APPEARANCE OF KHANDOBA
appearance of Khandoba in the hill has a fascinating background, and it happened
in 1750 AD. It occurred - Strange it appears that once some cowherds resting
under the shade of a big tree found a stranger meeting surprisingly and taking a
them. His appearance and manner of moving set them thinking, as who he was and
how he came. Just then, the stranger found a devotee by name Bhaya approaching
in a flash, he disappeared forthwith. The awe-struck cow-herds told Bhaya of a
stranger's strange appearance and disappearance in their midst, when questioned.
To his amazement, Bhaya found a Sivalinga of Halad in the exact place where the
stranger had sat. Identifying him as Lord Khandoba, he started praying it. The
villagers deeming him as a madman threw away the linga. And lo! it returned to
the same place appearing extremely brighter than before. Then they realised
their folly and accepted its divinity. The next question that confronted them
was, with whose devotion it came to stand there. An ingenious method was
suggested by someone among them. It was agreed to draw twelve lines on the
ground and to strike with pickaxes on them.