Alandi/Dehu : Deccan Express – Pandharpur Wari 2021 : The annual palkhi processions of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj and Sant Tukaram Maharaj left for Pandharpur today in special buses amidst chants of Harinam and bhajans and following the Covid-19 protocol.
The annual walkathon from the pilgrim towns of Alandi and Dehu have been banned due to the pandemic.
The Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi procession left Alandi at 9.15 for Pandharpur amidst chants of Harinam, hailing Sant Dnyaneshwar and singing bhajans. The state government has provided two special Shivshahi buses for the palkhi procession.
Earlier, Palkhi Procession Head Vikas Dhage-Patil performed a Mahapuja of the silver Padukas (symbolic footprints) of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj. A special puja was also conducted at Samadhi Mandir (the main temple) of Sant Dnyaneshwar. A kirtan (traditional sermon) was held before the palkhi procession at 7 am.
Meanwhile, the two special buses decorated with flowers were kept ready outside the Ajol Ghar (where the palkhi procession has halted for a couple of weeks). Palkhi Procession Owner Balasaheb Arphalkar carried the silver padukas in his hand and boarded the special bus.
District Collector Rajesh Deshmukh, Commissioner of Police Krishna Prakash, SDO Vikrant Chavan, procession head Vikas Dhage-Patil, Municipal Council President Vaijayanta Umargekar and others also performed a puja.
The Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi procession left Dehu at 9.45 am for Pandharpur amidst chanting of Harinam, hailing Sant Tukaram and singing of bhajans. The silver Padukas are being carried onboard a special Shivshahi State Transport bus. The state government has provided two special Shivshahi buses for the procession, in which 40 representative warkaris, accompanied by the police started their journey to Pandharpur.
Nitin Maharaj More performed a Mahapuja at 4 am. A Puja of the silver Padukas was performed at 5.30 am. A kirtan was held at 7 am before the palkhi procession. Meanwhile, two special Shivshahi buses decorated with flowers were kept ready, accompanied by the police personnel, outside the main temple. Later, the representative warkaris boarded the buses. Around 9 am, Palkhi Procession Head Bhanudas More carried the padukas in his hand and boarded the special bus.
District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh, Commissioner of Police Krishna Prakash, SDO Vikrant Chavan and others were present. The palkhi procession will be completed following all instructions related to check the spread of Covid-19.
Once all leading palkhi processions reach Vakhari, 1.5 km away from Pandharpur, the wakaris accompanying these processions will proceed on foot to Pandharpur.