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Library & Dispensary

Near the Hermitage “Vaanprasthashram”, Library and Dispensary Building has been built up by the government. The library will consist of the books about Lord Parshuram, History of Konkan, All Religious Rituals and others. Library will be open for all including Villagers, Devotees, Hermitage Residents and BhaktaNiwas Residents.Dispensary will also be available for everyone who needs medical aid or help. Doctors from different Categories will be visiting the dispensary regularly for different types of disease cure. Dispensary will also consist of emergency Ambulance and firstaid services.

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Sanskrutik Bhavan

Many Devotee’s, Pilgrims and people coming in Lord Parshuram temple have a desire to perform some religious ritual such as Marriage, Havan, Thread ceremony ‘Munja’, etc in Parshuram temple for having blessings of Lord Parshuram. Yearly many pilgrim Groups from nearby villages come here for 7 days continuous Chanting of ‘Harinaam’. In accordance to this Lord Parshuram Trust Committee decided to construct a monument where all this rituals can be performed without any disturbance of other people to pilgrims. With the funding provided by Government of Maharashtra, trust constructed a monument named ‘Sanskrutik Bhavan’. The building is 2 storeys and has a capacity of 1000 persons sitting at a time. The rates for this monument on rent are affordable and all the required things for rituals including ‘Bhataji’ are provided here on behalf of trust. Even food arrangement for 1000 people will also be available if prior bookings are done. This monument is in her class a fully furnished building with all the facilities required and soon will be available for all.

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Hermitage ( Vaanprasthashram)

The Government of Maharashtra has given concent to built a hermitage for the senior citizens. The primary construction is completed and the furnishing work is in progress. Near about 40 gents and ladies senior citizens living arrangement will be done here in coming days. The place is very quiet and enchanting for everybody. The Weather here is very pleasant. Near the hermitage building there is a Library and Medical help service centre, which will be open all the time. The view from hermitage is quite pleasant where you can witness the enchanting scenery of chiplun city and river Vashishthi. Devotees are appealed to donate free handedly for this divine cause so that it is convenient for the trust to provide Lodging, Boarding, Mess and other services to Senior Citizens free of cost.

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Employee Residency (Karmachari Nivas)

Presently Native residents work in the temple on various posts in various divisions.

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The cowpen

Before 300 years,Habitat was not there on Mahendra hill. In the village Pedhe on the banks of river Vashishthi, there were fields and farmers who used to live there. Those farmers took their cattles towards Mahendra Hill for grazing. The elders were busy in their farming and the children used to go for grazing their cattles. But one of the cows never gave milk for many days. The farmer suspected his son that he used to drink milk and scolded him. The hurt cowherd kept the watch on cow.
One day he found that on one place that cow used to release her milk.Almost in tears that cowherd went to home. He told the fact to his parents. Those parents accompanied by the neighbours went to that spot in the forest on Mahendra Hill, where todays temple of lord Parshuram is situated. They observed the spot very keenly, and they were astonished. They cleaned the surrounding and found the “Swayambhu Sthan” original medium sized stone which had divine spirit in it. Those farmers became devotional towards the almighty and constructed a small chamber around it.
The cowherd who watched the cow offering her milk on Swayambhu Sthan chased the cow to catch her. But to his great surprise, the cow disappeared suddenly at the bottom of the hill. The cowherd with his family searched the cow everywhere and at last built a small hut on the place where cow disappeared.The Farmers everyday started offering milk and water on the Swayambhu Sthan and started performing pooja regularly. In the respect of that divine cow Temple Trust has started construction of Cowpen (Goshala) in front of Lord Parshuram Temple. All the devotees will be able to take darshan of the cow here.

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Paramhans Brahmendraswami

Lord Parshuram, who is worshipped throughout Indian continent, is believed to be Lord Vishnu’s reincarnation. He is also believed to be an immortal and Guru Brahmendraswami is credited with the important task of preserving his legacy. Guru Brahmendraswami is himself also considered to be a miracle in the history. Guru Brahmendraswami was born in Dudhawadi in Beed district of Maharashtra. His original name was Vishnupant Kulkarni. His father was a priest but the family was very poor. Immediately after his thread ceremony, in 1657, both of his parents expired leaving him alone. The young Vishnupant was interested in the study of spiritual and religious issues. He went to Rajur and started meditating in the Ganesh temple there.

