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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

All this temple service is most elaborately organised at Pandharpur. Very few other shrines of Maharashtra display such a developed organisation. There are several cadres of the temple servants whose rights and duties have been fixed by custom and regulation for a long time now. At the apex of the order are the Badavas, who are the custodians and superinten- dents of the temple-property and worship. The jewels of the deity and other belongings of the deity are in their custody and it is for them to see that all the things required for the daily rituals are pro vided for. All the offerings to the god, whether in cash or kind, belong to the Badavas. Every night, a divaskar, or a priest for the day' is chosen for the next twenty-four hours from amongst themselves by the Badavas. He is to collect all the offerings and to provide the oil, sweets, panchamrit etc. necessary for the worship. Next to the Badavas are the 'Pujaris' who are in charge of the actual worship rituals. They undress the image, bathe it, put flowers and garlands around it and wave the lights at the time of the aratis. These tasks are performed by none else than the Pujaris.

 

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