According to Richard Maxwell Eaton, author of A Social History of the Deccan ,  Vithoba was first worshipped as a pastoral god as early as the 6th century. The people of Gujarat add the suffix – nath Lord to Vitthala, which yields the name Vitthal-nath. The founder of the Hindu sect Pushtimarg — Vallabhacharya — is believed to have visited Pandharpur at least twice and was ordered to marry by Vithoba called Vitthalnath or Vitthalnathji in the sect and have children so that he could be born as Vallabhacharya’s son. Eaton, Richard Maxwell Rukmini is traditionally viewed as the wife of Krishna. Ek Mahasamanvaya , opines that Vithoba worship may be even older—” Vedic or pre-Vedic”, hence pre-dating the worship of Krishna. Stories of Indian Saints:
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Chief eastern entrance of the temple, with houses the “Namdeva chi Payari”. The scholar Sharma considers Vithoba worship first emerged in Karnataka, only later moving to Maharashtra.
He is generally considered a manifestation of the god Vishnu or his avatar og, Krishna. There are a lot of myths and stories related to this temple.
Vithoba – Wikipedia
Devotion in any form reaches God swiftly. However, Varkari consider Vithoba to be the svarup original  Vishnu himself, not an Avatar manifestation of Vishnu like Krishna,  despite legends and consorts linking Vithoba to Krishna.
All these texts describe the legend of Pundalik. The Warkaris start marching from their homes to the temple of Pandharpur in groups called Dindi procession to reach on Aashadhi Ekadashi and Kartiki Rakhumxi. Krishnaism Vaishnavism Krishna Janmashtami Holi.
The moon waxes over the bright fortnight Shukla Pakshafrom day 1 to day 15 full moon day ; and it wanes over the following dark fortnight Krishna Paksha until new moon day. Studies in a Devotional Tradition of India. Singh, Kumar Suresh; Mehta, B.
20170729_173804_large.jpg – Picture of Vitthal Rukmini Temple, Pandharpur
Along with the Dindi procession, seva to the poor and needy is done reflecting that Lord is in all forms. In the Ashadi Ekadasi festival, people from every faith and religion participate. For other uses, see Panduranga disambiguation. Vithoba is depicted as dark young boy. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Regional and Vernacular Variations on a Hindu Deity. The Experience of Hinduism: We feel best when we touch the Lord’s Lotus feet. Pandharpur festival Two young boys with white caps and kurtas. It is the main centre of worship for Vithobaa form of the god Vishnu or Krishnaand his consort Rakhumai. In some traditions though, Vithoba is also worshipped as a form of Shiva.
Vithoba Temple, Pandharpur
He is commonly perceived to be a historical figure, connected with the establishment and propagation of the Vithoba-centric Varkari sect. Articles needing additional references from April All articles needing additional references Coordinates on Wikidata Articles containing Marathi-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Commons category link is on Wikidata.
A dip in the holy river Chandrabhagaon whose banks Pandharpur resides, is believed to have power to wash all sins. Vltthal is also credited with building Vitthala’s temple at the then capital city Vijayanagara modern Hampi.
Stories of Indian Saints: It is the most visited temple in Maharashtra. For, Padha Darshan To touch the Lotus Feet of Lordthere is an entrance which leads to the queue complex outside the temple. Pandharpur festival Sadhu or religious person, Front profile.
When Pundalik came out, he begged for pardon but far from being displeased, Krishna was taken over by Pundalik’s love for his parents and granted a boon. More than Fifty Palkhis of saints assemble at Pandharpur every year. Vithoba is shown standing arms-akimbo on the brick thrown by the devotee Pundalik. He agreed to take the form of Vithoba, or God who stood upon a brick, and a temple came up there.