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    Vithoba
     
     

    About Vithoba

    Also known as Vitthal VitthalVitthal
    Vitthal temple Pandharpur is the main center of worship for Vitthal (Vitthal is also known as Vithoba and Panduranga), believed to be an incarnation of Bhagawan Krishna
    (meaning one who accepts innocent and gullible person) and Pandurang, VithobaVithobaVithoba
    Also known as Vitthal (meaning one who accepts innocent and gullible person)...
    is an incarnation of VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    and believed to be another form of Krishna. His name is a combination of two words, ‘Vi’ meaning knowledge and ‘thoba’ meaning shaper, therefore making him the shaper of the knowledge or the idol of the knowledge. He is majorly worshipped in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and Andhra Pradesh.

    Legend


    A devotee named Pundalik lived in a dense forest, Dindirvan, with his parents. He loved his parents and was completely devoted to them till the time he got married. He was so attracted to his wife and was under her influence that he stopped taking care of his parents and treated them like servants.

    Parents felt humiliated and disrespected all the time and thus they decided to go on a pilgrimage. They thought that will keep them away from their son for some time and will also pray to God for some betterment in their lives. But as soon as the daughter-in-law came to know that her in-laws are planning to go on a pilgrimage, she along with her husband decided to join them.

    The son and his wife rode on the horses while the parents walked. Whenever they stopped for taking some rest, Pundalik forced the parents to groom the horses. They started cursing the day they decided to go for the pilgrimage.

    Once they reached an ashram (spiritual hermitage) and everyone slept except Pundalik.
    He saw that a group of beautiful women, dressed in ugly clothes, went inside the ashram and after a while came out beautifully dressed in clean clothes. This went on for two nights and finally restless Pundalik broke his silence. He asked the young women to unfold the mystery. They told him that they were the personifications of the holy rivers in India like GangaGangaGanga
    According to Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu in one of....
    , Yamuna etc., and they take the sins of the pilgrims with them because of which their clothes get dirty. In this manner they absolve others from their sins but Pundalik cannot be absolved as he has committed the biggest sin of his life i.e., disrespecting of his parents. Pundalik realized his mistake and stated taking care of his parents.

    Lord KrishnaKrishnaKrishna
    It is described that there are three aspects of the Supreme that must...
    once visited him in his house but he was so busy taking care of his parents that he refused to pay his respect to God. He just threw a brick outside his house and asked Krishna to wait on it till he has attended his parents. Impressed by such love and dedication, Krishna waited for Pundalik happily and took the form of Vithoba, standing on teh brick.

    Vithoba’s consort Rakhumai

    Vithoda is the incarnation of Vishnu and thus his consort, Rakhumai is considered the incarnation of LakshmiLakshmiLakshmi
    Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as the ultimate deity of wealth...
    . But both the gods are worshipped independently and have different shrines. It is believed that Vithoba had cursed her and nurtured a non-attachment towards householder’s life. The idols can be placed in the same temple but are placed on different platforms of bricks. Many people, especially Marathi community, consider Vithoba as their father (‘ba’ meaning father) and thus call his consort Rakhumai, meaning mother RukminiRukminiRukmini
    Also known as Ruciranana (meaning one with a beautiful face) and Vaidarbhi, Rukmini is the wife of Lord Krishna..
    .

    Depiction

    Vithoba is depicted in dark complexion, both his hands on his waist and with a long white mark on his head. His image is presented in a black basalt sculpture. He is shown wearing a headgear. This headgear is interpreted as Shiva’s Linga. Linga is a phallic shaped symbol of Shiva which is considered his source of power and is worshipped by Hindus This is symbolized as Vishnu carrying his very first devotee, ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    , on his head and giving him respect. A necklace made of tulsi (holy basil) beads is also worn by him in combination with fish-shaped earrings called Makara-kundala.

    He is mostly depicted as a two armed God who sometimes holds a conch and disc or couch and lotus. He is also ornamented with various other Gold jewelry and a waist band. Mostly he is presented bare chested who wears a yellow dhoti (traditional Indian garment).

    The image is also shown having a mark on the left breast called shrivatsa lanchana and one on right breast, called sriniketana.

    God of the Poor

    Vitthala, his another name, is also a combination of two words, ‘Vit’ meaning brick and ‘thal’ meaning standing, which means one standing on brick. Therefore, he is often depicted on standing one a platform made of brick. It also signifies his status as the god and protector of the poor.
     



     
     

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