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|| Jay Hari Vitthal ||
|| Shri Hari Vitthal ||

Pandharpur Wari is an yearly pilgrimage to Pandharpur, Maharashtra, Bharat. Pandharpur is the seat of Hindu god Vithoba also known as Vitthal, Pandurang, Hari.


This pilgrimage to pandharpur is carried our thrice a year namely, Ashadhi Wari, kartiki wari, and Maghee wari.
Ashadhi wari starts in hindu calendar month named Jyeshtha and after 21 days pilgrimage reaches Pandharpur on 10th day of lunar calendar month Ashadh.
on 11th day of lunar calendar Ashadhi Ekadashi is getting celebrated by few thousands people who walks with many Dindis in Wari.
In hindu month of Kartik and Magh also similar kind of event if been celebrated.
Out of these many dindi or palakhi in Wari, Sant Dnyaneshwar dindi and Sant Tukaram dindi is considered as two main and big dindis.
Sant Dnyaneshwar dindi starts from Alandi (Pune district in Maharashtra) and walks through Pune - Sasvad - Jejuri - Lonand - Taradgaon - Phaltan - Natepute - Malshiras - Velapur - Shegaon -Vakhari and finally reach at Pandharpur to conclude the Wari.
Sant Tukaram Dindi starts from Dehu (Pune District in Maharashtra) and walks through Akurdi - Lonikalbhor - Yavat - Varvand - Baramati - Indapur - Akaluj - Vakhari and finally reaches to Pandharpur to conclude the Wari.
Thousands of people walk through these Wari and after 21 days of walk finally reaches to pandharpur to celebrate Ashadhi Ekadashi ( THAT IS TODAY).
Nowadsys few thousands people walk through sant Dnyaneshwar and sant Tukaram palakhi but this pilgrimage was there even before the birth of Sant Dnyaneshwar and Sant Tukaram.
Sant Dnyaneshwar's father, Vitthalpant used to bring his children to Pandharpur with wari.
The whole is divided into a sub groups called as Dindi. There are more than 200 Dindi on each route.
Each dindi has between 100 and 500 members.
The palkhi is at the centre of the Wari procession and around half the number of Dindi are ahead of the palkhi and the other half are behind.
All Dindis are assigned their number and position in the procession and the sequence is strictly followed. The timetable of Wari route is published well in advance and is strictly followed.
It is well defined and minute details are made available including starting location, the location of breaks including lunch, rest, night stay location.
Every morning, early dawn, after worshiping the Sanits footwear, the palkhi sets out at 6am. A Tutari (wind instrument) is blown thrice to alert all Warkaris.
At the first signal, all Warkaris get ready to leave. At the second signal, the dindis stand in the queue as per designated sequence and at the third signal, they starts walking. After 4 to 5 km, they take a quick break for breakfast.
The person who walks through Pandharichi Wari is called as Varkari and all these Varkaris together form popular varkari cult in Maharashtra.

pandharpur Sant Namdev praises Pandhari (Pandharpur) by saying,
आधी रचली पंढरी । मग वैकुंठ नगरी ।।
जेव्हा नव्हते चराचर । तेव्हा होते पंढरपूर ।।

Meaning : Pandhari was there even before Vaikunth.

To describe river passes through pandharpur named Chandrabhaga, he mentions,
जेव्हा नव्हती गोदा गंगा । तेव्हा होती चंद्रभागा ।।
Sant Dnyaneshwar mentioned about Wari in one of his abhang as,
साधु संत मायबाप तिही केले कृपादान ।
पंढरीचे यात्रे नेले घडले चंद्रभागा स्नान॥
Further Sant Namdev mentioned about Ashadhi Wari and Kartik Wari in prayer of pandharpur vitthal as,
आषाढी कार्तिकी भक्तजन येती ।
चंद्रभागेमध्ये स्नान जे करिती।।
दर्शन हे कामाचे तया होय मुक्ती।
केशवासी नामदेव भावे ओवाळती।।
Many thousands people participates in this auspecious event of pilgrimage.
पंढरीचा वारकरी | वारी चुको न दे हरी ||
Also they pray to pandharpur vitthal not to let people miss this pilgrimage (wari) due to any reason.
During this pilgrimage Wari event, people considers each other as some kind of saint or pandharpur and they treat each other likewise.
Hence this wari is on eof the best event to re-establish and flourish humanity among people of varkari sampraday.
Pandharpur Wari plays great role to bind people with each other during this auspecious event.

|| Jay Hari Vitthal ||
|| Shri Hari Vitthal ||

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