Religious fervor in the city as it is Ashadi Ekadashi

  • Religious fervor in the city as it is Ashadi Ekadashi
    Religious fervor in the city as it is Ashadi Ekadashi
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Nagpur: The name of Ashadi Ekadashi and Pandarpur Yatra goes hand-in-hand.  Pandarpur Yatra culminates on Ashadi Ekadasi and is of great importance in Maharashtra. The day is of a great significance at the Lord Vithal Temple in Pandarpur. People of the Nagpur city also celebrated the day with great religious fervor. The beautifully decorated statues of Vithal and Rukmini had a unique glow. People also performed prayers in front of God. 

The Palki of Tukaram Maharaj from Dehu, Palki of Sant Jnaneshwar from Alandi and numerous other Palki (Palanquin) carrying the silver Padukas of various saints arrives at Lord Vithal Temple in Pandarpur on Ashadi Ekadasi after a 21-day journey. Lord Vithal is an incarnation of Lord Krishna and is a popular deity in Marathi culture. To celebrate the festival, Warkaris and other followers begin walking to the temple in processions. In these processions, called Dindis, the devotees chant, pray and sing in the name of their god.

The Dindis also include Palkhis with the Padukas or foot impressions of saints like Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram, as if to allow these venerated saints to also take part in Yatra. The silvered Padukas come from places like Muktainagar, Trimbakeshwar and Paithan, converging at different points to arrive at Pandharpur on the day of Ashadi Ekadashi. Thousands of devotees also take a holy dip in Godavari River on the day and pay obeisance to Lord Rama at Kala Ram temple.

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