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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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 LORD PANDURANGA VITHAL OF PANDHARPUR

THE VARKARIS AND THEIR ROLE

No account of the temple becomes complete, if it excludes the Varkari Sampradaya. The Varkari panth occupies a much coveted place here. He plays a signficant role in all the devotional activities of the temple. The institution acquired such high reputation that Vithal and Varkari have become one and the same and they bear no separation; one reminds the other and each exists for the other. The Varkari is a picturesque figure and assumes a peculiar aspect, when he enters the temple in his simple but special dress of dhoti and shirt with a turban on head, holding small cymbals in his hand and carrying a saffron gag. His services during the Palanquin procession are indispensable and they heighten its glory by adding colour and piety to the function. He indispensably attends the Ashada and Karthika masa festivals and propagates the bhakti cult through song and bhajan. For him, Panduranga Vithal is all, and above all in his earthly sojourn. He is not a sanyasin and so lives in society and carries on his profession with a difference. He is initiated into the panth by a guru and wears a tulasi bead-rosary for meditation. It is only an outward symbol, enabling him to perform pilgrimages to the temple. By and large, it is admitted by all, the fame of the temple spread far and wide by this Varkari Sampradaya. 

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