PEDHE

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Location : Near Chiplun, Maharashtra
Presiding Deity: Parashurama (Lord Rama)
Also Known As: Kshetra Parashurama


Pedhe is a small village, popularly known as Kshetra Parashurama, located five miles from Chiplun. The temple dedicated to Parashurama is situated on the top of a hill. The village gained prominence only because of the temple.

The Temple

The architecture of the temple is very simple. The temple has a large rectangular enclosure surrounded by brick and stone walls pierced by arched gateways. The plan is formed by, a sabhamandap, the easternmost part of the scheme, a central mandap, and a garbhagriha. The eastern gateway is the biggest and a drum-house i.e. a nagarkhana surmounts it.

The Idols

The Garbhagriha houses three idols together and is quite dark. The central one is that of Parashurama, to his right is that of Kala and to his left is Kama. The image of Parashurama is important iconographically, the lower right hand is in the Abhaya' Mudra, the upper right carries an arrow, the upper left a bow, and the lower left a Parashu or battle-axe. All the three images carry weapons in their hands. It is believed that these images were installed in 1779 AD by one Parachure from Guhagar near Cbiplun. Before this people used to worship a rock on the same spot as swayambhu image of the god.

After coming out of the temple one can find in the same courtyard a small Hanuman temple in front of the main shrine. To the north is a small Ganesh shrine that houses an image of Ganesh with the trunk turned towards the right and a female image locally known as that of Ganga. There is a small structure behind the Parashurama temple devoted to Renuka his mother. Nearby is a kund known as Banaganga, supposedly created by Parashurama with his arrow-Bana.

Legend

According to the prevailing legend it is believed that one day a cow stood over a particular spot and let her milk flow down on it this act was repeated day after day, which puzzled the cowherds. A person had a dream in which Parashurama appeared and informed him that he was staying in a 'Gupt' or secret non-visible form at the spot. The spot was worshipped then onwards by some devotees. Later on it gained prominence and took the present form.

HOW TO GET THERE

Regular bus services are provided by the State Transport to Chiplun. Tourists can hire taxis from Chiplun.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the small budgeted hotels in Chiplun.



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