Today, the temple stands without a central image, [93] [94] though between and , most important transactions, which would have been carried out previously in the presence of the original state deity Virupaksha a form of Shiva , were issued in presence of the central image of Vitthala. Though she was dead, he longed to see her again. Khushalbaba instantly fell in love with the Deity and wanted to buy it. Pandharpur’s Vithoba holds a shankha conch in his left hand and a chakra discus or lotus flower in his right, all of which are symbols traditionally associated with Vishnu. For other uses, see Panduranga disambiguation. Ganesha , the elephant-headed god of wisdom and beginnings; Khandoba , a form of Shiva; and Annapurna , a form of Shiva’s consort Parvati. Later, on meeting sage Kukkuta, Pundalik underwent a transformation and devoted his life to the service of his aged parents.

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Offended, Rukmini left Krishna and went to the forest of Dandivana near Pandharpur.

Temple of Lord Vitthala

Vifthala 12 July He was happy that the Lord gave him darshan at least in his dream. Krishna stood on the brick and waited for Pundalik. He got married to Mitharabai. Though the origins of both his cult and his main temple are likewise debated, there is clear evidence that they already existed by the 13th century. Essays on Religion in Maharashtra.


Shri Viththal ek mahasamanvaya official site of author.

Shaiva deities are also worshipped, such as: Inside the temple stands Krishna’s image on a brick. After completing his services, Pundalik asked that his Lord, in Vithoba form, remain on the vitthwla with Rukmini, in Rakhumai form, and bless His devotees forever.

Although no other existing Vishnu temple has iconography like Pandharpur’s Vithoba, Deleury finds similarities between the Pandharpur image and the third-century, arms-akimbo Vishnu images at Vitthaoa CavesMadhya Pradesh but declares that they are from different schools of sculpture.

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Abbott, Godbole p. This pastime of Lord Vitthala inspires His devotees to date. When Pundalik came out and vittahla God’s pardon, Lord Krishna replied that far from being displeased, he was pleased with his love for his parents.

The Pandurangashtakam stotraa hymn attributed to Adi Shankaracharya of the 8th century, indicates that Vithoba worship might have already existed at an early date. After some coaxing, Rukmini was pacified. Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture. It is also documented in Marathi texts: The earlier one was a tirtha murtian image purposely sited near a holy body of water tirthain this case facing west, on the Bhima riverbed, near the Pundalik shrine.


vittnala However, Varkari consider Vithoba to be the svarup original [36] Vishnu himself, not an Avatar manifestation of Vishnu like Krishna, [37] despite legends and consorts linking Vithoba to Krishna. The main deity in this temple is Sree Vittala or Vithoba.

He argues this on the basis of the reference by Dnyaneshwar, mentioned in section “Varkari sect” above.

Story of Panduranga Vitthala (Lord Krishna Himself)

At last they reached the banks of the river Bhima in the Deccan. In due course they had a son whom they named Khushal.

Vishnu, Krishna and Shiva. They too joined in the search. Zelliot, Eleanor; Berntsen, Maxine Krishna is described as in digambar form, wearing makara-kundalathe srivatsa mark described above[50] a head-dress of peacock feathers, resting his hands on his waist and keeping his cow-stick between his thighs.

He was first worshipped by the Dhangarthe cattle-owning caste of Maharashtra. The Gazetteers Dept, Government of Maharashtra first published: His second son and successor was recognized as a manifestation of Vithoba and named Vitthalnath, also known as Gusainji. This temple is situated near the Kayamkulam market.

So Indra was forced to accept the brick body. The Messages of a Divine Monkey.