Welcome : Welcome to Mahalaxmi Dharmashala, where we believe in "Serving people is worship of god". Thousands of people visit Kolhapur every day to visit Mahalaxmi (Ambabai) Temple & pay homage to the goddess Mahalaxmi (Ambabai) for a peaceful, healthy & wealthy life. Today in modern era, you will get numerous facilities to stay in & around Mahalaxmi (Ambabai) temple. But previously it was not so. 55 years ago because of lack of infrastructure & no availability of any place to stay near Mahalaxmi (Ambabai) temple, it was inconvenient to come to Kolhapur to visit Mahalaxmi (Ambabai) Temple.
On 5 th May 1954, some friends got together to form “Shri Mahalaxmi Bhakt Mandal”. Initially for the first 2 years the scope of Bhakt Mandal was limited to the distribution of Mahaprasad on Ashwin Pournima. But after that, all of the founders members along with their friends & well wishers decided to start a Dharmashala near Mahalaxmi (Ambabai) temple. It was confirmed on 26 September 1956. The tradition of serving people was initialized.