- Vithal Mandir
the sacred shrines dotted on the colourful landscape of the
Marathwad region of Maharashtra, this Vithal deul, situated in a
village occupies a pre-eminent place. It is an achient temple said
to have been built by Chalukyas; and the architectural style bears
ample evidence to testify it. Hoyasala and Kakatiya kings too added
their contribution to make it a grand temple with all the essential
parts, like grabha griha, prakara, mahadwara, towers, courtyards,
etc. Their dimensions and sculptural adornments are quite imposing.
The temple has three entrances and it faces east. The eastern
mahadwara surmounting the sturdy tower is the tallest and
embellished with beautiful sculpture. The oddity that greets the
eyes of the visitors is the installation of a big size Nandi in
front of the temple. It is set up in a beautiful mandap and
fortifies the belief that this was a Siva temple in the beginning
and some vested interests converted it into Vaishnava shrine, adding
and beautifying the niches and garbha griha with Vaishnavate gods.
The presiding deity is Vithal and is masterly sculptured. Along with
the other deities installed in the niches, it too has lost its
grace, eminence, potency due to ravages of time and lack of
maintenance. Though everything is in ruins, it still lures yatris
and scholars, because of its rich past and architectural
lies 30 km of Parli Vaidyanatha temple in Marathwada region of
Maharastra, accessible by four wheelers.