The Pandurang is also known as Vithoba, Vitthal and mainly worshipped in Maharashtra and Goa. There are many opinions on the origin of the lord Pandurang. According to some the Vitthal is the form of Vishnu. There are a few who differs. Because, the main shrine of the lord at Pandharpur is encircled by the Shiva temples. There is also an opinion that lord Pandurang is the manifestation of local legends. The main deity at Pandharpur is depicted with a lingam and that is why the Shaiva connection gets prominence. In Hindu Mythology, there is also a manifestation of Harihar and it is a combination of the Lord Vishnu with Lord Shiva. It is probably a unique deity where two entirely different cults mingled the Shakta’s and the Vaishnava's. The priests of Pandharpur, of course dismisses the proposal and declares that Vithoba or the Pandurang is a separate God.