Vibhandak Rishi

Vibhandak Rishi

Vibhandak Rishi (Hindi-विभान्डक ॠषि) was the legendary Indian Hindu saint or Rishi of sage Kashyapa 's lineage. His son was Shringi Rishi - great saint of the Ramayan era of ancient India. His ashram was near Bhind town of Madhya Pradesh state, where he undertook great penance and austerities for ultimate realization of God. According to a story of "Vanparv"of Hindu Epic Mahabharat , there was an Ashram of Vibhandak Rishi in the area of Kaushiki Devnadi river. "Kaushiki Devnadi" river is identified as Kunwari or Kwari river. The name of Bhind town is named after this great saint. An ancient temple of Vibhandak or Bhindi Rishi is still located at Bhind. According to classic "Parmal Raso", King Prithiviraj Chauhan encamped in the dense forest at the" Samadhi Sthal" (place for memorial) of Vibhandak Rishi, while going to fought with Chandels in the "Battle of Sirsagarh" and defeated their commander Malkhan. It is also stated that Pandavas, during their banishment, visited his Ashram. This place is now the location of "Van Khandeshwar" Temple of Lord Shiva built by Prithiviraj Chauhan.

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