is Sri Adi Shesha Naaga’s tail, the entire Sheshachala (today’s Tirupati / Tirumalai) is in the form of sarpaakruti (shape of a serpent).
This Parvata / hill has all plants, trees, fruits, etc, all animals like lion, tiger, Hamsa, sharaba, pig, gaja / elephant, parrot, kasturimruga, ashva / horse, Go / cows, all pushpas / flowers, etc.
All the trees are Devatas, all the animals are Munis and all birds are pitru devatas.
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