About Mahalaxmi Mandir, SarasBaug, Pune
This temple represents the single spot where darshan can be obtained of all the three forms of Adi Shakti or the Divine Mother. Sri Mahasaraswati the Goddess of learning, Sri Mahalaxmi the Goddess of prosperity and Sri Mahakaali, the Goddess who liberates mortals from time and death. All the deities embody all the three gunas of tamas, rajas and sattva and are all present in this temple for the worship and adoration of devotees.
The shikhar of the Mahalaxmi temple is 55 feet tall, 24 feet wide and the length of the temple roof is 54 feet long. This has been carved in the Dravidian style of architecture. Its entrance is very elaborately carved, and the pillars and walls inside have also been carved with intricate patterns that considerably enhance its beauty. The circumambulation around the temple is done by devotees who can pay tribute to the saints whose images have been carved on the temple walls – Saint Dynaneshwar, Saint Tukaram, Saint Tulsidas, Saint Jalaram, Saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Saint Kabir Das, Saint Sur Das, Sri Ramdas Swami, Saint Guru Nanak, Saint Ramakrishna Paramhans, Saint Basaveshwar, Saint Mirabai – 12 such saints can be worshipped by the devotees.
The deities of Goddesses Sri Mahasaraswati, Sri Mahalaxmi and Sri Mahakali are six feet tall and have been carved out of pristine marble. Artisans that worked on the temple arrived from the Kala Kendra at Jaipur. Amongst them was renowned Hemraj Sompura of Sumerpurand. The entire creation was done under the expert guidance of these sculptors. The temple took 12 years to complete. On 15th February 1984, the deities of the three Goddesses were consecrated and declared open for public worship at the hands of Teertha Swaroop Swami Shri Ghanshyamji Acharya.