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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

The whole town of Pandharpur is clustered with temples big and small, and the parts of the town that house the principal shrines still do maintain much of their medieval aspect. The streets are extremely narrow, not more than nine to ten feet in width, although paved with stone. These lanes are flanked on either side by towering houses, many of them three storeyed mansions built on the typical Maratha style. They present a dead surface to the street for the first fifteen feet or so that are built in stone. The upper parts are in brick, have windows and a balcany or two These stand close together and practically hang over the streets making them dark and gloomy. The parts of the town developed in recent years display all aspects of modernity- broad streets and well-spaced houses. But the older part dominates the picture. Custom demands that the darshan of the deity is to be preceded by a visit to Pundalik and by a dip in the Chandra- bhaga.The river has a fairly broad bed here. On either side are vast stretches of sandy banks that are overrun in the floods. On the banks and inside the water are several temple structures. The vast gravelly- stretches are used for camping by the varkaris who flock here in their thousands. To make the approach to the waters easier several ghats or flights of steps have been constructed by charitable Persons. Most of these were built during the latter half of the eighteenth century, and many are of substantial size, two stretching for more than a hundred feet along the river. However, they do not form a continuous stretch as at some other kshetras, being interspersed with buildings and temples. Building of ghats was a public utility that had assumed the status of a ‘punya karma', and was practised all over Maharashtra during the Peshwa period. Pandharpur received its share of such attention and although some of the ghats are not in use now, their utility to the people was immense in the bygone days.

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