In Maharashtra the Pandhrapur Payee wari yatra attracts numerous farmers and common people from every part of the community. This Yatra an Alandi-Pandharpur Payee Wari is a Asia’s largest pilgrimage procession in which Thousands of people not only from Maharashtra but allover India will get involved enthusiastically. This procession is supposed to be initiated about Eight Centuries back. Almost 160 Palkhies will be the part of this procession from all over the country from North and South.
Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj and Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi Procession happens in the Hindu month of Aashad (June& July) every year Chanting with II “Jai Hari Vitthala” and “Gyanoba Mauli Tukaram” II
Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi starts from Alandi
and Sant Tukram Maharaj Palkhi starts from Dehu Village.
On the Ekadashi Day of Hindu Ashadh month these Palkhi reaches their destination Pandharpur. ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’ the most important Hindu festival celebrated on a large scale both in North and South India in the Hindu month of Ashadh Shukla Paksha.
This Eleventh day (bright moon) of the Hindu month of Ashadh is known as Maha Ekadashi or ‘Devayani Ekadashi’ because , it is believed that, on this day Lord Vishnu, will go in to sleep and will only awaken from deep slumber after four months on Prabodhini Ekadashi in the Hindu month of Kartik. These four months period from “Ashadhi to Kartika” is known as known as ‘Chaturmasa’.
This procession consists beautifully decorated Palkhi having the “Padukas” of the lord and the Palkhi procession consists of people collectively walking, singing and dancing the glory of the God Vithoba in what are called as ‘Dindis’. This custom of taking out a holy procession is said to have started in 1810.
This year the palkhi procession will be start on 19th of June and reaches Pandharpur on 12 th July.
Route of Paayi Yatra
Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi
Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi Yatra starts from Alandi . Halts of Paayi Yatra are fixed one, These are Pune, Saswad, Jejuri, Walha, Lonad, Phaltan, Barad, Natepute, Malshiras, Taradgaon, Bhandi-Shegaon, Velapur, Varkhari ( Here in Vakhari the Palkhis of Sant Dyaneshwar Maharaj and Sant Tukaram Maharaj meet ), and Pandharpur. The Yatra goes as per their schedule, some variations may takes place that allow days of rest in route. Many NGO’s and common people work for Comforts to the Varkaris.
Sant Tukarm Maharaj Palkhi
Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi starts from Dehu Village and reaches Pandharpur. The procession route is Akurdi, Pune, Lonikalbhor,Yavat, Varvand, Baramati, Indapur, Akluj, Wakhri and Pandharapur. People from all community irrespective of Social or Economic background involves them selves in the Ocean of Warkaries to worship with devotion. They have equal Identity in the eyes of Lord Vithoba.
Simply have a look on the Names of Our Saints, you find they are from all different communities and Caste ……………………….. Sant Dnyneshwar (Brahimin) Sant Namdav (Shimpi) Sant Sawata mali ( Flower vendor) Gora Kumbhar (Potter) Sant Chokhoba, Banka Maharaj, Nahari Maharaj (Gold Smith) Tukaram Maharaj (Grocer) Sant Sena Navhi (Barber) and even females also — Like Sant Janabai, Sant Muktabai, Sant Kanhopatra, Sant Bahinabai and so on ………….
Palkhi Procession Schudule
The pilgrims are known as ‘Warkaris’ and they walk in groups, that group is called as ‘Dindi’. The Journey from Dehu and Alandi to Pandharpur is called as ‘Wari’.
On their way to Pandharpur, the Warkari playes musical instruments like Veena, Mridunga, Dholkis and Chipli. Warkari also plays the traditional folk dance “Fugdi” with their contagious zeal and energy. Holding the saffron colored trishaped ‘patakas’ (Flags) in hands and Tulsi plants on their heads the Warkari proceeds in the Procession of Wari.
The Warkari walk bare foots near-about 450 kilometers during this procession from Dehu Aalandi to Pandharpur to worship the Lord Vitthoba. The time table of Palkhi is well defined and to be followed strictly by each one. Early morning after taking Darshan of Padukas procession takes off Exactly at Six O’clock. A Tutari (one type of Instrument ) Blown three times
First : To Get ready to Leave.
Second : To Get ready to Dindis to Stand in Que for Procession.
Third : The Procession Starts
After 4-5 KM walking the procession stops for Break fast. Then later on the procession stops for Lunch. Here first offering for God Vithoba is made. Another stop for Tea around 4-4.30 pm and exactly at Sunset the procession Stops for Camp or Night rest.
At last Waari reaches Pandhrapur chating with || राम कृष्ण हरी || जय जय राम कृष्ण हरी || राम कृष्ण हरी जय जय राम कृष्ण हरी || on Wednesday 12 July 2014, Ashdhi Ekadshi. The Waarkarie worships God Vithoba Mauli, Vithala, with great happiness and a Joyful tears in their eyes, with a request to their Loving God Vithoba to fulfill their wishes and give Salvation from their Sines which may be happened knowingly or unknowingly and Empower them to face the Truths in Life in upcoming Years.