The annual Pandharpur Payi Wari from Dehu, Aalandi to Pandharpur in Maharashtra is begning on 9 July 2015 and Reaches Pandhrapur on Ashadi Ekadasi on July 27, 2015. This is a 21- day traveling by foot to Pandarpur thus known as Payi Wari.
In the Year 2015, the date of beginning of Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi from Dehu is 8 July; and Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi from Alandi begins on 9 July 2015.
Many other Palkhis from other holy towns and villages joins the Yatra on the way to Pandharpur.
The Pandarpur Waari tradition, no one knows exactly when the first Pandharpur Waari took place, many people approximately say it is thousand years old.
Other believes that, the parents of Sant Dnyaneshwar who initiated the first pilgrimage in the 13th century. Sant Dnyaneshwar also did the pilgrimage and there onwards it became a tradition.
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Saint Dnyaneshwar during his pilgrimage came into contact with common man and through his traditional spiritual songs, sang the glory of Lord Vittal, an incarnation of Krishna. He broke the Brahminical constraints and monopoly over Hindu scriptures and translated especially the Gita into the local language of the common man and popularized it.
The next renowned saint who initiated this Pandarpur Waari was Sant Tukaram. Saint Tukaram was devotional person who spread the message of Bhakti among the rural and poor people of the Maharashtra.
In 1685, the youngest son of Saint Tukaram introduced the Palkhi (palanquin) tradition. The ‘Palkhi’ tradition involves the carrying of the silver Padukas (footsteps) in a palanquin during the pilgrim’s journey from Dehu to Pandarpur. He also initiated the Padukas of Saint Dnyaneshwar from Alandi in a palanquin.
The tradition of the twin Palkhis continued up-to 1830 but, then it was stopped in 1830 due to some internal conflict in the Saint Tukaram family. Seniors in order to avoid the future problems, decided to broke-up this tradition of the twin Palkhis. There after they decided to organize two separate Palkhis. In this way the Sant Tukaram Palkhi from Dehu and the Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi from Alandi is initiated.
Today, apart from the Tukaram and Dnyaneshwar palki nearly 40 other palkis take part in the yatra. Nearly 250 groups, referred as ‘Dindis,’ join it from various places on the way. This year it is estimated that nearly half-a-million people will participate in the Pandarpur Waari.