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Jejuri Khandoba : popular pilgrim centres of Maharashtra

Jejuri is one the popular pilgrim centres of Maharashtra, located 38-km from Pune and 60-km from Sholapur. It houses a temple dedicated to Lord Khandoba. Khandoba, popularly known as Khandobachi Jejuri, is one of the important Gods worshipped by Dhangar, the oldest tribes in Maharashtra. It is believed that Khandoba, is a god of Sakamabhakti i.e. it God who fulfils all the desires of his devotees. Jejuri is popular for its old Deep Mala.

Jejuri has also been a historically important place as Shivaaji met his father Shahaji here after a long period. The meeting is historically very important as both discussed the strategies against Mughals, here. At that period, Jejuri was one of the major hill forts in South region.

Khandoba,, also known as Khanderao, Khanderaya, Malhari Martand and Mallu Khan is a regional Hindu deity, worshipped as Mārtanda Bhairava, a form of Shiva, mainly in the Deccan plateau of India. He is the most popular family deity in Maharashtra, the patron deity of Deshastha brahmin, warrior, farming and herding castes, the hunters and gatherers of the hills and forests. The cult of Khandoba has linkages with Vaishnava and Jain traditions, and also assimilates all communities irrespective of caste, including Muslims. Khandoba is sometimes identified with Mallanna of Andhra Pradesh and Mailara of Karnataka. The worship of Khandoba developed during the 9th and 10th centuries from a folk deity into a composite god possessing the attributes of Shiva, Bhairava, Surya and Karttikeya Skanda. He is depicted either in the form of a Lingam, or as an image riding on a bull or a horse. The foremost centre of Khandoba worship is Jejuri in Maharashtra. The legends of Khandoba, found in the text Malhari Mahatmya and also narrated in folk songs, revolve around his victory over demons Mani-malla and his marriages.
Jejuri is one of the famous temples of Maharashtra. This place is popularly known as 'Khandobachi Jejuri'. The temple of Khandoba at Jejuri is located on the top of a small hill. You need to climb almost 200 steps to reach the temple. Jejuri Town is located in Purandar taluk, a station on the southern railway meter-guage like between Pune and Bangalore. Jejuri is a famous pilgrimage place. Jejuri is more a village than a town and is important due to the religious fairs held here in honour of Lord Khandoba. Khandoba has two temples at Jejuri. One of them is older than the other. The new one is larger and stands close to and about 250 feet above the village. The small temple is believed to be sacred. The idol of Khandoba in the temple is very beautiful. Various weapons like Sword , Damaru and Paral are of historic remembrance. The competition of handling the sword on Dasera Day is very popular at Jejuri because one has to lift the sword high for maximum time. The other idols of Khandoba , Mhalsa and Manimalla looks beautiful. You must visit Jejuri to see the crystal stands. Jejuri is one of the important temples in Maharashtra with historical importance. ' Kandobacha Yelkot '..' Jay Malhar ' are some of the popular terms here. One can find many sculptures in and nearby the Jejuri temple.

How to Reach Jejuri
Location : 38-km From Pune, Maharashtra
Presiding Deity : Lord Khandoba
Popularly Known as : Khandobachi Jejuri
The Deity Is Also Known Different Names Like: Mallari, Malhari,Mailar,Martand,Ravalnath, Yelkoti Mahadev.

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