Pandavwada at Erandol (Jalgaon) sanctified by the presence of Pandavas!

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The gift of glorious history obtained by Bharat by through the ancient monuments

There is a village named Ekchakranagari, from the Mahabharat era, located at a distance of 27 kilometres from Jalgaon city in the taluka of Erandol. The ancient name of Erandol is Eranvel or Arunavati and it is situated on the banks of river Anjani. Before the war of Mahabharat, the Pandavas lived in this village of Ekchakranagari while in exile. The house in which they stayed is known as Pandavwada. 15 kilometres from Erandol, at Padmalay, Bheem had slayed the demon named Bakasur. Even today 1.5 kilometres from Padmalay one can see the Bheemkund, the milling stone used by Bheem and traces of the war between Bheem and Bakasur. Bheem’s vati (Drinking cup) is also seen today in Erandol. The well located near the Pandavwada is also known as Draupadikup. Several tourists visit Pandavwada and Padmalay of the Mahabharat era. This house is even recorded in the official gazette of the Government by the name Pandavwada. Few years ago, the school syllabus included a chapter on Pandavwada because of which the school students would make educational trips here.

Ancient designs of lotus flowers are scribed on the stones near the entrance of the Pandavwada which spans over an area of 4515.9 sq. metres. A Dharmashala is located adjoining the house, which is usually found only next to Hindu temples. On entering, there is open space on either side with walls having several windows embellished with designs of lamps and lotuses. As per Hindu architecture, the house culminates in a sanctum sanctorum just like a temple, with place for installing idols.

-Mr. Sunil Ghanwat

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