Pune: Baramati Member of Parliament (MP) Supriya Sule visited Jejuri’s Khandoba temple in Pune district along with her husband Sadanand Sule for the ‘darshan’ at the shrine on the occasion of Mahashivratri. According to the tradition of the temple, Sadanand Sule climbed the temple stairs carrying his wife in his arms. Sule couple offered worship and applied ‘haldi’ (turmeric) on Khandoba idol.
Khandoba, Martanda Bhairava or Malhari, is a Hindu deity worshipped as a manifestation of Shiva.
Sadanand attempts to lift 42 kg sword
Every year a festival is organised on the temple premises on the occasion of Mahashivratri. There is a tradition to play Holi using a solution of turmeric powder. Devotees try to lift a 42 kg sword with their teeth and Sadanand also attempted to lift the sword with his teeth.
The temple of Khandoba in Jejuri has been built on the top of a small hill. A devotee needs to climb almost 200 steps to reach this holy place. Sadanand carried his wife in his arms while climbing the steps. Although he could not climb 200 steps with Supriya in his arms, he carried her for some distance.
Supriya had met Sadanand at a family friend’s home
Supriya worked for a newspaper in Pune. She met Sadanand Sule — who was doing a job in America at that time — at the house of a family friend. Sadanand is also Bal Thackeray’s nephew (sister’s son). Later, Balasaheb Bal Thackeray and the then prime minister Chandrashekhar took initiative for their marriage.