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Mahalakshmi Temple


Located at 70 - Diamond Harbour Road (near St. Thomas School, Kidderpore), Calcutta and covering an area of 25,000 sq. ft., the sacred temple of Sri Mahalaxmi rising to an imposing height of 75 feet, the looks like an oasis of calm and serenity in a busy locality.  The temple and is modeled on ancient North Indian temple architecture.

Built in a record time of 20 months, the temple's overall architectural design is by the city's renowned architect M/s. Sanon and Sen, and elaborately detailed by one of India's best known temple architects, Subhash Govind Bhoite, who has to his credit the designing of more than 125 temples in India and abroad.

The grand temple of Goddess Mahalaxmi on Diamond Harbour Road has been designed in accordance with Vaastu Shastra and is in harmony with the traditional Indian temple architecture.

The East facing structure (Purab Mukhi) will be graced by the morning sun rays as a metaphor denoting the offerings made by Sun God to Goddess Mahalaxmi at the beginning of each day.  The temple project has been overseen by the renowned Vaastu consultant, Mr. Parthasarathi from Bangalore.

While the main deity at the new temple is Mahalaxmi, she has by her side Ganesha and Hanuman.  

Ganesha (Mangal Murti) is worshipped at the beginning of all poojas, while Hanuman stands as a symbol of devotion (Bhakti) and strength to guard the holy shrine.

The planning of the grand temple follows the Sanayam Posture and is analogous to the Human Body.


Mahadwar (Main Gate - Feet)

Devotees enter the Temple through a symbolic feel, a gesture to respect the presiding deity.  The compound wall is lined with pointed trishuls to ward off the evil eye.


Mandapa
(Entrance Porch)





The grand-sized entrance porch accommodates visitors inside the temple.

 

Sabha Mandapa (Prayer Hall) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This large-sized space is designed to enliven the spirit.  It can accommodate a large audience for Pujas and festivals. 

The ornate columns with arches and elephant-shaped brackets hold up the structure.  

The flooring is decorated with semi-precious stone work with Jaisalmer stone by highly skilled artisans from Agra.

Lift arrangement has been made for the aged devotees within the temple.

 


Antarala
(place for Ganeshji and Hanumanji)  

This transitory space has embellished the presence of Ganeshji and Hanumanji, who are placed on lotus-shaped white marble platform.

 

Garbhagriha (Sanctum)

The heavily decorated side walls of the Garbhagriha are clad in white marble while the front walls are adorned with silver (by Parth Silverware).  In the centre of the Garbhagriha stands the beautifully carved statue of Sri Mahalaxmi is pure white marble.  

She stands on a delicately carved lotus flower blessing the onlooker with wealth and prosperity.  The statue has been carved in Jaipur in pure white Makrana Pahadkuwa marble.

 

Yaggyashala

 

The decorative and colourful ceiling adds beauty to the interior space. One can arrange offerings to Agni Devta at the yaggyashala.

 

The high-tech soft lighting system is designed and done by Philips India.  The illumination is only one of its kind in Kolkata using the latest energy-efficient lamps. Two 100 ft high masts sprinkle the light.


     Auditorium

 

  • Around 10,000 sq.ft in area

  • Can accommodate approximately 700 people

  • Sitting arrangement is flexible 

  • Centrally air-conditioned, done by Blue Star

  • Sound system by Bose Corporation, USA

  • Fire-proof with adequate fire-alarm installed

  • Excellent lighting, designed and done by Phillips India keeping in mind that each corner should be well-lit like any other auditorium

  • Plenty of entry and exit points

  • Stage/dias facilities

Men behind the Temple

  • The basic structure of the temple is constructed in RCC and is further clad with Satna stone.
      

  • The Shikhara, built by Sri Sideni Shaw stands 75 feet tall and is entirely carved out of Satna stone.

  • Mahendra Singh Yadav, Ashok Pandey & Panna Stone Suppliers (Agent: Shri Narayani Marbles) provided the Satna Stone (sandstone), which was used for the entire Temple.  

  • The construction was done by M/s. Shapoorji Paloonji.

  • Inlay works inside the Sabhamandap by Haji Zaid of Agra and workers were staying at the site for 6 months at a stretch

  • Abu white marble used for the staircase, floor and walls was provided by Trivedi Corp Private Limited, Ahmedabad

  • Jaisalmer stone (yellow in colour) used in the Deck area was provided by Subhlakshmi Diamonds (from Kishangarh, Rajasthan).

  • Elephants and pillars were built by Nandlal Shah

  • Pink marble was provided by Fateh Singh Jain & Kamal Malpani of Makrana

  • Plaster of Paris (POP) work was done by S & P Ceiling, Calcutta.

  • Idols from Moorti Bhandar, Jaipur

  • Laying of marble was done by B. Ahmed

  • Doors constructed by Continental Concept, Calcutta

  • Lighting/wiring done by Classic & Hazra Electric

  • Sanitary plumbing by P.N Samal

  • Pathway tiles supplied by Televisco Eastern India Limited

  • Iron gates/grills by French Engineering Works Limited

  • Puja sweets available at Nakur Chandra Nandy, the oldest sweet shop in the Temple premises

  • Lift by UT Limited


Temple Hours

  • The Temple is open to devotees from 5 am to 11.30 am and again from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm  

  • Prayer services are scheduled to start with Mangala Aarti at 5.00 am, followed by Aarti at 7.00 am and Bhog at 11.00 am

  • The Evening Aarti is at 7.00 pm and Sayan Aarti at 9.00 pm

  • Special puja offerings (archana and abhisekham) for the public are on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5.45 am to 6.45 am


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Last modified: Friday November 10, 2006