Temple: Sri Mahalakshmi Temple
Sri Mahalakshmi Temple, situated in Goravanahalli, is the abode of Goddess Mahalakshmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Goravanahalli – Overview
Goravanahalli is one of the popular sanctums located in the Koratagere taluk of Tumkur district. The village houses the Goddess Mahalakshmi. This unique temple attracts many pilgrims throughout the year.
Tuesdays and Fridays are considered auspicious for pooja of Goddess Mahalakshmi; hence poojas on this day are elaborate and beautiful to witness. Pilgrims come from all over to get a glimpse of Goddess Mahalakshmi especially on Tuesdays and Fridays. Free lunch is provided everyday to devotees.
Goravanahalli – History
It is believed that Abbayya, a poor man, was blessed with the idol of Goddess Mahalakshmi. After worshipping Goddess Mahalakshmi at home, Abbayya became rich. He started doing charity work and his home was called “Lakshmi Nivasa.”
Later, Abbayya’s brother Thodappa joined Abbayya in his charity work. After the death of Abbayya, Thodappa was performing poojas to the Goddess. He was asked by Goddess Lakshmi in his dreams to build a shrine for her. Hence, Thodappa built a temple for Goddess Lakshmi. After Thodappa, Chowdayya started performing poojas; but from the year 1910, the temple fell into a neglected state.
In the year 1925, Kamalamma, a devotee, on arriving at Goravanahalli, saw the neglected state of the temple. She started performing the poojas for the Goddess. Then again after a year temple was in a neglected state, when she left the place. In 1952, Kamalamma was back in Goravanahalli and settled there. After this regular poojas were performed by Kamalamma. People wait in queue for the darshan of Sri Mahalakshmi.
How to Get to Goravanahalli
By Bus: Goravanahalli is situated about 80 km from Bangalore, 30 km from Tumkur, and 25 km from Koratagere.
Goravanahalli is well connected by roads; KSRTC Buses (from bus station) and Private Buses (from Kalasipalyam) ply daily to Goravanahalli from Bangalore. One should take turn towards Goravanahalli at Dabaspet on Bangalore – Tumkur road (highway). The temple can be visited throughout the year.
Nearest Rail: The nearest railway stations are Tumkur and Bangalore
Nearest Airport: Bangalore