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All About Pandharpur Yatra : 9 july 2014

Ashadhi Ekadashi or Ashadhi this holy day is of special significance to Vaishnavas, followers of Hindu preserver god Vishnu. On this day images of Vishnu and Lakshmi are worshipped, the entire night is spent singing prayers, and devotees keep fast and take vows on this day, to be observed during the entire chaturmas, the holy four month period of rainy season. These may include, giving up a food item or fasting on every Ekadashi day. It is believed that Vishnu falls asleep in Ksheersagar - cosmic ocean of milk - on Shesha nāga, the cosmic serpent. Thus the day is also called Dev-Shayani Ekadashi (lit. "god-sleeping eleventh") or Hari-shayani Ekadashi (lit. "Vishnu-sleeping eleventh") or Shayana Ekadashi. Vishnu finally awakens from his slumber four months later on Prabodhini Ekadashi - eleventh day of bright fortnight in the Hindu month Kartik (October–November). This period is known as Chaturmas (lit. "four months") and coincides with the rainy season. Thus, Shayani Ekadashi is the beginning of Chaturmas. Devotees start observing the Chaturmas vrata to please Vishnu on this day. A fast is observed on Shayani Ekadashi. The fast demands abstainance from all grains, beans, cereals, certain vegetables like onions and certain spices.

Pandharpur Yatra 2014

This day, a huge yatra or religious procession of pilgrims known as Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadasi Waari Yatra culminates at Pandharpur, in Solapur district in south Maharashtra, situated on the banks of the ChandraBhaga River. Pandharpur is main center of worship of the deity Vithoba, a local form of Vishnu. lacs of pilgrims come to Pandharpur on this day from different parts of Maharashtra. Some of them carry Palkhis (palanquins) with the images of the saints of Maharashtra. Dnyaneshwar's image is carried from Alandi, Tukaram's from Dehu, Eknath's from Paithan, Nivruttinath's from Trimbakeshwar, Muktabai's from Muktainagar, Sopan's from Sasvad and Saint Gajanan Maharaj from Shegaon. These pilgrims are referred to as Warkaris. They sing Abhangas (chanting hymns) of Saint Tukaram and Saint Dnyaneshwar, dedicated to Vithoba.

About Pandharpur Wari 2014

The PANDHARPUR WARI is unique from all different manifestations of journeys like the "yatra" in an assortment of ways. In any case, it is an aggregate type of BHAKTI (love) regularly attempted as an augmentation of family custom. It has a decided ahead of time planned and course and has no reason other than sheer love. The "yatra" on the under hand is embraced by people whenenever it seems best to an assortment of gods for individual reasons. Taking an interest in the WARI is its own particular prize and Panduranga the solitary object of love. The WARI is a microcosm of the incomprehensible organizations, sub-groups, standings and exchanges that go into the making of the state of Maharastra – as men, ladies, junior and old individuals from varying backgrounds, age and socio-budgetary status stroll close by one another, never for a minute being mindful of their disparities or status. Most whimsical is the conviction that the Lord Vithhal anticipates this gathering with his enthusiasts (bhaktas). The energy to meet Lord Vitthal and the tedious droning of RAM-KRISHNA-HARI refrain throughout the walk are bringing together bonds among distinctive people groups all termed WARKARIS. No different customs spot the WARIKARI skyline not at all like in the "yatra" where host of rituals and ceremonies are recommended and must be stuck to. In short, WARI is synonymous with yearly journey by walking to PANDHARPUR and the WARKARI alludes to the passionate enthusiast of Lord Vitthal.

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