As discussed in the devotional works section above, the Pundalik legend appears in the Sanskrit scriptures Skanda Purana and Padma Purana. However, after the decline of the Vijayanagara empire , when wars erupted in the Deccan region, the Muslim rulers had to accept the faiths of Maharashtra in order to gather the support of its people. When Pundalik came out and begged God’s pardon, Lord Krishna replied that far from being displeased, he was pleased with his love for his parents. By his side stands the image of Rukmini. At last he found her and managed to calm her. Pande, Suruchi October
This form pnaduranga the Lord is Swayambhu which means that His idol has not been carved or etched but it came into existence on its own. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. In addition to the above, there are many abhangasthe short Marathi devotional poems of the Varkaris, and many stutis songs of praise and stotras hymnssome of them originating from the Haridasa tradition.
The Story of Panduranga Vitthal and Pundalik, Pandharpur’s Divinity
He had thus accumulated Punya enough to earn Moksha and bring us down to earth to serve him. Prettily placed on the majestic banks of River Chandra bagha, the temple portrays lord Vitthal as its chief deity. Hindu god considered form of Vishnu or Krishna. Once while Pundalik was massaging his father’s feet at his Pandharpur home, Lord Vishnu appeared on the door of the ashram. Though he knew Lord Krishna had come to see him, he refused to pay his respect to the god before his duty towards his parents was done.
Only 30 members were allowed to see the abishekam. There are several theories about pandurabga origins and meanings of these names. Sree Vithoba temple  is one of the important and ancient temples in Kayamkulam, Kerala.
An imposing temple was built at the place where Krishna and Pundalik had met. However, the Varkari poet-saint Tukaram proposed a different etymology—that Vitthala is composed of the words vittha ignorance and la one who acceptsthus meaning ‘one who accepts innocent people who are devoid of knowledge’. Vitthal is also worshipped as Vitthalnath at the Nathdwara in Rajasthan. Anthropological Survey of India. Henceforth, the care of his old mother and father came before everything else – even before God, as events were to prove.
Story of Panduranga Vitthala (Lord Krishna Himself)
Just then his queen, Rukmini, entered the room. Radha did not honour Rukmini, the chief queen of Krishna, nor did Krishna hold Radha accountable for pandurangaa offence.
The idol of the deity Vitthala or Vithoba is made of black stone three and a half feet tall. The three ladies told them that the sage had served and nursed his parents most faithfully and devoted all his life to that one aim.
The temple enshrines the lotus feet of the lord on rock, which are placed on a square. Essays on Religion in Maharashtra. Abbott, Godbole p.
Story of Lord Vithal at Pandarpur – Story of Panduranga Vitt
There is an interesting story that explains about the incarnation of Lord Vithal at Pandarpur. This version is found in manuscripts of both Puranas, Prahlada Maharaj, and the poet-saints, notably Tukaram. One among the allure in the temple premises is the iron boat of 3 ft. After some days, Lord Krishna set off in search of Rukmini. As Sena was engrossed in his prayers to Vithoba, Vithoba went to the palace in the form of Sena to pqnduranga the king, and Sena was saved.
This brought about a complete change in pancuranga and he became the most devoted son. Pundalik threw himself at their feet and begged them to tell who they were. Human incarnation of God and devotee. The poor parents cursed the day they decided to go on a pilgrimage. Rukmini is traditionally pandurangs as the wife of Krishna. There they decided to spend a couple of nights. But at that time Pundalik was busy attending to his parents.