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Temples & Legends Of Maharastra
Index Of Maharastra Preface
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Morgaon - Moreshvar

Kolhapur - Mahalakshmi

Tuljapur - Bhavani Ganagapur - Dattatreya
Pedhe - Parashurama Bhimashankar - Bhimashankar
Tryambakeshvar - Trymbak Khandoba - Jejuri
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BHIMASHANKAR

It gives an account of how the ling appeared at the spot. The tale is mentioned here because it is most widely used. Practically for every important Shiva ling the same Or a very similar story is related in this region. Once upon a time a man went to the jungles and as usual started felling trees that being his profession. But the day was not quite usual. He raised his axe and struck against a tree and blood started gusting out from the cut. The wood-cutter was greatly be wildered and for a moment did not understand what to do.

He had heard of similar tales in his own times and it then occurred to him to bring his cow and he milked her so that the milk fell on the cut. The blood stopped rushing out. Next day the fellow went to the place greatly apprehensive from the events of the previous day. But his apprehensions were groundless-a ling of Shiva had appeared at the spot where the tree stood. Over whelmed at the occurrence, he  became a devout bhakta of Shiva and erected a small shrine over the ling. This incident is said to have taken place somewhere around 1350 A.D.

The next stage was the erection of a bigger shrine, complete with a square mandap and a portico in its front. This shrine might have fallen down or might have been left incomplete after the portico and the mandap were built. There is little doubt that the latter has been pulled down or has fallen of natural causes, its peculiarity, as already stated, being its arched construction.

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