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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It says that two shivlingas appeared at Prempuri, the place where Khandoba killed the demons. The reluctant Banai was married to Khandoba, the shepherd in disguise at Naldurg.

A 12th-century Jain author Brahmashiva claims that a Jain, who died in battle after a display of his valour, was later named as Mailara.

The benefits of sleeping on the mahaatmya. Traditional Maharashtrian families also organize a jagaran as part of the marriage ceremony, inviting the god to the marriage.

Dhere and Sontheimer suggests that the Sanskrit Mahatmya was composed around — AD, mostly by a Deshastha Brahminto whom Khandoba is the family deity. Mhalsa is piercing a demon’s chest with a spear, while a dog is biting his thigh and the horse is hitting his head. 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.

Story of Malhari Mahatmya (Khandoba)

Hindu deities and texts. Home Map Site Map. Initially, Dhrutmari was defeated by Mallasur and then Marthandabhairav defeats Mallasur in the subsequent battle.

Lord Shiva took the form of Martandabhairav and led the army. 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.

Powered By Versatile Software. For six days a fast is observed. Throughout his development, Mailara is looked upon as a lower manifestation of Ishvara God by Lingayat and Maharashtrian bhakti saints. He is called Mallu or Ajmat Khan Rautray by Muslim devotees, and many times portrayed as being a Muslim himself in this context.


Often folk songs tell of their quarrels. There, she felt in love with God Khandoba.

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Khandoba revealed his real form to Banai on their way back to Jejuri. Mhalsa is described as jealous and a good cook; Banai is erotic, resolute, but does not even know to cook.

They laugh at Shiva. Indian Sociology Through Ghurye, a Dictionary. Crossing over the borders of present Maharashtra, Khandoba has been even worshipped by the hunters and gatherers of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka known as Mallanna and Mallaya respectively.

A separate shrine to Banai is situated halfway down the hill. Then, a coconut is placed on a pot filled with water and the pot is worshipped as an embodiment of Khandoba.

Marathi version calls this form of bhakti devotion as ugra violent, demonic bhakti. Possession by Khandoba, in form of a wind, is lower demonic worship pishachi worship. 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.

Mhalsa represents “culture” and Banai “nature”. Khandoba’s images are often dressed as a Maratha Sardar[6] or a Muslim pathan. 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. In a popular oleograph representation of Khandoba, [4] Mhalsa is seated in front of Khandoba on his white horse.

Though Shiva is worshipped across Maharashtra in his original form, some Maharashtrian communities prefer to worship him in form of his avatars, Khandoba being the most popular.

God Bhramha went to seat of God Vishnu and he saw a yellow germ. Khandoba is one of the most popular among the deities of Maharashtra. Manichurna hills Once the seven sages were happily spending their austere lives in their own respective hermitages set up in the Manichurna hills involving themselves peacefully in penance and contemplation. He is depicted either in the form of a Lingam, or as an image riding on a bull or a horse.


The name “Khandoba” comes from the words “khadga” swordthe weapon used by Khandoba to kill the demons, and “ba” father. Malhari Mahatmya is a literary work done in Marathi language that narrates the story of Khandoba.

Following this, Martandbhairav put an end to the arrogant demon Mani. The sages gathered together and approached Amaravati, the abode of the gods, seeking protection from Indra, the king of gods.

When god Bhramha saw the germ, he told the story to god Shankar. By the 13th century, wide worship of Malhari or Mailara is observed by kings, Brahmins, simple folk and warriors.

They meditated the Tripur mantra for one hundred thousand times, and an incident was happened. Mhalsa is believed to be a combined avatara of Mohini and Parvati.

On the dinine orders of Khandoba in a dream to Timshet, she nahatmya married to Khandoba on Pausha Pournima the full moon day of Hindu calender month of Paush in Pali Pembar. To avoid the quarrels of his wives, Khandoba gave the upper half of the hill to Mhalsa and the lower half to Banai. High Level of Yogic Practice Tummo. Soon, royals of this region started erecting temples to this folk deity, upsetting the elite class of nalhari religion mahahmya vilified Mailara.

While dying, Mani offers his white horse to Khandoba as an act of repentance and asks for a boon. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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