Where there are devotees, Sri Vitthal is there. He is the God who follows the devotees. Parab—hmm is a coin. One side of him is devotees, the other side is Sri Vitthal. At the chanting of Vitthala, the devotees forget their body consciousness and start dancing with joy. Wherever there are devotees, Vitthal lives with them. The company of devotees is the happiness of Vitthala, while the sight of God is the satisfaction of the devotees. That’s why Warkari visit Pandharpur. This Vari is on Haridini, Ekadashi. Today (Thursday) is Ashadhi Ekadashi. On that occasion…
Thing is, Jyeshtha and this Ashtami in Shaka 1734 (AD 1832). Khandoji Bua and Shirvalkar, warkars loyal to Arfalkar, Taskar and Khandesh. As per the order of Gnanadev Maharaj, Arfalkar came to Gnanadev temple in Alandi as per the vision. All four prostrated to Mauli. The protestors chanted the name of Pundalik Varade Hari Vitthala. Gnanadeva, Tukaram’s name was announced. Mauli’s shoes were taken on the vein. They went round and waited for Pandhari saying Vitthal, Vitthal, Vitthal. From this moment the palanquin started. Arfalkar, Shirvalkar, Taskar, Khandoji Buwa left for Pandharpur. Warkaris from villages, villages, Vidarbha and Konkan, Andhra and Karnataka started going to Pandharpur, chanting Naamsankirtan on Ashadhi Ekadashi. Ekadashivratastha Vitthal devotees started coming to Pandharpur for Vishnu Shaynotsavam. Individually, the Varkaris with their respective Fadas started going for the darshan of Sawala Vitthal. The coming of Varkaryas and Vitthal devotees to Pandharpur is a continuous activity. This process has started; But this is not the end, this is the direction of warkarya.
The Dindi of the Varkaryas, Vari started from Dwarka. Krishnadev is in Dindiravan. So Rukmini left Dwarka for Dindiravan. Behind her came Gopvrind from Gokula. Radha came. Rukmini, Radha, Gopvrinda-Gopal came to Pandharpur for Krishna darshan. Here Krishna is in the form of Vitthal. The place where Krishna appeared as Vitthal was the place of Dindish Shiva. Here Shiva was famous as Yeti, Yogi, Janat by the name of Dindish. The word Dindish, a name also occurs in inscriptions from Karnataka. All three names Dindish, Dindirvan and Dindi are famous in Warkari sect, Vitthal Bhaktavarga.
This Dindish is also famous as Shiv Pandurang. From the name Pandurang, the village name Pandarge came to be known in Kannada language and inscriptions. Vitthal of Pandharpur is mentioned as Pandarge Vitthal in an inscription dated 1159. This article is in Sanskrit, Kannada language and was engraved on the Pandharpur temple. In this article, it is mentioned that King Veer Someshwar of Karnataka came to Pandharpur for wari. Pundlika is also mentioned in the same article. From here we start getting three-four inscriptions. From that we get information about Namdev-Jnanadev and Varkari, Phad and Varkari sects of earlier times. If we track this information, it comes up to 450. Vitthala was worshiped in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Central India, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Konkan, Vidarbha, it is known from copper plates and inscriptions, and Vitthal devotees of the pre-Jnanadev era are found. We know the Varkari sect of Jnanadeva-Tukaram and post-Tukaram till today; But copperplates and inscriptions help to understand the nature of Pundalik, Jnanadeva, Namadeva and the Varkari and Varkari sect of their period. Puranas also help.
Pundalika of Pandharpur is mentioned in Skanda and Devi Bhagwat Purana. Skandapurana has 12 chapters of Pandhari Mahatmya. However, all three are quite ancient. Matsya Purana, which is counted in the ancient Puranas. In this Purana Pandharpur is mentioned as Lohdand pilgrimage site Pundrikpur. Age of Matsya Purana. A.D. 500-600 is. The mention of Pandharpur and Bhaktaraja Pundlika as Pundarikapur in this Purana makes it clear that the Puranic tradition of Pundarika was widespread in Saka 422. In this Purana there is a copperplate of Pandurangapalli. From the study of this copper plate and Matsya Purana, the period of Pundalik Maharaja and his fame as Bhaktaraja was widespread in 350-400 CE and Bhaktaraja Pundalik was preceded by Jnanadeva-Namdev by a thousand years. Since then Vitthal has been standing on the brick to meet his devotees.
The pilgrims who come to Ashadhi for darshan of Shri Hari stand for hours and slowly move forward. When you come to the Mahadwara, the step of Namdev begins. After offering salutations to Namdev, they start walking towards Garudastambha from Mahadwara. Taking the shelter of this Garudastambha, Tukaram Maharaj has sung the praises of Sri Vitthala from Abhanga. Garlands of Kar Katavari Tulsi. In such a form the eye is green. The feet placed on both the bricks, such a form green eyes. Kati Pitambar kas Mirvali, show me such an idol? The eagle stood on the silver, eight
Mansi techi form? Zuroni is going to be a cage now. Let’s meet Pandharinath. You say my desire to provide. The request should not be discouraged.
Pandharpuri appeared on Bhimatira in the form of Parabrahma Vitthal for the visit of Bhaktaraja Pundlika. At that time Shri Vitthal’s beauty was divine. Along with them were Rukmini Devi and Radha. The revealed God was standing on a brick. Both hands were placed on the waist. There was samcharan and the vision was on Nasagra. Lord Vitthal was Srikanth. His eyes were beautiful like lotus. Varna was blue like a cloud. God was singing his praises in his melodious voice. Also, all the devotees were engrossed in the Sankirtan of Shri Vitthala, as the Ashtasattvik spirit was awakened. So while all the Shruti were engrossed in his unceasing praise, Sarvasiddha stepped forward and joined in. Then how will the brahma-realized jnani be left behind? This is Shri Vitthal, beloved by the devotees, who started singing hymns of Shri Vitthal of God with great satisfaction.
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