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Vitthal Darshan Aashdhi Ekadashi Youtube

Vaikunth of Lord Vithoba. It is also famous as the “Dakshin Kashi” of India and is situated on the banks of the divine river Bhimarati which is also pertinently credited as Chandrabhaga, owing to the anecdote behind it. Interestingly according to mythology it was only after bathing in this holy river was the cursed Moon liberated from its curse. Since then the river started flowing around here in the shape of a crescent moon. It is also a prevalent belief that on his way to Lanka Lord Rama visited this holy river. Hence devotees consider themselves to be blessed by taking a dip in this holy river as they strongly believe by doing this they will absolve themselves from sins or curse if any.
Lord Vitthal is believed to be the reincarnation of Shri Krishna and is one of the many names of Vithoba which is derived from the Kannada word Vishnu. The name Vitthal is also interpreted by many as “The one standing on the brick”. This legendary deity standing on a brick stylishly resting his arms on the hips, is enshrined in a majestic temple on the river banks is also fondly called as Panduranga
Pandhairiraya, Vithai, Vithu-mauli. Rakhumai or Rukmini is the consort of Shri Vitthal and Bhakt Pundalik was an ardent devotee of Shri Krishna. Due to his close association with this shrine, Pandharpur is also know as Pundarika pura.
It is believed that this magnificent shrine dates back to the Yadav dynasty and was known to be a miniature then. It is assumed that in the 13th century with the wide spread of the Vitthala bhakti that the temple boundaries must have expanded. This ancient sanctuary covers a vast area and has a total of six gates. Saint Namdev was closely associated with this shrine and in his honor the eastern entrance to this temple is named as the Namdev gate. The entrance to the main temple is from the Namdeo-Payri.
Many noted saints like Namdev, Tukaram, Dnyaneshwar have written and sung the praises of the Lord Vitthal. Millions of Varkaris from all over Maharashtra walk bare foot to Pandhrpur dancing and chanting to the tunes of devotional songs to celebrate “Ashadhi Ekadashi and Kartiki Ekadashi” twice every year. One finds devotees flocking to this temple on Wednesdays and Ekadashis of every month as they are considered to be auspicious. Apart from Ashadhi and Kartitki Ekadashis, Magh and Chaitra Ekadashis are too celebrated with pomp and fare.
Pandharpur is a small town in the district of Sholapur in Maharashtra well connected by rail & road to practically to all the cities of Maharashtra.

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