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KOLHAPUR-MAHALAKSHMI

The Karvir mahatmya states that it this sacred place was the creation of Vishnu, who stays here in the Mahalakshmi form and at Varanashi in the Shiva form for the mukti, the final liberation of his devotees. The Harivamsha has a different tale to tell. The story comes in connection with the struggle between Shri Krishna and Jarasandha, the Lord of Magadha. Vikadru, an elderly member of the Yadav clan narrates the history of the expansion of the Yadu kula to Shri Krishna. Once upon a time, Yadu, the son of Haryashva a went to the seas for ‘jalakrida’ along with his wives and attendants. While he was thus engaged in the lighthearted sport, Dhumravarna the Lord of the Naga-Loka all of a sudden caught hold of him and dragged him to his Loka. Here he was received most respectfully and taken to the magnificent mansion of Dhumravarna and seated on a lotus throne, entertained most lavishly. Then the Lord of the Nagas offered his daughters in marriage to Yadu. The latter could not reject the offer and his hesitation, if any, was set at rest when Dhumravarna told him that the offsprings of the match were destined to royalty. Marriages were duly celebrated after which Yadu reached his capital with five beautiful brides clad in exquisite clothes and ornaments bestowed by their father. In due course Yadu got five sons from his five wives. The children wore all the marks lakshanas of royalty, were properly trained and when came of age were powerful personalities. They requested their father to entrust them some tasks worthy of their prowess. Yadu entrusted to them a formidable task, that of populating the country south of the Vindh) as. Muchukund founded Mahishmati on the banks of the river Narmada. He also established a township named Purika in the area between the Vindhya and the Rikshavan mountains. Harita undertook the protection of the outlying island centres of the empire. Saras founded the nagari of Kraunchpura. Pad mavarna travelled further southwards, entered the heart of the Sahyadris and chose a densely forested spot on the river Venna. Here he laid the foundations of the city that later on became famous as Karvir. And as the spot was scarcely populated Padmavarna brought in more and more people to inhabit ’Padmavat’as the land was called hereafter. Thus from the above account it seems that the founding of the town of Karvir was part of a systematic attempt at colonisation of the Deccan on the part of the northern tribes, under probably the leadership of the Yadu clan. Anyway our story does not end here. Generations after generations passed and one comes down to the times of Vikadru. Krishna and Jarasandha.

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