Mahalakshmeeshwar Temple, Varanasi
Goddess Parvaty wanted to know about various Shiv Lings and deities at several places in Kashi and Lord Shiva was pleased to narrate about such deities (Kashi Khand, Chapter 97).
In the process, the Lord mentions one Mahalakshmeeshwar Ling in the vicinity of Lakshmi Kund.
A devotee who bathes in Lakshmi Kund and worships Mahalakshmeeshwar and Mahalakshmi Devi will attain a position where he will be flanked by Deva Strees (celestial damsels), waving Chanvar (Chamaram – Fly whisk). In other words, he will enjoy his life in heaven.
Kashi Khand also states that devatas living in heaven, alongwith their wives, come to earth and worship Mahalakshmeeshwar.
Kashi Khand states that the entire locality is a Shakti Peeth (seat of vital energy). There are many powerful Devis in the area and of all the Shakti Peeths in Kashi, Mahalakshmi Shakti Peeth is the most powerful.
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
Mahalakshmeeshwar is located at D.52/54, just above Lakshmi Kund, opposite a hand pump. This temple and the locality (Lakshmi Kund) are quite famous and people can approach this place through Luxa by rickshaw. Mahalakshmeeshwar is famous by the name of Sorahia Mahadev.