Khandoba is the amsha of Lord Shiva and contains his features, and he is worshipped mostly by the people of Maharashtra. For most of the people in Maharashtra, especially for the villagers, he is considered as the Kula Deva (family deity). He is the warrior god, who is worshipped by the people, in order to get all kinds of prosperity in their life. He gives boldness and great strength to us, and protects us from our enemies.
Lord Khandoba is also worshipped by the tribal people living in the forest and mountains. He is worshipped by the people irrespective of their caste, creed, community and religion. He is considered similar to Bhairava and Veerabhadra, and the popular temple of Lord Khandoba is situated in Jejuri in Maharashtra.
Khandoba appears with the divine weapons such as sword, trident, and drum. The vehicle of the deity is a horse and he can be seen along with a dog, since he resembles Lord Bhairava in appearance. He is worshipped as Muneeswara and Mallikarjuna by the South Indian Devotees. Hundreds of years ago, he appeared in the dream of the cowherds and asked them to build a temple for him in the present location of the temple at Jejuri, Pune.
It is believed that Lord Shiva had taken the form of Khandoba in order to destroy the demons. And the place, where he killed the demons is situated in the present day Khandoba Temple at Jejuri in Pune, Maharashtra.
Apart from the temple at Pune, Khandoba has got several other temples for worship:
- 1. Temple at Pali, Satara district, Maharashtra.
- 2. Temple at Mailkarpur near Bidar, Karnataka
- 3. Temple at Naldurg, Osmanabad district, Maharashtra.
- 4. Temple at Mailara Linga, Dharwad district, Karnataka.
- 5. Temple at Mangasuli, Belgaum district, Karnataka.
- 6. Temple at Komuravelli, Siddipet district, Telangana.
- 7. Temple at Satare, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra.
- 8. Temple at Mailaralingeshwar temple at Mailapur, Yadgir district, Karnataka.
- 9. Khandoba temple near Kalgaon, Dist. Hingoli.
Let us worship the great god, and be blessed.
“OM SRI KHANDOBA NAMAHA”
“OM NAMAH SHIVAYA”
“JAI PARAMESWARI ANNAIYE NAMAHA”