Karnataka is famous for its rich temple culture. Like most districts of this south Indian state the district of Tumkur also has lots of temples dedicated to various gods and goddesses. One of the famous temples of Tumkur district is the Mahalakshmi temple. It is a huge draw for devotees who flock to visit it every day.
Mahalakshmi Temple – Overview
The temple was inaugurated in the year 2003 and is situated in the panchayat town of Gubbi in Tumkur. The temple that attracts visitors from far and near is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth and prosperity and the wife of Lord Vishnu.
Devotees hold this temple in high esteem. There is a rush of pilgrims to visit the temple throughout the year.
The serenity of the temple premises and the surrounding area makes it more appealing for the pilgrims. The area surrounding the Mahalakshmi temple is known as Mahalakshmi nagara.
Apart from the general public, the temple remains witness to a large number of famous politicians and businessmen who regularly visit the place to seek the blessings of the goddess.
Mahalakshmi Temple – Traditions
The temple follows several traditions with eagerness. Every Tuesday and Friday poojas are performed at the temple in an elaborate manner as these two days are considered to be auspicious for the worship of Goddess Mahalakshmi.
A lot of people gather in the temple on these two days to witness the poojas. Even pilgrims make it a point to pay a visit the temple on these two days of the week. The temple has the tradition of offering free lunch to the devotees every day.
Mahalakshmi Temple – Architecture
The Mahalakshmi temple has a distinct architecture that speaks about the craftsmanship of the workers who built the temple. The structure of the temple has three deities residing at the head of the temple.
As soon as one enters the temple premises, the beautifully carved statues of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati sitting at the top of the temple structure attract the vision.
There are other figurines residing on top of the temple that provide it with a vibrant look. The temple has a large courtyard and the modern architecture of the temple lends it a simple but eye-catching look.
The reigning deity of the temple, Goddess Mahalakshmi is seated on a golden throne and a small statue of the goddess sits beside the large statue. Intricate carvings decorate the throne. The temple walls have soothing colors that give the whole atmosphere a calm look.
Mahalakshmi Temple – Location
The temple is located about 20 km from Tumkur and is well connected with the National highway (NH-206). It takes just a 15 min drive from Tumkur to reach the temple. Mahalakshmi temple can be easily reached from Bangalore, which is just 90 km from Gubbi.
How to Reach Mahalakshmi Temple
Mahalakshmi temple is well connected to the major cities of Karnataka by road and rail transport. KSRTC buses (NH-206) and private buses ferry passengers from Bangalore to Gubbi.
There are trains that run from Bangalore and Tumkur to Gubbi at regular intervals. The place can also be reached by private vehicles and taxis.
The nearest airport to Gubbi is the Bengaluru International Airport.
Other Places of Interest Surrounding the Mahalakshmi Temple
Tourists visiting the Mahalakshmi temple can also visit some other famous temples situated in and around the town. A few of the well-known temples of Gubbi are:
- Gadde Rameshwara temple
- Channabasaveshwara temple
- Janardana temple
- Vailappa or Chilappa temple
- Byatarayaswamy temple
- Anjenayaswamy temple
The beauty and sanctity of the Mahalakshmi temple makes it a must visit attraction for the tourists.
Gubbi, Tumkur District,
Karnataka – 572216
Phone: +91 94484 49208 / 99645 02344 / 94484 49209