is one of the premier pilgrim centres of Maharastra, and occupies a
pre-eminent place among the Saivate shrines of our Bharat. Its
legendary glory is heightened by the historic importance wrung from
the Moghuls by the matchless valour Maharastrian leaders. The
presiding deity Khandoba, the local name for Maheswar too asserted
and assumed His rudrarupa to drive away the Mlechchas, when they
attempted to blow up the fort for looting its incalculable wealth,
and desecrating it also.
kshetra claims two independent shrines - one called Karhe pather and
the other Gad-kot, lying on the same hill called Jayadri, but
separated by only a short distance. It has a fascinating background,
and Khandoba's appearance, accomplished the dushtasamhara - killing
of Mani and Malla, the formidable demons born out of the remnants of
Madhukaitabha asuras, died at the hands of Mahavishnu.
Marthandavijaya and Jayadri Mahatya embody elaborate accounts of
this Lord and His awesome sports played in the past.