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Pandharpur is the spiritual capital of Maharastra. This sacred spot is called 'South Kashi'. It has been become holy by the residence of the 'Lord Vitthal and Rukmini' touching feels of all saints of the Bhagvat religion.

Pandharpur

Pandharpur is the spiritual capital of Maharastra. This sacred spot is called ‘South Kashi’. It has been become holy by the residence of the ‘Lord Vitthal and Rukmini’ touching feels of all saints of the Bhagvat religion.

First pandharpur

Pandharpur is situated on the bank of Bhima River. Bhima is also called ‘Bhirava’. Here Bhima River takes a crescent turn. Hence the name is given to Bhima as ‘Chandrabhaga’ means divided moon. Another story is told about the accursed Lord Moon bathed here, and he was freed from his curse. From that time the river has been draining as crescent. So people call it ‘Chandrabhaga’.

The Ancient Pandharpur

‘Pandhari Mahatmya’ is an ancient book. In this book, there is a description of Pandharpur i.e.
Page no. 5 Marathi line

पौंडरिकमीती खायात (khyat) तीर्थक्षेत्रच पूजीतम |

पांडुरंगसय ततरासते मूर्तिमान देवतोत्तम: ||

On the banks of Bhima River, this holy pilgrim-age is situated. In this pilgrimage Lord Panduranga lives in the form of idol.

For many centuries together millions of people have been coming to Pandharpur for pilgrimage. It is only one holy place where the pilgrimage is held in four dfferent months.

  1. Chaitri Pilgrimage (in the month of April)
  2. Aashadhi (July)
  3. Kartiki (November)
  4. Maghi (Feb)

Out of them Chaitri and Maghi is the biggest and most important pilgrimage of Pandharpur. These Pilgrimage are an essential according to the Pious people. Some pilgrims come to Pandharpur in every month. Pandharpur is the most important tourist place in South India.

Pandharpur is situated on the 1711 north axis and 7511 the east longitude in Solapur District. The population of Pandharpur is about thousand. It has municipality. There are 50 wards. Recently the area has been extended by municipality. It is situated in 7 k.m. area. There are 7 wells near the railway bridge in the Chandrabhaga River. Water is supplied through these wells.

In 1956 the Ujani Dam has been built on the Chandrabhaga River near Temburni. In 1956, there was a big flood to the Chandabhaga River. ¾ of city was immersed in water. Before 1999 there was the Narrow gauge railway. But now Broad guage is available.

Pandharpur Temple Timings

The daily Temple puja and Abhishekh, Rities of Shri Vitthal Rukmini

The time table of daily rities.
At 4.00 am – the main door is opened.
From 4.30 am to 6.00 am. – Kakad Arti and daily worship.
From 7.00 am to 8.00 am – Mahapuja.
From 11.00 am to 11.15 am – Maha Naivedya.
From 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm – Tulsi Archan Puja.
From 4.30 pm to 5.00 pm – Poshakh (Dress).
From 7.00 pm to 7.30 pm – Padya Puja
From 11.00 to 11.15 pm – Shejarati.

The Timing of Darshan 
6.00 am to 7.00 am, 8.00 am to 11.00 am, 11.15 am to 4.30 pm, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm, 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm, 10.30 pm to 11.00 pm

(The committee can do change in the timings of Darshan and daily rities according to occasion.)

For more details about the Puja and Rities please click here Daily Aarti and Puja

 

Pandharpur History

History of Pandharpur City and Shree Vitthal Temple

Long ago there was a brave king. His name was ‘Muchkung’. In the battle of Gods and Devils, Gods demanded help of the king. Making a great feat the king gave a great victory to the Gods, favorably disposed on his deed God told him to demand blessing. The king said, I am very tired, I want to rest now. If anyone brings an obstacle in my rest, he will be burnt by my eyes. Then he slept in cave, in the incarnation of Shree Krishna. The strongest cannot die devil ‘Kalyavan’ who by any weapons. Shree Krishna by trick brought him in where the king Muchkund and hide in the darkness. Kalyavan came in the cave. He saw the shawl of Shree Krishna, so he gave a strong kick to the king. As soon as the king Muchkund awakened from his sleep, he burnt the devil by his eyes. Then Bhagavan Shree Krishna gave darshan to Muchkund. He told the king all events. Then the king Muchkund begged to the Lord stand him as it is. Our Lord Shree Krishna has him front of Muchkund, promised his to complete his desire in the next life.

