About Maha Lakshmi Temple
Goravanahalli is famous for Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi temple. Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi temple is dedicated to goddess Mahalakshmi. It is believed that the idol of Shri Mahalakshmi is self- originated. Goddess Mahalakshmi is known as goddess of wealth and prosperity.
The history of this temple is that, Abbayya, a poor man, was blessed with the idol of Goddess Mahalakshmi. After worshipping Goddess Mahalakshmi at home, Abbayya became rich. He started doing charity works and his home was called “Lakshmi Nivasa.”
Later, Abbayya’s brother Thodappa joined Abbayya in his charity work. After the death of Abbayya, Thodappa was performing poojas to the Goddess. He was asked by Goddess Lakshmi in his dreams to build a shrine for her. Hence, Thodappa built a temple for Goddess Lakshmi. After Thodappa, Chowdayya started performing poojas but from the year 1910, the temple fell into a neglected state.
In the year 1925, Kamalamma, a devotee, on arriving at Goravanahalli, saw the neglected state of the temple. She started performing the poojas for the Goddess. Then again after a year, the temple got into a neglected state, when she left the place. In 1952, Kamalamma was back in Goravanahalli and settled there. After this, regular poojas were performed by Kamalamma. People wait in queue for the darshan of Shri Mahalakshmi. In due time, temple attained fame by word of mouth. Tuesdays and Fridays are considered as very auspicious days in this temple and lot of people visit the temple in these days of the week. Lakshadeepotsava is one of the revered religious programmes during the month called Karthika maasa.
Apart from Mahalakshmi, there are also shrines of Goddess Marikamba and Manchala Nagappa, the snake god in Goravanahalli. Goravanahalli temple is all surrounded by greenery and Theetha reservoir is nearby. People after visiting the temple, go for walk around Theetha reservoir. Theetha reservoir is built for Suvarnamukhi river and it is also one of the attractions of the place. Special poojas are performed on Fridays.
Mahalakshmi Homa, Kumkumarchane, Shashvatha Pooja,Chandi Homa, Panchamruta Abhisheka Seva, Tulabhara Seva, Namakarana Seva, Akshara Abhyasa Seva are the special poojas performed in this temple.
Theetha or Thitha Dam
Just near the Mahalakshmi Temple lies the Theetha reservoir. The reservoir is built on the Suvarnamukhi river.