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Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple and Ayadi Sutra

Ayadi Sutra and Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple

With my head in the feet of Maharishi Mayaan, Hon’able Guru Dr. Ganapati Sthapati and all the ancient architects and sculptors who created Mahalakshimi temple Kolhapur.

This is one of the ancient temples in western Maharashtra. It was from long we were thinking about to take the measurements of Garbhagraha and see that which angula and hasta is used in this construction.  With the help of one of  my friend Shri. S. Kumar Sir, we got the permission to take the measurements of Garbhagraha of this Temple.


We are very much thankful to him and his brother Shri Gajaanan Munishwar Guru for giving permission to study the temple premises.

I Rahul Sarode From Parbhani 

Shri Mallesh Gangaiwar from Hyderabad and 

Shri Prakash Kabade from Igatpuri

Has Completed this work and study this ancient knowledge.

Most of historical information is available on the internet and some books also available today, but the technical information about the hasta and angula used in the Mahalakshimi temple is not available anywhere and that we are writing here.

Early morning we have started our work, to avoid public rush onwards in the later time.

After taking blessing of Goddess Mahalakshimi we started taking the measurements.

This temple Garbhagraha has three Kosh; Today the Main Garbhagraha where the Deity is installed is very small which 1:1.25 in ratio proportion is. The width is 46 angula and length is 57.5 angula. (Dhanurmusti angula is used for this Garbhagraha).

The perimeter of the Garbhagraha is 207 angula. It is said by the temple authority that the main temple was of wooden and it was burnt in 6- 7 A. D.

The main Deity (Mahalakshimi) is of One Kishku Hasta in height.Kolhapur-Sri-Mahalaxmi-Temple

This is the standard measurement unit used by Maharishi Mayaan of south India. We think the original temple which was of wooden in remote

past days must be created by using kishku hasta, but after its renovation, the hasta must have been changed.

Taking Pics of this Garbhagraha were not allowed by authority.

The second Garbhagraha and the third kosh of the Garbhagraha is created by keeping the modular space for walking around the main Garbhagraha.

Wall to wall Measurement of Second Garbhagraha of this Mahalakshimi temple width is 111.66 angula (dhanurmusti) and length is 152.41 angula.

The width of the Garbhagraha door is 48.95 kishku angula.

Mahalaxmi Temple MandapamIntermediate space for walking is provided around the main Garbhagraha. The rectangular extended Sabha Mandapa’s inner height is 6 module  i.e. 140.95  kishku angula.

The height of Sabha Mandapam where the Abhishek vidhi is done is 3 module i.e. 73.12 Prajapitam angula.

The large stage (Square) on the extreme west of the Sabha Mandapam (otta) is 667 dhanurmusti angula in perimeter. There is a small stage which is 179 dhanurmusti angula in perimeter.

From this study it is proved that use of Dhanurmusti hasta is used in Reconstruction of this temple which is mostly used in south India. The Architect who has designed this plan may have the knowledge of Manushyalaya Chandrika or maybe he must be Acharya Nilkanthan Musat himself the author of Manushyalaya Chandrika or his some of the disciple.

The orientation of the temple is west facing by deflection of 18 degree toward South-west from the true west. The architect has very intelligently kept the height of basement and roof in such a way that the sunlight may fall directly on the Deity. This phenomenon is famous a “Mahalaxmi Kirnostav”

Ayadi Sutra, Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple

If we observe carefully, the orientation of Meenakshi temple Madurai is also 18 degree toward North-east direction, which is exact opposite of the Mahalakshimi Temple Kolhapur.

This is most important technical similarity of both the temples.

The measurement units in both the temple are also one and the same. From this we can conclude that the architect of both the original temples is must be one and the same person.

As Per Vaastushastra, Ayadi sutra is only responsible for creating positive energy which is emanated from the Garbhagraha of the temple.

This energy when communion or Resonates with the person stands in-front of the Garbhagraha, He obviously feels the bliss and peace with prosperity.

This is secret of Ayadi sutra in Vaastu shastra.


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