God Photos: Unique Temple Of Lord Vishnu In Female Form

Friday, March 16, 2018

Unique Temple Of Lord Vishnu In Female Form




Mohini, became an important part of "Samudra Manthan" in which she acquires "Amritas" from demons and gives it to Devas to make them immortal. This is the place where Lord Vishnu as Mohini severed the head of the demon Rahu.

Shri Mahalasa Narayani the beloved Goddess was resident of this small village called Nevase in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district, for a long, long time.
However, She was, and is still, known as “Mohiniraj”, in all Her glorious incarnation as Mohini of the Samudra Manthan fame.
Shri Mahalasa Narayani is present in the form of Ardha Nari Nateshwari, since the right half of the idol has masculine characteristics, i.e, of Lord Vishnu.

Nevase is also known as the “sasurwadi” or father-in-law’s home of Lord Khandoba of Jejuri, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Shri Mohiniraj is the first wife of Lord Khandoba, the other being Parvati. (For more see Chronicles).
Shri Mohiniraj’s temple was constructed during the reign of one Shri Gangadhar Yashwant Chandrachud, a Jagirdar in the year 1773. Later, Muslim invaders smashed the temple and threw the idol into the Pravara river.
In the beginning of nineteenth century, the Goddess appeared in a devotee’s dream, wherein she asked him to recover the idol from the river and re-install it.

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