The Vitthal Temple holds Lord Vithoba as its primary deity, as it is believed to be a local incarnation of Lord Krishna. The black idol of Lord Krishna along with Rukmini, is a primary attraction of the temple because of their unique construction and colouring. Earlier, devotees used to rub there back on the scriptures present on the walls of the shrine, as they believed it would assist them in getting rid of the cycle of birth and re-birth. It is said that the shrine and the idols present in it, date back to the year 1195 AD. Special celebrations are held in the temple during festivals like Navaratri and Dusshera, during which, the deities are garbed in specially made clothes. Special offerings and meals are also a part of the celebrations.
Saint Tukaram Bhavan, Near Shri Vitthal Mandir, Pandharpur, Maharashtra 413304, India