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MTDC SHIKAR SIGNAPUR


MTDC SIKHARSIGNAPUR


Location :

 

Atop the hill there is The temple of Lord Mahadev is located atop a Hill in Shingnapur.

 

Shingnapur is located on the niche of the Shikhar Shingnapur hills, 40 miles away 


fromSatara and is a famous pilgrimage center in Maharashtra.


Legend :

 

The devotee called Somaya requested Lord to come his village, Harani, Taluka


 Purandar,District Pune which nearly 30 kilometers from Karanje. Lord Mahadev


 Mahadev (Shiva)accepted the request. The Lord told the devotee to build his temple


 at such a place thathe can see his temple of Shikhar Shinganapur located in Satara


 district nearly 90kilometers from Harani.

 

But there was already ancient open temple of Mahadev in village Harani which is now

 

called as Old Mahadev where already goddess Haranai was staying.

 

She annoyed and tried to leave the hill but Lord Mahadev tried to stop her but she

 

disappeared in the earth immediately. There are footprints of godess Haranai on the


 rockof the hill. Her small temple is also established on the top of the hill. The hill is


 called hillof Mahadev (Mahadevacha Dongar)

Description :

 

There are about 10 decendent families of the devotee, they are called as Bhagat. Every

 

year one family Bhagat has right to do service of god. The bhagat or his any family

 

member washes the Pind and ling of Lord Mahadev every day. There are two lingas in

 

the pind, one of god Mahadev and other of goddess Parvati. There are also small other

 

temples on the hill. There are two temples of Lord Bali at the foot of the hill.


Festivals :

 

The annual fair called Yatra in local language is held every year from Chaitra Shuddha

 

Ekadashi to Chaitra Shuddha Pornimaa. The period is somehow closer to month of


 April.There are five prestigious Kawadees ( manachya kawadee) and other about 20


 smallkawadees of every big family called kul or wada. Ordinarily one person of every


 family isserver of kawad called kawadya.On Ekadasi ,the first day fair, there is bath of


 kawad. The kawad is lifted by 6 kawadyas,

 

3 to front side and 3 to back side. Music of Halagi and daff is played by a person who is

 

primarily held from Matang community, there may be other halagiwala daffwala. The

 

kawad climbs the hill by fastening the strong rope to the kawad, other peoples help to

 

pull the rope. Five rounds (pradakshinas) are done by the kawad,then water from the

 

vertical bronze pot (gadava having capacity about 30 to 50 liters)is spred on the pind


 ofMahadev from outside of the temple or some devotee prefer to go inside the temple


. Thekawad halts there for a night and in the morning, all the 5 and other samll


 kawadeescome down in the village. There dance in the front of temple Lord Vitthal


 Ruhkmini forabout half to one hour,then the kawad is kept for during day in the 


house of the owner ofthe kawad.

 

On the second day of Dwadashi, same programme is performed but there meal to

 

kawadyas given by the owners of the kawad. On the third day also same program is

 

performed but on that day, there is tamashaa for entertainment of the villagers. On

 

fourth day , the all kawadees go the river Nira to bath and bring the water to bath the

 

god Mahadev.On the route of river, there Laptalwadi where peoples of Laptalwadi


 offerthe tea or sarbat to all the devotes. All kawadyas do bath in the river, bath is also


 doneby the kawad except her shid which is covered by clothes called patakaas. There


 is aartiof Lord Ganesh after bath. Then kawad is lifted to go to Mahadev. There is


 music ofhalagi and daff. During the return journey, the meal of Zunka and Bhakri


 (roti) of jowar orbajra is given to all the devotee from the respective kawad owners.


 The kawadees comein the village about 3 to 4 pm.in Harani.

 

The water is thrown to the godess Kalubai, god Bhairavnath, godess Tukai ,Kanhabai,


 godHanuman during the Pradakshina. Then all small and big prestigiuos kawadees


 performthe dance below the large tree of banyan for about two to three hours. During 


dance,there is also race to pull or to push the kawad between front three kawadees


 and rearthree kawadees for fun. After tiring, the race is stopped. Again the same or 


otherkawadyas lift the kawad and starts dancing in a manner to and fro for about 3- 4 


feets.

Almost all ladies, gents, children and guests come to see the dance.

 

During going to Mahadev, there is system to touch the body by kawadya other person

 

along with kawad. Some persons may prefer sleep on the earth, then body touched by

 

leg of all six kawadyaa in faith to avoid accidents and long life. In the evening, all

 

kawadees go the Mahadev to offer water of river Nira. Kawadees halt there on the hill.

 

Then after midnight of the fourth day i.e. early in the morning of fifth day about 2-3


 am ,all the kawadees come down in the village. There is ceremony called varat with 


DholLezim sound and dance.On this fifth day, there is programme of tamashaa till


 afternoon. After tamashaa, at theevening, there is programme of wrestling. The


 wrestlers from nearby villages come toplay. This ends upto 7 pm. There is prize to 


winners. Sometimes there is draw ofcompetition, then prize is distributed equally. In 


such a way fair is finished.After fair 5 days , there is programme of fulfillment 


of navas starts. Navas is a method tooffer god certain thing after fulfillment of the 


demand from god. In village Harani, thedevotee may offer the god that, if his


 particular demand is fulfilled he will give meal ofPuran Poli to all the villagers. The


 navas may be of one kawad or two or five kawadees.Water of river Nira or


 from Mahabaleshwar or river Krishna Dhom is offered. Afterfulfillment of demand


 from Lord Mahadev, the particular person who prayed for hisdemand does all the


 expenditure of kawad alongwith devotees to go river, meal,etc. The

 

kawad / kawadees climb/s throgh Mungi Ghat which is very diffcult to climb with help


 ofrope during evening. The Tirth offered to god. There are usual pradakshinas.


 KawadStops there for sometime, then come down where the programme of meal is 


kept. Thenavas is fulfilled except Monday and Amavashya.

 

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