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(11th/12th century ce?)

A near-mythical saint connected to the instigation of the Viṭhobā temple cult at Paṇḍharpur. According to a foundation myth, given in the Pāṇḍuraṅgamāhātmya (part of the Skanda Purāṇa), Puṇḍalīka, a reformed character, who had become entirely devoted to his parents, was interrupted one day by Viṭhobā, seeking hospitality. Barely pausing in his ministrations to his father, Puṇḍalīka threw a brick for the god to stand on, clear of the mud, while he waited. This is said to be the same brick upon which Viṭhobā now stands in the temple. Puṇḍalīka himself is worshipped in a separate samādhi in Paṇḍharpur.

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