Wednesday, December 28, 2011

ALANDI - SIDDHESWARA MANDIR

ALANDI - SIDDHESWARA MANDIR

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Alandi, the seat of Nath Sampradaya enshrining the Jnaneswar Maharaj's samadhi is a small town of unique spiritual significance. It is also a premier centre of Advaitha matha and hence turned out a great pilgrim town of all India importance. It contains several objects of veneration that detain the visitors for hours. Among them, Siddheswar mandir takes precedence over others. It is adjacent to the Samadhi of Jnaneswar and forms an integral part of it. The Sivalinga now worshipped has been existing since the Vedic times. The prayer services offered here follow the Saivaagamas, though Maharastrian customs greet the eyes of the visitors. There is a big size Nandi installed in a beautiful raised mandap and is placed at the entrance. The Sivalinga resembles in size and shape of the Bhimashankar of Sahyadri and receives all types of services as observed in the Siva Mandirs.

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