Thus the king Muchkund was borne as the name of great devotee Pundlik. He lived in ‘Dindir forest’ which was near to Pandharpur. To complet the promise shree Krishna came in Dindir forest, to find Rukmini. Pundalik hated his father and mother. His wife was an obstinate woman. He was set off to Kashi pilgrimage with his wife. On the road he lived in the Hermitage of Kukkut Muni. Kukkut Muni was a great devotee of his parents. He got a great strength by servicing of his parents. Many sinful persons take bath in the river. So they want to become soared, Hence our sacred rivers Ganga. Yamuna and Saraswati serviced in this heritage.  It was experienced by Pundlik that the rivers perched. He got knowledge and then he took a bath of service to His parents. Then he returned to Pandhari. He devoted his entire life in the service of his parents.

Seeing of his devotion about his parents our Lord delighted on him. He came near the Pundlik’s place, where he lived. He saw Pundlik lost in the service of his parents. Lord gave him darshan and blessings. Pundlik prayed him to stand on brick stone and wait. Lord approved his pledge. Pundlik put a stone brick for standing. The bank of Bhima River means the second ‘Dwarka’. Our Lord Shree Krisna has changd his form and become Shree Vitthal. From that time our Lord Vitthal has been standing on brick of his devotee Shree Pundlik. Vitthal means our Lord Shree Krishna.

 

 

Pandharpur Temples

There are lots of Temples in the Holy city of Pandharpur. Some of them are.

  1. Temple of Shri Vitthal
  2. Temple of Shri Rukminimata
  3. Temple of Pundlik
  4. Shri Lakhubai Temple (Rukmini Mandir)
  5. Ambabai Mandir
  6. Vyas Mandir temple
  7. Tryanbkeshwar Temple
  8. Panchmukhi Maruti Temple
  9. Kalbhairav Temple and Shakamabari Temple
  10. Mallikarjun Temple
  11. Holkar’s Ram Temple
  12. Shri Dwarkadhish Temple
  13. Takpite Vithoba Mandir
  14. Kala Maruti Mandir
  15. Namdev Mandir
  16. Gopalkrishna Temple
  17. Shridhar Swami Samadhi Temple
  18. Shri Dnyneshwar Temple and Shri Nath Temple

Beside there are many temples in Pandharpur. The Shri Ram Temple of Marvari community. The temple was erected on the ground of Ambabai temple. In the next there is the temple of Shri Vyas Narayan. Every year ramnavami (The Birthday of Ram) is celebrated.
On the Savarkar road there is another southern type of Vyankatesh temple. Managing of the temple is maintained by Marvari Community.

Besides there is the immolation of Late Prasad Maharaj Badave. Then Bhadgaonkar Ram Mandir, Kalika Mandir, Tukaram Mandir, Nivruttinath Mandir, Vateshwar Mandir, Belicha Mahadev Mandir, Amruteshwar Mandir, Tambda Maruti Mandir. These temples are on the road of circumambulation.

 

There are so many big and small temples in Pandharpur.

 

Other than these temples Bhima River Ghat , Chandrabhaga River Ghat is also worth seeing.

 

Places to see in Pandharpur Taluka

Vakhari

Vakhari is 3 km from Pandharpur, on the road of Pandharpur, Pune. Here is the immolation of a great disinterested person Saint Laxman Maharaj.

 

Khardi

Khardi is 18 km from Pandharpur on the road between Pandhjarpur – Sangola. The immolation of Saint Shri Seetaram Maharaj. The pilgrimage is held on Thusday.

 

Velapur

Velapur is 30 km from Pandharpuron the road between Pandharpur – Pune. The temple of ’Ardh Nari Nateshwar’.

 

Bhalvani

Bhalvani is a 19 km from Pandharpur between Pandharpur – Satara road. The temple of Shakambari.

 

Gopalpur

Gopalpur is 2 km from Pandharpur between Pandharpur and Mangalvedha road. Description already mentioned in the book.

 

 

 

Vitthal Temple Pandharpur

The location of the temple is on the middle of the vitthal hill (Vitthal Tekadi). The temple was very small in the period of “Yadav”. After 13th century the extension of temple might spread according to the devotion of ‘Lord Shri Vittal’. It is difficult to say exact period of the construction of the temple because a lack of proof. Different parts of the temple like ‘Ganesh Mandap’. Subharna – mandap’ and Garbhagar were built by different person. If we see the construction of the temple, we will see the part is different from another.

Before some years there was narrow road and many allies around the temple. Therefore there is a very rush. Then the rough outline of the city development has been prepared by the co-operation of Maharashtra Government. Now some improvements are being made. The pradakshina marg and palkhi marg are made broad. The Road from S.T. stands ‘Swa. Sawarkar path has been divided into two parts are made broad. The face of the temple is on Eastern direction. The east-west lengh of the temple is 350 feet and North-south length is 170 feet. The hight is 25 to 32 feet. The peaks of the temple are high. The peaks have been decorated by different idols of god and goddess and design. They have been painted. The blue and yellow light flows have been thrown on the painted peaks. During the celebration days there is a wonderful decoration of lights.

