Showing posts with label Paithan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paithan. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where IS Paithan Tirtha In India?

 


Paithan is a city and holy location (tirtha) in Maharashtra, some 175 miles east of Bombay, on the Godavari River.

Despite its diminished importance in contemporary times, it has a long history as a commercial center and served as a vital stopover on the central Indian trade route from southern India to Ujjain.

Paithan has been known as the residence of Eknath, a prominent person in the Varkari Panth, a religious community focused on the worship of the Hindu deity Vithoba at his temple at Pandharpur, Maharashtra, since the sixteenth century.

The main features of Varkari religious practice are two pilgrimages in which all participants converge at Pandharpur on the same day.

Eknath still makes a symbolic trip to Pandharpur twice a year, with a palanquin (palkhi) carrying his sandals at the head of the procession.

~Kiran Atma


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Hinduism - What Is The Nimbarka Sanaka Sampraday?

 

(12th century?)  Nimbarka Sanaka Sampraday, one of the four Vaishnava ascetic orders, was founded by an ascetic, philosopher, and devotee (bhakta) of the deity Vishnu.

Nimbarka was a Telegu (southern Indian) brahmin who was born in the central Indian city of Paithan but spent most of his life in the northern Indian Braj area, where the deity Krishna is said to have dwelt, according to legend.

Nimbarka's philosophical perspective is known as dualism-nondualism (dvaitadvaita), which is a worldview in which God and humans are both the same and distinct.

While ancient Vaishnavas venerated Vishnu and Lakshmi as the heavenly pair, Nimbarka followed in their footsteps, focusing on Krishna and Radha.


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