The physical characteristics of the central murti image of Vithoba at Pandharpur, and various textual references to it, have inspired theories relating to Vithoba worship. As a brick Indra had got good fortune of being in the house of pundalik. In addition to the above, there are many abhangas , the short Marathi devotional poems of the Varkaris, and many stutis songs of praise and stotras hymns , some of them originating from the Haridasa tradition. Khushal Baba noticed that one gentleman saw the same Deity and he liked it so much that he bought it for double the price. The man also got up and noticed that the Deity was missing. The most important festivals of Vithoba are held on Shayani Ekadashi in the month of Ashadha , and Prabodhini Ekadashi in the month of Kartik.

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Pastimes of Lord Vitthala of Pandharpur – Sant Khushal Baba

Vithobaalso known as Vitthal, Vitthala and Pandurangais a Hindu deity predominantly worshipped in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Bradnock,Roma Bradnock Thus, Sand proposes that the worship of Vithoba may predate the temple itself. Other devotional literature dedicated to Vithoba includes the hymns of the Haridasa and the Marathi versions of the generic aarti songs associated with rituals of offering light to the deity.


All these texts describe the legend of Pundalik. His sleep begins on Shayani Ekadashi literally the ‘sleeping 11th’ and he finally awakens from his slumber, four months later, on Prabodhini Ekadashi. Pundalik threw a brick outside for Krishna to rest on.

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The Brahmin texts include: Krishnadevaraya is also credited with building Vitthala’s temple at the then capital city Vijayanagara modern Hampi. Their clothes became dirty by the sins of the bathing pilgrims. Your email address will not be published. He was first worshipped by the Dhangarvltthala cattle-owning caste of Maharashtra.

In this context, Pandharpur is affectionately called “Bhu- Vaikuntha ” the place of residence of Vishnu on earth by devotees. Part of a series on. Haridasa means servant dasa of Vishnu Hari.

Hundreds and thousands of devotees gather there. He particularly remembered his sports with the milkmaids, the cowherd boys, and his love, Radha. Sree Vithoba temple [99] is one of the important and ancient temples in Kayamkulam, Kerala. Eaton, Richard Maxwell This Vaishnavization of Vithoba also led to conversion of the Shaiva Pundarika shrine to the Vaishnava shrine of the devotee Pundalik, who—according vitthapa legend—brought Vithoba to Pandharpur.

Pastimes of Lord Vitthala of Pandharpur – Sant Khushal Baba – Tirtha Yatra

Shri Viththal ek mahasamanvaya official site of author. Pundalik, a Brahmin madly in love with his wife, neglected his aged parents as a result. Standing on the brick he waited for Pundalik. Living Traditions in Contemporary Contexts: Saddened by Rukmini’s departure, Krishna searched for his queen and finally found her resting in Dandivana, near Pundalik’s house.


In this temple there are two festivals celebrated annually with the ninth day chariot festival Ratholsavam as the important attraction. This temple is situated near the Kayamkulam market. Asuras Rakshasas Yakshas Vahanas. Thus, according to Zelliot, Vithoba represents Shiva as well as Vishnu. Some images depict Vithoba’s right hand making a gesture that has been traditionally misunderstood as a blessing; no gesture of blessing is present in the Pandharpur image.

The deity was subsequently named as Vitthala, a derivative of Bittidev, by the builder-king. Khushal Baba noticed that one gentleman saw the same Deity and he liked it so much that he bought it for double the price.

Then they entered the inner room of the ashrama, and came out in beautifully clean clothes and passing near Pundalik, they vanished. Ranade, Ramchandra Dattatraya Lord Vitthala knew that Khushal Baba was the one who was truly eligible to have His Deity form more than the person who bought it.