The temple has four doors for the entrance. The doors are used by different reason. On the east side, there are three doors.  1) The main gate or first door is called ‘Namdev darwaja’. It is called ‘Mahaddvar’ (a big door). Here ‘Namdev’ who was beloved of Lord Shri Vittal took self immolation in 1350 A.D. with his 14 family members. The step is called ‘Namdev Payari’. Every year anniversary day of Namdev is celebrated. The step is ornamented by brass metal. The right side of step there is the idol of Namdev. The pious people first take Darshan of this Namdev step without touching. There is a stand of water on the right side of the steps called ‘Vrundavan dam’. Next of Namdev step there is the self immolation of Saint Chokhamela. The urns of Saint Chokhamela’s were brought by Namdev built Chokhamela’s immolation. The restoration of chokhoba’s immolation made by the king of phaltan.  He built a big umbrella. This reference is given on the immolation. In this area there are two idols of Ganesh, Saraswati and two veergal besides of the chokhamela immolation. But now they have been replaced.
2) On the right hand of the Namdev step there is a big Indian fig tree. There is eastern face door adjacent of the temple which we can go into the temple. New Darshan mantap. A bridge has been built between Darshan Mantap and the temple.3) The third eastern face door which we call ‘Tati Door’. If you enter through this door, you will see ‘Kanhopatra temple’, ‘Laxmi Mandir’ and ‘Venkoba Temple.’ The temple has two doors on southern side. 1) First door for the ladies. 2) Second joined to Bajirao Padsali.

There is big and only one main door at the western side. It is called ‘Paschim dvar’. The vehicles stop here coming from S.T. stand and ‘Choufula’. You can park you vehicles there. This door is used for exit during celebrations.

On the Northern side there are three main doors.

  1. Rukmini door.
  2. Rukmini – Gopur door. If you can enter through this door, you will see the red stone Rukmini Sabha Mandap. Here religious rities like. ‘A narration punctuated by music (Kirtan), pearching of the devotion etc. is carried out.
  3. The entrance door of Bodhlebuva’s verandha.

Thus there are total nine doors.

After taking darshan of Namdev step, you have to climb some steps. At the entrance of the temple you can see stone mandap. It is narrow and small. On the left side of this mandap, there is an idol of ‘shri siddhivinayak’. Some people say that long ago here the idol of Lord Vitthal was placed. Now above the mandap there is “Nagarkhana”. Early in the morning and in the evening people play an auspicious music. Besides the ‘Nagarkhana’ there is a gymnasium. Now it is used for making ‘Prasad’. There is stored committee’s wheat meal flour.

You can see the lofty wooden mandap after Shri  Ganesh Darshan. It is called ‘Mukh Mandap or Mukya Mandap (main Mandap). Its east west length is 120 feet, south, North breadth is 60 feet, and the height is 45 feet. There is a ceiling which is made from teak tree. In the Mandap there are 30 feet’s two Vitthal Rukmini Committee and right side a cooking room of ‘Prasad’, this pavilion was built by ‘Peshwa and Badave’.

On the left hand there is place of holy basil. Here the immolation of the famous devotee of shri vitthal, pralhadbuva badve and kanhoba haridas. Pralhadbuva Badve was saint poet. He commutes on ‘Amrutanubhav’ in Sanskrut language. He wrote on ‘Shri Vitthal’. Anant Maharaj the poet after Pralhadbuva rescued the idol of ‘Shri Vithal’ from foreign attack. Kanhoba Haridas wrote the devotion songs on Shri Vitthal. Today his heirs recite the songs early in the morning. There is the ‘Swami Datta Temple’ on the left side & a 7 feet idol of Shri Samarth Ramdas Swami’. Besides there is ‘Geeta Study Room’, where daily Geeth is recited.
In the Pavillion there are many of various poems which are written on the wall, painted pictures of saints and information boards. Different ceremonies are celebrated in this pavilion. The celebration of Dahihandi is held on ‘Gokul Ashtmi’ and the main pilgrimage.

If you climb through the main pavilion, you can get ‘Treasure Pavillion’ of the length and breadth 50 feet by by 10 feet. There is big bell in the middle of the ‘Treasure Pavillion’ there is big bell which was dedicated by peshwa. On left side there is a ornamental house. Here three doors are to enter in the main temple. Middle door is covered with brass sheet. On both sides of the door there are two artificial idols of the Jay and Vijay. The two idols of Lord Shri Ganesh and Shri Shakambari are in the recess in a wall. We can see the face of lord Vitthal through this door and through the left side door we can go for feet Darsgan.

