Do not wander among the woods. Legend relates this deity to a simple woman devotee of yore. In one of these, Namdev says: The tulsi plant is dear to Krishna. As Sena was engrossed in his prayers to Vithoba, Vithoba went to the palace in the form of Sena to serve the king, and Sena was saved. The Messages of a Divine Monkey.

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In Maythe temple became the first in India to invite women and people vithpba backward classes as priests. Supreme deity Vishnu Krishna Rama.

Schomer, Karine; McLeod, W. There are a lot of myths and stories related to this temple. Scholars have provided interesting insights into the etymological meanings of these names. While Vishnu and Shiva were bound in rigid ritualistic worship and Brahmin priestly control, Vithoba, vithoha God of the subaltern, became increasingly human.

Vithoba Temple, Pandharpur

Several etymological derivations have been suggested for the term vitthala. So he was eager to convey the proper meaning of religious philosophy and show its vithona to everyday life. So Eknath took his writing to Kashi. Eknath was the great-grandson of Bhanudas. This transition is suggestive of the growth of devotion to Vitthala. In the Ashadi Ekadasi festival, people from every faith and religion participate. Offended, Rukmini left Krishna and went to the forest of Dandivana near Pandharpur.


So a Varikara must wear a rosary containing a hundred and eight tulsi beads as a pious observance. Eknath did likewise and was not only cured but was also inspired to bring out a corrected edition of Jnaneshwari.

All of them bear a tender affection and innocent love for Vitthala. All these texts describe the legend of Pundalik.

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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Vithobs festivals associated with Vithoba primarily correspond to the bi-annual yatras pilgrimages of the Varkaris.

If Lord Vitjoba stands upon a brick his feet will remain clean and dry. So one who lives in such a place is Vitthala the letters ra and la are often exchanged in Prakrit languages. The Varkaris are divided into several subsects, each having its own mantra:. There is a massive influx of devotees, creating enormously crowded streets dotted with canvas tents for medical aid and vaccination.

Vithoba is depicted as dark young boy.


This time, however, Pundalik is very curious. It is interesting to note that Venkatesha and Vitthala do not have any prominent place in the Puranas, but they are extremely popular deities.

Vithoba of Pandharpur

So they accepted their suffering and a life of duty, devotion, forgiveness, and truth. Namdev says that we are hewn and shaped stones which holy vtihoba step on. The Gazetteers Dept, Government of Maharashtra first published: Thus, Vitthala would mean ‘one standing on a brick’. Seeing this utmost devotion and innocence of a child, God appears, eats the offering and blesses Namdev.

The samadhis memorials of saints like Namdev, Chokhamela and Janabaiand of devotees such as Pundalik and Kanhopatraare in and around the temple. After some coaxing, Rukmini was pacified. In some traditions vthoba, Vithoba is also worshipped as a form of Shiva. So the Gopalakrishna of Gopalpur is an important deity even today. Karnatak Prakashan,72—6. Krishna comes to Pandharpur and makes Himself at Home”.