Rituals and Sacred Space of Pandharpur, India

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The small town Pandharpur, situated about two hundred kilometres south east of Pune, is one of the most popular sacred places in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is dedicated to the god Vithoba who is considered to be an incarnation of Vishnu in the form of Krishna. Pandharpur and Vithoba plays a very important role in the religious life of the so-called Varakari Sampradaya which goes back to at least the time of Jnadeva or Jnaneshvara in the second half of the 13th century. In fact the religious life of the town is to a great extent dominated by the presence of this Sampradaya, and the great yearly pilgrimage in the bright half of Ashadha (June-July), at which processions from all over Maharashtra join in Pandharpur is one of the most spectacular religious events in the region. Until comparatively recent the knowledge of the history and concept of Pandharpur as a sacred town has been completely dominated by the literature of the Varakari Sampradaya. In this paper I shall, however, be dealing with two Sanskrit mahatmyas, both called Pandurangamahatmya, and the ideas found therein with regard to the rituals and sacred space of Pandharpur.
TitelHoly Places & Pilgrimages: Essays on India
Antal sider24
Udgivelses stedNew Delhi
ForlagShubhi Publications
ISBN (Trykt)81-8290-228-2
StatusUdgivet - 2011
NavnPlanes Earth & Cultural Understanding Series
NummerPub. 8

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