Ashtalakshmi Temple, Hyderabad, Telangana
|Date built:||22nd of April, 1996|
|Deity:||Goddess Lakshmi (Ashta Lakshmi)|
|Architectural style:||South Indian Style|
|Major festivals||Brahmotsavam, Durga Puja or Navaratri, Varalakshmi Vratam, Diwali.|
|Address:||Shri Ashtalakshmi Temple,Plot No. 52-55,Vasavi Colony,Dilsukhnagar,
Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Ashtalakshmi in Vasavi Colony, Hyderabad. The temple is close to Dilsukhnagar, Kothapet and L.B. Nagar areas in Hyderabad, the Capital city of Telangana.
Goddess Ashtalakshmi, also spelled as Ashta Lakshmi is a group of eight Lakshmis. Ashta represents “Eight” and Lakshmi represents “Goddess of wealth”. Goddess Lakshmi is the source of various types of wealth such as health, power, fame, knowledge, victory, children, strength, prosperity and many more.
It is one of the pleasant and peaceful temple worth visiting for all travelers in Hyderabad. There is no entrance fee charged at this famous temple.It is an enchanting experience for the devotees to see the Ashtalakshmi temple illuminated at night and feels like the temple is made of marble stone from a distance.
The design and architecture of the Ashtalakshmi temple was borrowed from the one at Chennai. However, several modifications were made while the construction was initiated. The Ashtalakshmi temple is a fine example of a collective endeavor. People from many quarters came forward to donate liberally. It took five years of non-stop work and a total expenditure of Rs 10 million for the magnificent Ashtalakshmi temple to take its present form.
The well-known architect, Padmashri S.M. Ganapati Sthapathi, and M. Mathiyalagan Sthapathi conceived the structure and design. About 134 vigrahams (idols) of lesser-known gods adorn the mahagopuram.
Although built of sand and cement, the Ashtalakshmi temple reveals the remarkable dexterity of the artists. Installed inside are idols of Adilakshmi, Aishwaryalakshmi, Santanalakshmi, Dhanalakshmi, Dhanyalakshmi, Gajalakshmi, Vijayalakshmi and Varalakshmi. Depicting these eight postures, the idols are adorned with gold and kasula Peru necklace and other necklaces. If one is all praise for the richly ornamented idols inside the temple, one is equally agog to see the intricately carved designs on the temple gopuram.
Proposals are in the offing to construct a two-storeyed Kalyana Mandapam at a cost of Rs 15 million and an Archaka nilayam residential quarters for the priests.
The nightly illumination of this enchanting temple is spectacular. Viewed from a distance, it looks like it’s made from marble. And on approaching the temple entrance, one is captivated by the tranquility of the surroundings and the all-pervading sweet fragrance of the incense.
Legend / Local stories
The temple was consecrated to the public in April 1996 with the guidance of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.It took around 5 years to construct this magnificent temple with a total expenditure of 20 million rupees approximately. Many sections of people came forward to donate for this temple.
Famous Sthapatis (temple architects and builders), Sattanatha Muthiah Ganapathi and M. Mathiyalagan created the structure and design of Ashtalakshmi Temple in Hyderabad based on Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple present in Chennai with few modifications. Subbaiah Sthapati has created the idols of Lord Srimannarayana, Lord Ganesha, Ashtalakshmi idols, Lord Garuda, the carrier of Lord Vishnu. There are new proposals of constructing Archaka Nilayam, multi storied parking lot to accomadate vehicles, Golden Dhoti to Lord Srimannarayana and Kalyana Mandapam in the temple premises.
How to Reach:
Ashtalakshmi Templeis present in Vasavi Colony and is very close to Kothapet on NH9.
The temple is well connected via road network. City buses, private taxies and auto rickshaws ply regularly in this route.
At a distance of around 9 km, Hyderabad Deccan railway station (HYB) is the nearest railway station to reach Ashtalakshmi temple. Also, Secunderabad Railway Station (SC) is at a distance of roughly 9 km from the temple.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport present in Shamshabad is the nearest airport to reach the temple at a adistance of roughly 28 kms.