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Dnyaneshwar Mauli Tukaram!!

Palkhi is a huge procession where devotees walk all the way up to PadukasPandharpur carrying the padukas (wooden sandals) worn by saint Dnyaneshwar in a palanquin and reciting bhajans and chanting shlokas in the praise of the saints of Maharashtra! It is one of the most eagerly-awaited events of Maharashtra. Devotees, popularly known as Warkaris, come to Alandi in Pune by foot and from here they collectively head for Pandharpur, reaching there on the Ashadhi Ekadashi. The procession starts one month before the Ekadashi.
 

The palanquin, made of silver and decorated with flowers, almost looks like a temple on wheels.

The Warkaris entertain themselves by playing various games and killing time until they reach Pandharpur. Halting at various villages on the way to Pandharpur, they are served meals by villagers who were unable to make it to Pandharpur but now gain their share of Punya. The Warkaris recite bhajans and kirtans, which are lyrical descriptions of religious stories in the nights. On reaching Pandharpur, they end their one-month long journey at the feet of the God Vitthal. The reason for the Palkhi is that after this day, according to the Hindu mythology, all the Gods go into a slumber for four months at a stretch. So this is the last day for the devotees to take a glimpse of their God.

 

 

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