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Jejuri - Khandoba

Jejuri Khandoba temple, Pune district, Maharashtra Jejuri Khandoba temple, Pune district, MaharashtraMeditation: I meditate on Sri Khandoba abiding in Jejuri.

Jejuri: Jejuri is a famous pilgrimage of Sri Khandoba. Jejuri is associated with the legend of Sri Khandoba vanquishing demons Mani and Malla.

- Sri Khandoba vanquishing demons Mani and Malla: According to legend when demons Madhu and Kaitabha were killed by Lord Vishnu, two more demons rose from them known as Mani and Malla. By performing penance and pleasing Lord Shiva they became invincible and could be killed by Lord Shiva only. The demons began to harass the rishis. Sage Narada advised them to seek refuge on the Dhavalagiri hills (near present Jejuri hills). The rishis took shelter there and asked refuge from Indra deva. Indra deva directed them to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu in turn directed them to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva assumed a terrific form of Rudra known as Martand Bhairav and attacked the demons with a huge army with Skanda as the leader. The demons were finally killed after a terrific battle but before death they asked for the boon that their names be associated with God there.

• Jejuri Khandoba temple is located in the Pune district of Maharashtra.


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