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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 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 


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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