Veer Mhaskoba - Incarnation of Shiva
Shiva is worshipped in many forms and one most known one is Kala Bhairava. It is the annihilation form ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... takes when the universe needs destruction to pave path for new life. Kala Bhairava is worshipped by another name i.e., Veer MhaskobaVeer Mhaskoba
Shiva is worshipped in many forms and one most known one is Kala Bhairava... in Dhangar caste (herding caste of people living in Maharashtra, India). Many tribes also consider him as their kuldevta (family deity). People of Jawali (located in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh), Mhaswad (located in Satara district in Maharashtra) and Sonari (located in Sibsagar district in Assam) are also ardent followers of Veer Mhaskoba.
In a village named Veer, a true devotee of BhairavBhairav
Also known as Kala Bhairava, Bhairava is the manifestation of Lord Shiva... lived a simple life with his parents and his herd, named Kamlaji Dhangar. He took his cattle in the nearby villages to graze. In his way, there was a temple dedicated to Bhairava and it was in his routine to visit the temple daily. He spent his hours worshipping the deity, offering flowers to the idol and meditating while chanting God’s name. He also offered a piece of his Bhakri (round flat unleavened bread). He visited the temple both in dawn and dusk.
Eventually, the villagers started realizing that someone visits the temple without their notice. They decided to stay alert and take turns in guarding the temple. Kamlaji was unaware of all the plotting and was on his way to the temple. Bhairava got worried for his devotee and decided to intervene because he didn’t want Kamlaji to get hurt. Bhairava warned Kamlaji of the situation and forbade to visit the temple to which Kamlaji replied that he would prefer dying than not worshipping Bhairava even for a single.
Bhairava told him that he will visit him and he need not go to the temple. A dry and infertile tree will become green and have leaves in his presence. Kamlaji agreed and waited for his God to appear. After hours when Bhairava did not appear, Kamlaji became restless, and then suddenly he saw that all his cows were making noises as if they were scared. Bhairav was amazed at the sight as a huge five headed snake had coiled around an infertile cow and was suckling at breasts for milk. Kamlaji saw that a nearby tree which was dead for years was now green and fresh. He realized that Bhairava had visited him. He then performed all his rituals and worshipped him. This continued for 12 yaers but then one day a villager sneaked into the barn and saw the strange event taking place. He complained to Kamlaji’s father and claimed that his son is practicing black magic.
When the father confronted his son, Kamlaji didn’t wasn’t to lie and nor could he reveal the secret, so he decided to remain silent. He asked Bhairava for a solution to which the God replied that he wanted him to keep the snake form in a mount in some field and just make a hole in it. Kamlaji did as he was told. He went back to his father and told that he was not practicing any black magic, and now everything was normal.
The mound was situated in a field of a person named Raut Mali who now had to toil his land and reap a rich harvest. Kamlaji requested him to toil the land and leave the mound to which Raut Mali didn’t pay nay heed. This angered the God, and he killed 12 bulls and 4 sons of Kamlaji. Someone how one son escaped and he screamed to gather all the villagers. But when villagers came at the spot they only saw 4 goats beheaded and not four sons.
Bhairava was impressed by the dedication of his devotee that he even sacrificed his sons for him. He restored them back to life. His five sons carried on the lineage of castes today known as Shingade, Tarde, Burungale, Vhatkar and Dhawan.
Bhiarava promised to take the form of Mhaskoba and dwell in the Veer village.
A temple is located in the same place named ShriNath Mhaskoba temple and is 26 Km. South to a village named Sasvad. It is located on the banks of river Purnaganga.