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Panduranga Swamy Worshipped At Chilakalapudi In Machilipatnam Andhra Pradesh

Panduranga Swamy is widely worshipped in Andhra Pradesh. The most famous temple dedicated to the deity is located at Chilakalapudi in Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Panduranga Swamy is a manifestation of Hindu God Vishnu – the murti worshipped is similar to Lord Vitthal worshipped at Pandharpur Temple in Maharashtra.

Panduranga Swamy Worshipped At Chilakalapudi In Machilipatnam Andhra Pradesh

Panduranga Swamy is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu – more precisely a manifestation of Bhagvan Sri Krishna.

Legend has it that moved by the devotion of a devotee named Pundalik towards his parents, Sri Krishna decided to visit the home of Pundalik.

It is said that Pundalik was so engrossed in his duty towards his parents that he made Bhagvan Shri Krishna wait. Pundalik gave a brick for Sri Krishna to stand.

Later when Pundalik came out, he asked the Lord forgiveness for making Him wait. Lord Krishna blessed him and asked him to ask a boon. 

Pundalik said what more can I ask when the Lord himself waits for me.

When Lord Krishna insisted that he ask a boon, Pundalik asked that the Lord should remain on earth and bless and take care of His devotees.

Sri Krishna thus remained on earth as Vithoba or Vitthal – the Lord who stands on a brick. Lord Vitthal is also popularly known as Panduranga Swamy.



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