Khandoba Mandir, Maharashtra

Khandoba Mandir

Location: Located near Shri Sainath Hospital, is the Khandoba Mandir is of great religious and historical significance. It is opposite to the bus stand on the Ahmednagar Road.

Description: Dating back to 500 years, Lord Khandoba is the main deity of Khandoba Mandir. Lord Khandoba, a form of Lord Shiva, is the regional Hindu deity of the people of Maharashtra and worshipped as Martand Bhairava. There is an interesting legend associated with this temple. It is believed that a sage came along with a marriage party and put his first foot in Shirdi under the banyan tree outside this temple.  Mhalsapati was the priest of this temple at that time and he was the one who welcomed the sage by saying “Aao Sai”. Since that time the same sage became popular worldwide, whom we all know by the name Sri Sai Baba. Upasani Maharaj, a devotee of Sai Baba, was told to stay at this temple for four years for God-realization. In the year 1920, he renovated the temple and idols of Sai Baba and Mhalsapati were installed in the shrine.

Activities: Champa-Shashti is a main Hindu festival celebrated by the devotees every year in the honor of Lord Khandoba. On this day, religious inclined people walk on ember to show their devotion towards the Lord.

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