The Divine Mother’s Glory
SHRI MAHALASA NARAYANI is the powerful Kuladevata (family deity) of many Hindus, especially in western and southern India.
‘Mahalasa’ is another name for the Supreme Lord Vishnu’s famous avatar (incarnation): Mohini, the Enchantress.
Temples dedicated to the worship of Shri Mahalasa are present in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and elsewhere.
The most well-known of Her temples is the one at Mardol in Goa, which is over 450 years old. Other temples, like the ones in Kumta and Basrur in Karnataka, are also said to be over 400 years old.
Yet, Shri Mahalasa Narayani has another ancient and historic temple dedicated to Her at Nevase in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra, where she is known as Shri Mohiniraj of the Amrut Manthan (the epic churning of the ocean) fame. It is believed that it is from Nevase that Shri Mahalasa Narayani came to Verna in Gomantak, i.e, present-day Goa. Before Nevase, there is a Mohini temple in Nepal, behind the famous Pashupatinath temple.
However, one temple that deserves special mention here is the scenic spiritual center at Harikhandige village in Udupi district of coastal Karnataka. Nestled amidst hills & forests, Shri Mahalasa Narayani Devi Kshetra campus is an ideal example of deep faith, devotion, dedication and sacrifice exhibited by Her devotees. Constructed just over decade ago, the Harikhandige temple, by far, is growing more and more popular with every passing day as stories of Her miracles here abound!
This portal also provides an opportunity to devotees, who are otherwise constrained by distance and time, to perform a Seva to Shri Mahalasa Narayani on a date and time of their choice and receive Her Prasad and, more importantly, Her infinite love and blessings! Please visit the Seva page for details.
This portal consisting of information from many of Her temples is a humble service to the almighty Beloved Kuladevata, and a contribution to millions of Her devotees (and others) by providing them information about Shri Mahalasa Narayani and Her infinite greatness; about many of the temples dedicated to Her, various alankaars (appearances), stotras and stuthis, videos of aaratis and palakhis, and so on.
Our popular Panchang section (at left) gives you the tithis & festivals of the day and week ahead and events at Her various temples (from which we receive regular information). The Panchang page gives you the entire month’s calendar of tithis and events.
This site, first created in 1998, continues to grow as we receive more and more information about Shri Mahalasa Narayani and Her infinite glories. Apart from this portal, separate websites have been created as subdomains for several temples. Click on the Temple link in the navigation bar above to explore Her various temples from the drop-down menu.
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