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The Mandirs Of   Maharastra
The Mandirs of Maharastra - Index Invocation
The Author Introduction
Kolhapur Pandharpur
Tuljapur Phede
Jejuri Morgaon
Alandi Bhimashankar
Parli Elapura
Shirdi Triyambak
Avantika-Ujjain Prologue
Epilogue Some Shrines Superb
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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      JNANESWAR MAHARAJ OF ALANDI 

Another sixteen - pillared mandap built in the Hamadpanth style consecrated by the beautiful image of Ganesh on a high pedestal is visit worthy. Visitors miss not this Elephant-headed god, for they are aware of his august office - vighna nasak - remover of obstacles. Offering prayers, they move towards the famous Bhint - a wall that has an odd story. This inanimate object humbled the pride of a certain yogi called Changdev - a contemporary of Jnaneswar. Though a highly evolved soul, he was not free from egoism. He was a Siddupurusha, and fond of displaying his yogic powers. Once, desiring to demonstrate his super human powers came to Alandi to see Jnaneswar riding a living tiger using a live cobra as whip. To teach him a lesson on humility, Jnaneswar sitting on a dilapidated old wall along with his brothers - Nivrithi, Sopan and Sister Muktabai ordered it move to meet Changdev on the way, in the street. It did Changdev's pride bit the dust in the presence of astonished onlookers in their thousands. The same wall is now preserved and visitors offer obeisance for helping Jnaneswar Maharaj to exhibit the power of his soul. In the campus there are many mandaps, like Vithal Rukhmini, Muktabai that are enshrining divinities. Praying at each brings merit. Meditating sitting in the campus any where has an elevating experience and the devotees normally sit in silence for a few minutes invariably on their visits. The Golden pipal tree lying near Mahadwar has another story to tell. It is said that Jnaneswar's mother was blessed with four children glorious only after perambulating this after taking vows. It is an ancient one with miraculous powers. Hence the craze for the visitors to offer special poojas to it. There are many more objects outside the campus, like the Pundalika temple built on the bank of the river Indrayani that lure and confer beatitude to the visitors.

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