Story of Malhari Mahatmya (Khandoba) – Malhari Mahatmya is a literary work done in Marathi language that narrates the story of Khandoba. Khandoba (IAST: Khaṇḍobā), Martanda Bhairava or Malhari, is a Hindu deity worshiped as a The legends of Khandoba, found in the text Malhari Mahatmya and also narrated in folk songs, revolve around his victory over demons Mani- malla. Explore More · Malhari Kulkarni. Follow. (Publications: 2 | Followers: 0). Mobile. Download. 0. Embed. Share. Upload. malhari mahatmya. malhari mahatmya.

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The Marathi version mentions offerings of meat and the worship malhaei chedapatadi — “causing themselves to be cut”, hook-swinging and self-mortification by vira s. Despite the efforts by Vishnu for peace, Mallasur declines and prefers a war.

After then meditate Japa my name for thousand times, so the enemies will destroy.

Gemini traits and personality. Then, a coconut is placed on a pot filled with water and the pot is worshipped as an embodiment of Khandoba. Hegadi Pradhan, the minister and brother-in-law of Khandoba and brother of Lingavat Vani Mhalsa, [18] the faithful dog that helps Khandoba kill the demons, the horse given by Mani and the demon brothers are considered avatars of VishnuKrishnaNandi and the demons Madhu-Kaitabha respectively.

Views Read Edit View history. Khandoba is said to be the divine incarnation of Lord Shiva that descended in order to put an end to the demons namely Malla and Mani. Retrieved 5 July The group seeks the protection from Lord Shiva Listening to their plea, Lord Vishnu in turn said it is right for all of them to seek the help of Lord Shiva in this matter.

श्री मल्हारी महात्म्य कथासार-Shree Malhari Mahatmya Kathasar – Anmol Prakashan –

Indra said it was beyond his powers to fight the demon and therefore advised them to put up the case to Lord Vishnu in Vaikunta. The legend tell of the demon Malla and his younger brother Mani, who had gained the boon of invincibility from Brahmacreating chaos on the earth and harassing the sages. An important part of the Khandoba-cult is navasa vow to perform service to the god in return for a boon of good harvest, male malharj, financial success etc.


Khandoba revealed his real form to Banai on their way back to Jejuri. The Sanskrit Malhari Mahatmya suggests offerings of incense, lights, betel and animals to Khandoba. Sometimes, Mhalsa, or rarely Banai, is described as seated behind Khandoba on the mahatmyya and fighting with a sword or spear. An annual festival marking this event is celebrated in Pali every Paush Pournima. Khandoba accepted a self-exile for 12 years by intentionally losing a game of chess Saripat to his wife Mhalsa.

For six days a fast is observed. By the 13th century, wide worship of Malhari mahatma Mailara is observed by kings, Brahmins, simple folk and warriors.

Story of Malhari Mahatmya (Khandoba)

Turmeric is offered to the deities. Stories you may want to read. High Level of Yogic Practice Tummo. The fourth wife Phulai Malin, from the gardener or Mali casteShe was a particular Murali and is thus a deified devotee of Khandoba.

Mhalsa is believed to malhsri a combined avatara of Mohini and Parvati. Lord Shiva took the form of Martandabhairav and led the army.

Story of Malhari Mahatmya (Khandoba)

Khandoba is a much-married god with wives from many communities, who serve as culMhalsa Avtartural links to the communities. A six-day festival, from the first to sixth lunar day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Margashirshain honour of Khandoba is celebrated at Jejuri, to commemorate the fight with demons Mani-Malla.

Both festivals have enactments of the battle between Mailar and the demons Mani-Malla. Possession by Khandoba, in form of a wind, is lower demonic worship pishachi worship. Angered by the demon’s request, Khandoba decapitates him, and his head falls at the malharii stairs where it was trampled by the devotees feet.


The priests here are Guravsnot Brahmins.

The cult of Khandoba has linkages with Hindu and Jain traditions, and also assimilates all communities irrespective of casteincluding Muslims. When Banai grew up, it was predicted that she would get mauatmya match at Jejuri. Banai was found by Dhangar shepherd, when she was abandoned malharu earth by an angry Indra. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Army of demons prepare for war. They laugh at Shiva.

Manichurna hills Once the seven sages were happily spending their austere lives in their malhrai respective hermitages set up in the Manichurna hills involving themselves peacefully in penance and contemplation.

Khandoba also fell in her love. The principle written source of the legend is Malhari Mahatmya Mallari Mahatmyawhich claims to be from the chapter Kshetra-kanda of the Sanskrit text Brahmanda Puranabut is not included in standard editions of the Purana. Sontheimer suggests that the cult of Khandoba is at least older than 12th century, which can be determined by references in Jain and Lingayat jalhari and inscriptions.

Traditional Maharashtrian families also organize a jagaran as part of the marriage ceremony, inviting the god to the marriage. Then, five persons lift the taliplace it repeatedly on the pot thrice, saying “Elkot” or “Khande rayaca Elkot”.