|The chief gate of Vitthal's temple, facing the Bhima River. wikipedia|
|Panduranga (sri Krishna) and Rukmani. you tube.|
|Pandharpur MH, India .researchgate.net|
On Mahadwar ghat there is temple of bhakta (devotee) Pundlik. Legend has it God Vitthal came here to meet his ardent disciple bhakta Pundlik who was busy serving his elderly parents that time as part of his daily duty. He offered brick ( vit) for Vitthal to stand for some time. Since then Vithal has been standing and it is said, 28 yuga is gone by - too long a time to explore. So, when Aarati is shown before the deity as part of Puja, pundits mention " yuge atthavis (28), vithevari ubha. From it, we can infer that this temple is a pretty one - as old as the main Vitthal-Rukmini Mandir in Isbavi area of Pandharpur known as Wakhari Va Korti Devalayas and also known as Visava Mandi.
Most of the tourists here are Hindu pilgrims as there are four yatra's every year. Among them, the annual Yatra to the famous Vithoba Temple at Pandharpur known as Pandharpur Wari or Ekadashi and Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadashi Wari, Ashadhi and Karthikai yatras are popular and bring in lots of people from all over Maharashtra and neighboring states. Pilgrims with overwhelming devotion and commitments, usually undertake barefoot walk covering hundred of miles all the way from their hometown to get to the temple. The purpose is to get blessed by the lord and their wish fulfilled. This shows how much such devout Hindus repose trust in the Almighty - Lord Sri Krishna
|Vihoba (sri Krishna) temple, Maharastra. pinrest.com|