Champa Shashti is a festival dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. More specifically, it is dedicated to an incarnation of ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... known as Khandoba, also popularly known as Khanderao. Champa Sashti is celebrated on the sixth day of the growing moon phase of the month of Margashirsha (November to December) according to the Hindu calendar. KhandobaKhandoba
Khandoba, also popularly known as Khanderao, is a Hindu god who is believed... is considered as the major deity of warriors, farmers, herders, hunters and gatherers inn hills and forests. Champa Shashti is one of the most important festivals of the Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
There are many legends that state that once upon a time there were two demon brothers Malla and Mani. They created massive trouble for everyone including human beings, sages and demigods. Everyone then approached VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. for help, but he told them that he could not do anything for them at that point of time. They then went to BrahmaBrahma
According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)..., who told them that he was unable to help them as well. Finally, the victims approached Shiva and told him the whole story. Infuriated Shiva assumed the form of a fierce warrior – Khandoba. He was shining like gold and the sun and had his face covered with turmeric powder. Soon a fierce battle ensued between Khandoba and the demon brothers. The demons were eventually slain by the deity. When Mani was about to die, he offered his white horse to Khandoba and asked for forgiveness. Upon this Khandoba told him to ask for a boon. To this Mani replied that he wanted to be present in every temple and shrine of Khandoba. He also asked for improvement of mankind and that goat flesh would be offered to him. Khandoba granted him the boon and, thus, Mani became a demigod and were found in every temple associated with Khandoba.
Malla also pleaded to Khandoba and asked for a boon. When Khandoba asked him about his boon, the demon replied that he wanted utter destruction of the world and asked for human flesh. This enraged Khandoba, and he decapitated the demon and cursed him that his head would be trampled by feet of the devotees on the stairs who will come to Khandoba’s temples. The day when the above events took place, came to be known and celebrated as Champa Shashti.
Worship and Beliefs
Champa Sashti is celebrated with greatest zeal and passion at one of the most important places of pilgrimage associated with Khandoba, which is the Khandoba temple in Jejuri, Maharashtra. The most ardent devotees of Khandoba observe fasts during the six days of the festival. Worshippers and devotees from various places offer turmeric powder, wood apple leaves, and other fruits and vegetables, and pray to Khandoba. People who celebrate Champa Shashti with pure devotion and sincerity and believed to be blessed by the deity and protected from all the evils and fears of the world.