Āḷandī

A small town of the Maharashtra State, about 23 kms. (15 miles) from the city of Pune (Poona), it has acquired the status of a pilgrimage centre by its association with the greatest saint of Maharashtra, Sant Jñāneśvar or Jñāna-deva. The saint was born in A. D. 1271 here; and again it was here that he gave up the body in yoga in A. D. 1296. Thousands of devotees still believe that he lives in his subtle body in the cave where he went into samādhi.

Every year, on the eleventh day of the dark half of Kārttīka (November—December), the day on which Jñāneśvar is said to have attained samādhi, there will be a huge congregation of devotees here to get his blessings.

See also JÑĀNEŚVARA.