Khandoba - The Warrior King
Khandoba, also popularly known as Khanderao, is a Hindu god who is believed to be an incarnation of Shiva. The name KhandobaKhandoba
Khandoba, also popularly known as Khanderao, is a Hindu god who is believed... is derived from the word “Khadga” which means “sword” and, hence, the deity is always depicting carrying a sword with him. He is considered as the major deity of warriors, farmers, herders, hunters and gatherers inn hills and forests. Khandoba is one of the most important deities of the Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Khandoba is depicted as a fierce warrior with a golden complexion and turmeric powder all over his face, mounted on a white horse. He is always portrayed holding a sword in his hand and killing demons and, thus, freeing his devotees from terror and protecting them. He is usually shown on the horseback along with one or more of his wives. Sometimes he is also shown accompanied by one or more dogs. There are some other depictions as well which represent him with three eyes and four hands. He holds trident, sword, drum and a bowl filled with turmeric powder in his hands.
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, all of them approached ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... 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.
Worship and Beliefs
One of the most important places of pilgrimage associated with the deity is the Khandoba temple in Jejuri, Maharashtra. A six-day festival is celebrated in honor of the deity, which occurs during the month of Margashirsha (November to December) according to the Hindu calendar. The most ardent devotees of Khandoba observe fasts during the six days of the festival. Khandoba is generally offered flowers, fruits and turmeric powder.