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Bahiram – About Hindu God Bahiram

Bahiram is closely associated with Hindu God Shiva and is widely worshipped in the Amravati region in Maharashtra. One belief is that Bahiram is a corrupt form of Bhairav. The deity is also believed to be the guardian deity of the betel leaf gardens. Bahiram is also associated with the Khandoba worship in Maharashtra.

The most popular temple dedicated to Bahiram is located near Karanja-Bahiram around 20 km from Achalpur. The temple is located atop a hill, locally known as, Bahiram hill, and is around 3 km from Karanja-Bahiram.

The murti (idol) worshipped in the temple is Swayambhu, appeared on its own. The murti is 6 feet high and 8 feet to 10 feet in width.

Bahiram is the kuladevata, or family deity, of many families in Maharashtra. Barias of Maharashtra annually go on pilgrimage to temples dedicated to Bahiram.

The main offerings to the deity include sindhoor, butter, coconut, lowers, red lead and parched rice.

Prayers are offered to Bahiram by couples for healthy children. The deity is believed to give relief to mental and physical distress.

The annual festival dedicated to Bahiram is held from Margashirsha Shukla Paksha Panchami as per Marathi Calendar and attracts thousands of devotees.