|Panduranga Vittala of Pandharpur|
This brought about a complete change in him and he became the most devoted son. Now the
parents' rode the horses while the son and his wife walked by their side. By their love and affection,
the son and his wife urged the parents to give up the pilgrimage and return to Dandirvan.
One day it so happened that Lord Krishna, the King of Dwarka, while feeling lonely, was reminded
of his early days in Mathura. He particularly remembered his sports with the milkmaids, the
cowherd boys, and his love, Radha. Though she was dead, he longed to see her again. By his divine
powers he brought her back to life and seated her by his side. Just then his queen, Rukmini, entered
the room. When Radha did not rise to pay her respect, Rukmini left Dwarka in anger and hid herself
in Dandirvan forest. After some days, Lord Krishna set off in search of Rukmini. He first went to
Mathura, then to Gokul. He met the milkmaids and cowherd boys. They too joined in the search.
They went to Mount Govardhan in her search.
At last they reached the banks of the river Bhima in the Deccan. Krishna left his companions at
Goplapura, and he himself entered Dandirvan forest alone in search of her. At last he found her
and managed to calm her. Krishna and Rukmini came to Pundalik's ashrama.
But at that time Pundalik was busy attending
to his parents. Though he knew Lord Krishna
had come to see him, he refused to pay his
respect to the god before his duty towards
his parents was done. He, however, threw
a brick outside for lord Krishna to stand upon.
Impressed by Pundalik's devotion to his parents,
Lord Krishna did not mind the delay. Standing
on the brick he waited for Pundalik. When Pundalik
came out and begged God's pardon, Lord Krishna
replied that far from being displeased, he was
pleased with his love for his parents. Lord Krishna
then ordered him to worship Vithoba, or God who stood upon a brick.
An imposing temple was built at the place where Krishna
and Pundalik had met. Inside the temple stands Krishna's image on a brick. By his side stands the image of
Rukmini.This temple covering a vast area has a total of six gates.