Roughly around that time Aurangjeb, the then Muslim ruler, had established himself in Aurangabad. He had started his attack on and destruction of temples. He had already destroyed the famous Kashi Vishweshwar temple and the Keshav Mandir in Mathura. He continued with his attacks in Marathwada as well. After his meditation for 12 years in Rajur, Vishnupant Kulkarni left for Kashi and continued his studies under the expert guidance of Shri Dnyanedra Saraswati. After the completion of his studies, he went back to his place and started on a pilgrimage. While he was travelling thus, on the banks of river Godavari, he had a vision and he knew that Lord Parshuram is meditating on Mount Mahendra. On his way back from Rameshwar, Vishnupant Kulkarni visited Dhamani, a place near Chiplun. He stayed there in a cave and continued his prayers and meditation.  
The Muslim ruler, Nabbab of Janjira was troubling the people in the area then. He was exploiting people and harassing them physically as well. Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj (Descendent of Shivaji Maharaj) was fighting a battle to bring peace in the life of those people. Guru Brahmendraswami helped Rajaram Maharaj in his efforts. Swamiji was influential and could persuade the Nabbab to release two very important Maratha soldiers, Santaji Bhosale and Dhanaji Jadhav from his captivity. Shri Kanhoji Angre, another Maratha warrior too became a disciple of Swamiji. When Kanhoji became the Maratha Admiral of the Navy, Swamiji gave him Rs.74,000/- to build a warship. Later, Rajaram Maharaj won Dhamani and gifted it to Swamiji. Swamiji was popular with the Muslim rulers also. It is evident from the fact that the next Nabbab of Janjira was impressed by him and gave him the two adjoining villages-Ambdas and Pedhe as a gift to Swamiji.
Initially, Swamiji used to stay in the small Parshuram temple. Then in 1708 he started renovation of the temple. The work continued for 10 long years since the temple was on top of the mountain. It was difficult to carry building material to the top. It was difficult to get workers to get as well. Money was scarce. Therefore, Swamiji used to travel to adjoining kingdoms and collect donations from the kings and rulers. Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj took personal interest in the work of the temple. He visited the site several times with his queen. The colossal work of building the temple is a miracle in itself. After completion of the the Parshuram temple in 1718, the Siddhivinayak (Ganesh) temple was built. It was followed by Maruti Temple, Ban Ganga, Gangamata temple and Renukamata temple. Guru Brahmendraswami also built Dharmashala (free lodging for the devotees). A Shiva temple was built and the perennial stream of water was diverted to the Parshuram temple. A temple of Gurudatta was erected near a small lake. Deepmala (a tower of lamps) and Nagarkhana (a place where live music was played every morning and evening) was built. The account books show that Swamiji could collect a huge amount of Rs. 100000/- for the temple. The Siddi of Janjira sent Shri Tambe to assist Swamiji in the management.
Guru Brahmendraswami has contributed, spiritually, to a large extent towards the Maratha kingdom. All the Peshwa rulers were his disciples. Balaji Vishwanath,who later became the first peshwa, had taken shelter with Swamiji after witnessing the cruel deeds of the ruler of Janjira, Siddisat. Swamiji sent the young Balaji to kanhoji Angre and he, in turn, sent him to Chhatrapati. He later became the Peshwa . Peshwa Bajirao, Chmajiappa and other Peshwas became Swamiji’s disciples.
Guru Brahmendraswami was aware of the needs of the local people. He built canals and small dams to overcome the problem of water shortage. The remnants of the walls of the canal can be still seen in the villages. He brought some priests for the rituals in the temple. Slowly, the area around the temple was populated by people from all castes and creed. The villages gifted to Swamiji provided the necessary resources for the temple administration and for the people living there.  The colossal work of Swamiji is evident from the historical documents and manuscripts, and from his letters written in Modi language. He was revered not only by local people and by his devotees but also by his enemies. It is said that once, the Siddi of Janjira attacked the Parshuram temple and destroyed everything after stealing the temple treasures. However, later, he was scared of Swamiji and offered to return the treasure. Of course, Swamiji denied it and rebuilt the temple.  
Guru Brahmendraswami lived a long, blissful life of 96 years. He died on 26th July 1745 on the banks of river Krishna. In hisnlater days, at the age of 72 he shifted to Satara on the behest of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj, since it was difficult fo Swamiji to travel that far frequently. The Chhatrapati gave him three villages- Dhavdashi, Veermade and Aanewadi- as a gift. Swamiji created a replica of the Parshuram temple in Dhavdashi spending Rs. 200000/-. Another temple of Meru Linga was built by him on a mountain 4000 ft. high. In Sholapur, a temple of Bhuleshwar was built. In his native place, Rajur, he built temples as well as mosques. To provide livelihood to the unemployed, he built lakes. Tree plantation campaigns were also run by him in Maharashtra. He is credited with the first Cooperative Society to fight problems like famine. His memorable work towards preserving the legacy of Lord Parshuram is noteworthy. It is because of him that we are blessed with the opportunity to know Lord Parshuram and his great deeds. The idols in the Parshuram temple have been replaced by the trustees in 1994 since the originals were damaged due to rituals and time. The present ones are a gift from Advocate Atre from Sholapur.   

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