What Is Ashadhi Wari Palkhi? Explore It Through 10 Mesmerising Photos

By: Aakash Singh | June 22, 2024

The palkhis are processions carrying the revered symbolic footwear (paduka) of Sant Tukaram Maharaj and Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj

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They commence their journeys from Dehu and Alandi respectively and reach Pandharpur on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi after 21 days

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Traditionally, the Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi halts at the Inamdar Wada in Dehu on the night of its departure, while the Palkhi of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj halts at Gandhi Wada in Alandi at night

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Upon arriving in Pune city, both Palkhis take a rest day—the Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi at Nivdunga Vitthal Mandir and the Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi at the Palkhi Vithoba Mandir

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The following day, both Palkhis begin their separate journeys towards Pandharpur

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Warkaris of all ages—both men and women—participate in the journey

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During their journey, the administration ensures the availability of clean drinking water, mobile toilets, health services, and other necessary provisions for the warkaris

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The citizens of the areas through which the processions pass take darshan of the revered symbolic footwear and even donate food, clothing, etc., to the warkaris

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Upon reaching Pandharpur on Ashadi Ekadashi, the devotees take a sacred dip in the Chandrabhaga (Bhima) river before proceeding to visit the Vitthal temple

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The tradition of palkhis in Maharashtra spans many centuries and continues to this day

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