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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

On the ekadashis the god is not put to sleep-be and the Badavas keep awake throughout the night. There are certain other peculiar customs, for examples, from the fifth of Magh to the fifth of Phaigun i.e. the Rangapanchami day, red powder (gual) is sprinkled on the god's feet; and a special variety of turban is put on the head. Gokul ashtami or the birth-day of Shri Krishna is observed with great pomp and ceremony. Kirtans and pravachanas take place. During the two large fairs held in Pandharpur, in Ashadh and Kartik the number of devotees gathering for the darshan is so large that the routine daily services are suspended and only the morning worship takes place. The bed-chambers remain closed and the god and the goddess are present in their respective shrines to meet the devotees at all times. Approximately ten days after the yatra is over there takes place a prakshala- puja, a wash-worship. On this occasion the most elaborate anointing andsugar-rubbing take place so as to soothe the god who is supposed to be fatigued after his constant presence in the shrine. People from, the town bring sweetened water to bathe the god and a number of washes take place. However, the important aspect of the yatras is not the temple rituals but the vast masses that gather here to meet the god on the ekadashis of Ashadh and Kartik. A glimpse of the gathering and traditional practices regarding it is given later on.

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