There is a temple in Maharashtra named 'Khandoba Temple'. In the temple, people worship Khandoba Mahadev. Who is he?

  • In Hindu context Mahadev always refers to Maha Shiva. Khandoba Mahadev also known as Martanda Bhairava is a form of Shiva himslef. see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khandoba Commented Dec 24, 2015 at 9:50
  • SrikanthMyakam's answer is right!
    – Goltu
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 16:42
  • Khandoba/Malhari is actually Martandabhairava - the Tantrika form of Surya. Due to the epithet Bhairava in his name, people mistake him to be a form of Shiva.
    – অনু
    Commented Apr 15, 2023 at 2:43
  • @অনু If Surya Martandabhairava, do he mentioned in scriptures?
    – Boovanaes
    Commented Nov 10, 2023 at 14:31

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'Khandoba Mahadev' is a form of Shiva worshipped to around Maharashtra. He is a kuladevata, or a local deity, and a look through the old census records show that nearly every Maharashtrian family listed him as one of the gods to whom they prayed. Since he's a local deity, he doesn't actually appear in any original texts, so there aren't any primary sources for this, though there is an extensive Wikipedia article about him.

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