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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

There are several shrines at Pandharpur in addition to that of Pundalik, Vitthal and Rakhumai. 0f these the most Well-known and important is the Vishnupad. In the river bed three-quarters of a mile to the south of Pundalik's temple, reached by a low causeway of rough stones is the temple of Vishnupad. The temple is built on a rock in the river bed. Its plinth is nearly seven feet high land flights of steps lead upto the floor-level from all the four sides. The temple is an open hall or mandapthirty-one feet square and twelve feet in height'. It is constructed of stone masonry and its flat roof is supported by sixteen pillars of stone. During the rainy season when the river is ' inspite, the Vishnupad temple is under water, and this period often extends to well over three months. Even otherwise the water level is not too much below the floor of the temple and as an indicator to the state of the temple it is stated that whenever water touches the base of the Pundalik temple, half of Vishnupad is submerged. In the middle of the square is a small square measuring five feet by five enclosed within a railing. In this central square,  which is the shrine of the temple, are three rocks, with the foot-prints of the god Krishna and of a cow. The god's foot-prints are in two positions. In one pair he is standing on both the feet, with the marks hollow as if the rock has Yielded like half dry mud. In the other pair of foot-prints the god stands on the left-foot, with the right foot crossed and resting on the toes. In front of these marks is a cup shaped hollow which is said to be the cup from which the god ate. At each corner of the square is a cow's foot-print. A small hollow in front of the second pair of prints was caused by the god's staff. On a pillar of the shrine is an image of Krishna standing with right leg crossed and playing on a flute. On another pillar is the image of Vishnu with four arms, holding a shankh, chakra, gada and padma.These foot-prints are worshipped every forenoon by the agents of the Badavas.

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Temples on the banks of the Bhima, Pandharpur
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