Many of the
places in Maharashtra are associated with Parasurama. Though his birth,
education, exploits, conquests took place in this region, he is not so popular,
say ardently adored as the other deities like Vithoba, Khandoba, Bhavani etc.
May be due to his settlement after giving the conquered land to Kashyap. Yet
there is one temple exclusively dedicated to him. And strangely enough it was
built by a Muslim woman in token of her gratitude for the benefit received.
Sounds odd, isn't it? Nay it is quite in consonance with his equally odd
character. Wasn't he catholic in his religious outlook? Did he ever distinguish
one from another?
strangeness sprang up thus-once a Muslim princess belonging to Adilsahi's
dynasty dispatched a flotilla of merchant ships with valuable cargo to far off
Arab countries. Soon news came to her that powerful gales developed in the high
seas all on a sudden. Its onset being sudden, and velocity incredible, it was
feared that nothing would reach the destination safe - neither cargo nor persons
in charge of it. Perturbed greatly she sought the help of Lord Parasuram; for,
she heard the story of Parasuram's cowing down of the sea with his mighty bow.
She made tearful appeals and offered soulful prayers taking a vow to erect a
temple, if nothing untoward happened to the cargo and men. Her sincerity pleased
Parasuram most and by a wave of hand he subsided the fury of the sea. When the
news of safe reaching of all, she felt extremely joyous and soon spent lakhs to
build a decent temple in memory of his benignity that saved her treasure.
Gradually, when the strength of adorers increased and receipt of Navas enriched
coffers, expansion programme was undertaken with great fervour.
The endowments of the princes and philanthropists too raised
it to the level of a primer centre of pilgrimage in the state of
Maharashtra. A little bit of history before and after the occurrence
of the momentous event is quiet expedient at this stage.