As soon as you enter the temple, you will see ‘Solkhambi Pavillion’ which stands on 16 stone pillar look like at Karnatak, Tamilnadu’s Temples. Artisanship on the stone is an excellent. There are 64 pictures of Mahabharat carved on the 16 pillars. The length of Pavillion is 64 feet and breadth is 42 feet and height is 12 feet. Also on the pillars you find there are the pictures of the 10 incarnation of Lord Vishnu. One pillar has a picture of one gunman. In the right corner there is a Saint Samadhi of famous Saint Tukaram Maharaj. In the left side of the pavilion is a pillar which is covered by silver sheet. It is called Garud Khamb (means ‘Eagle Pillar’) or ‘Puranaras Khamb ’. Purandardas was a great devotee of Shri Lord Vitthal who came from Karnataka. He wrote and played many devotional songs on ‘Shri Lord Vitthal’ by sitting near this pillar. Before going to ‘Darshan’ pious people embrace the ‘Garud Pillar’. There is a ‘Rangshila’ (Painted stone) in the Solkhambi. Here pious people leap by holding their ears and bow down to the Lord Vitthal. There are two wooden slippers in the right side. By request of Damaji Pant Lord Vitthal gave ‘Darshan to Badshaha of Bidar’. The worker of lord Vitthal gave blesses of Mantra the pious people.

The construction of the Solkhambi pillar might have completed in 1802.

Then there is the entrance of ‘Choukhambi Pavillion’. It has a big door which is covered by silver sheets. Both side of this door has two stone idols. One is of ‘Jay’ and another if of ‘Vijay’. Here is the right side you find Samadhi of ‘Vyasnarayan’.

Choukhambi Pavillion

Choukhambi Pavillion is on four pillars. A small door is at right side. Therefore it is called ‘Hatti Darvaja’ (Elephant door). Worshippers have to enter this door. The desire of worship is made on the ‘Rangshila’ (Painted stone). The Bedroom of Shri Lord Vitthal is at right side of the Choukambi Pavillion. In the bedroom there are bed with velvet was iras and round cushion throne, a circular cushion which are made from white cloth. This velvet bed is made for the rest of shri lord vitthal. The two silver stand lamps and silver utensils are made for ‘Shri Vitthal’. Daily carpet is made for Shri Lord Vitthal to go the room. A iron chain has been set from ‘Choukambi’ to ‘Chavaridhot’ for Darshan. The ‘Chaukambi’ has a wooden railing. The temple’s sanctuary has a wooden railing. The temples sanctuary has a door which has been covered by silver sheet.  The walls of sanctuary have been made up of marbal. So the pious people who came to meet Shri Lord Vitthal may inspire by the whole appearance. They have to get perpetual pleasure. They should forget themselves. They may forget all their sorrows and worries. You have to get by feet touching Darshan which is a rare. The pious people forget their consciousness.

The height of lord Vitthal’s dails is 3 feet. The dais which has based on four pillars and has been designed and covered by silver. The dais has with two caved cows on the both sides. The silver plate has been formed the back of Shri Lord Vitthal’s dais. There is also an image of the lamp stands and silver bell on the upper side. The arrangement is available for made water after the bath of Shri Lord Vitthal. It is called ‘Gomukh’ (The mouth of cow). The worshippers sit on the right side.

The height of light complexion idol of Shri Lord Vitthal is three and half feet and ‘Shivling’ on his head, with the hands rested on waist. We forget all our sorrows and when we see the slight smiling face of lord Vitthal.

The lord Vitthal’s idol has been coated a wave of joy flows their body.

Though the idol has been coated the pious people get pleasurable darshan of ‘Shri Vitthal’
The peak is 48 feet high. There are eight ‘Gopur’ (A building is built over) on the peak, it is simple but attractive and in three stages. On the bottom stage the pictures of the riding horses and elephants and the pilgrims who are lost in ‘Bhajan’. On the middle stage the pictures of ‘Ganesh’,  ‘Shakambari’, ‘Narshinh’, ‘Garud’, ‘Maruti’, ‘Shrikrishna’, ’Goulani’, and also Samarth Ramdas, Tukaram, Ghaitanya mahaprabhu. The temple is situated on the hill, so the peak looks like high and attractive. A red color flag waves on the peak. The pious people get pleasure by the darshan behind the peak. The peaks look attractive because they have been painted by attractive colors and a flood of light is thought on it. The peak might be of three hundred years.

