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KHANDOBA - JEJURI

Just as one approaches the main gateway 0 n either side are seen various stone images, some that of elephants others that of virs. On the right hand side of the gate is an object closely resembling a Shivaling around which a niche is built. This is known as the ‘Savalakhacha bhunga’ a bee worth a lakh and quarter rupees, There is an interesting story attached to it. It so happened that Aurangzeb in one of his campaigns in the Deccan attacked and conquered the fort of Daulat Mangal, the hill on which the present Bhuleshvartemple is located near Yavat. From that hill lie saw the Jejuri shrine and decided to assault it with the object of desecrating it. Accordingly his soldiers marched against the town, climbed the hill and when they found the gateways closed against decided to blow tip the walls. They dug a small hole for putting dynamite into it near the spot where the Savalakhacha bhunga is situated. But something happened that was most unexpected and confounding. One after another hundreds of bees buzzed out of that hole and attacked the Moslemsoldiers. The assault was so ferocious that they took to their heels. But the matter did not end there. For, the bees went after them wherever they went. The commanders of the troops then enquired with the Hindu mercenaries the meaning of this queer phenomenon. They were informed that Khandoba was a very hot tempered and vigilant deity and had punished them for their intention of desecrating his shrine. Now, if only some thing is done to appease him this air- raid’ would stop, otherwise, the Moslems better choose their own course,Thecommanders went to Aurangazeb and informed him as to what bad happened whereupon even that most zealous iconoclast agreed to and immediately presented a lakh and quarter rupees to the god. The bees disappeared but the Moslems were quick to the retreat.

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