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Temples & Legends Of Maharastra
Index Of Maharastra Preface
Kulapati's Preface The Author
Morgaon - Moreshvar

Kolhapur - Mahalakshmi

Tuljapur - Bhavani Ganagapur - Dattatreya
Pedhe - Parashurama Bhimashankar - Bhimashankar
Tryambakeshvar - Trymbak Khandoba - Jejuri
Pandhapur - Vitthal Glossary
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PANDHARPUR - VITTHAL

Turning to other historical records one finds an inscription of the Hoyasala King Someshvar that records the grant of the village of Hiriya Garanj in the present Mysore state. This inscription is dated 1236 A.D. and clearly indicates the keen interest evinced by the Hoyasala monarch in the deity and its well being. This was not very surprising as there is ground to believe, according to some scholars, that it was a great Hoyasala prince who was himself responsible for the establishment of the Vithoba at Pandharpur. King Vishnuvardhan alias Bittidev (IM-1137 A.D.) of the Hoyasala dynasty was so much influenced by the teachings of Ramanuja that he accepted the Vaishnava sect discarding his original Jaina faith. His brother Vir-Ballal launched several expeditions in the northerly direction and, carried the northern limits of the Hoyasala empire to the shores of the Bhima. It is not unlikely that this Vishnuvardhan met Pundarik or Pundalik at Pandharpur and there erected a temple of Vishnu on his request. It was a traditional custom to name the temple after the builder and in accordance with this tradition Vishnu- vardhan named the deity Vitthal, a derivative of Bittidev the alias of Vishnu- vardhan. This is of course the historical side of the picture, but mythology has a different version regarding Vitthal's presence on the Bhima.

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Temples on the banks of the Bhima, Pandharpur
About Padharpur
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