In Surrounding of the temple

After darshan you have to exit through the south door. As soon as you get out, you will take darshan of ‘Ambabai’, ‘Narayanmuni’, and ‘Parshuram’ now a day’s these idols have been replaced in Mukti Pavilion, with a right trunk Ganpati.  Next the steps of the ‘Tati door’, there is the Samadhi of ‘Kanhopatra’. She was a dancer, who was a great devotee. Now you can see the Lord Vyanktesh Temple. It is a small and beautiful temple. After this, there is the ‘Sabhamandap’ where daily devotion programmes are held. You can get Prasad of Ladu and Khichadi every morning and evening. Then there is a temple of ‘Mahalaxmi’. In this temple you can see a beautiful idol of ‘Annapurna’. Next you can get west door where there are the idols of ‘Kanhaba’, Ganpati, ‘Nagoba’ and ‘Shrikrishna’. If you go further you will get the ‘Rukminimata temple’.

 

Daily Aarti and Puja at Temple

The idol of Lord Vitthal is self existed. He has an ornamental crown on his head. You can see the ornaments of Shri Vitthal embroider during the time of worship.  The ornaments of fishes are in ear, a garland of ‘Koustubmani’ in his neck. ‘Vatsalanchhan’ is on the heart.  Hand on his waist. The ornamental worship is done before the national celebration or religious celebration. Many kings and rich people dedicated golden ornaments to Shri Lord Vitthal.

Our Lord shri Vitthal is artistically decorated on the national celebration like ‘Gudhipadava’, ‘Divali’, and ‘Ramnavmi’. Now a day’s many people donate various ornaments to ‘shri’ Daily Rities.

Rities have dividd into two parts.

  1. Daily Rities
  2. Occasional Rities

Daily Rities are ‘Kakad Arati’, mahabhishek, afternoon worship. Dhooparti etc.  ‘Ashadhi’ and ‘Kartiki’ are two big pilgrimages big days and ‘Chaiti’ and ‘Maghi’ these two are small pilgrimage days. During this period the daily rities are closed. The temple is open 24 hours for darshan.  After the pilgrimages days and daily rities restart whole temple is washed.

On festival celebrations like ‘navratra’, ‘dasara’, ‘Diwali’, ‘Gudhipadva’, Gokul Ashtmi etc. There are occasional Rities. The Prasad ‘Khichadi’ is daily shown in winter days.

Daily Rities are held according to the traditional of ‘Vaidik’, Sanskrit mantras are recited within daily rities. Every rity is held according to the guidance of ‘Mantra’.

The Board has decided the fees for puja has been displayed in the temple. You should have to take permission of any kind of worship from the committee.

Shri Vitthal Puja Shri Rukmini Puja
1. Mahapuja Rs. 151/- Rs. 125/-
2. Padya Puja Rs. 51/- Rs. 51/-
3. Rajbhog Rs. 51/- Rs. 51/-
4. Tulsi Archan Puja Rs. 21 /- Rs. 21 /-
5. Prasad Rs. 5/- Rs. 5/-
6. Chandan Uti Puja Rs. 350 /- Rs. 350 /-
7. Dhvaj Rs. 11/- Rs. 11/-
8. Shri Satya Narayan Puja Rs. 11/- Rs. 11/-
9. Kunkumarchan Puja Rs. 11/-

At first receipt must be taken by the executive officer, Shri Vitthal Rukmini Mandir committee Pandharpur.

Details of Puja and Rities at Temple

1) Kakad Arati at 4.00 am

At the time of Kakad aarti, Shehanai and Choughada are played in peaceful and snared timing. The pious people gather in the temple and the doors are opened. The worshipper wills recite the ‘Mantras’. The Naivedya of Sugar and butter is shown to Shri. The old garlands and flowers of the idol are removed the dresses are also removed. After the worship of ‘Ganapati’, ‘Kalash’, ‘Ghanta’ (Bell). Shankh, Bhoomi (The earth). The worship of our Lord Vitthal starts. Within the worship, the worshipper recites the ‘mantra’. After worship the pious people sing ‘Arati’. ‘Kakada’ is completed by heartly.

2) 2. Madyanha Puja (mid day worship)

Mid day worship is held within 11.00 am to 11.15 am. Daily sweet Naivedya is shown expect ‘Ekadashi’.

3. Aparanha Puja (Afternoon worship)

The worship is held at 4.30 pm. changing of dress and Laddu, Kesharpati and Govindvida are dedicated.

4. Dhooparti

Dooparati is held within 7.00 pm to 7.30 pm Of this time. Gandh, Dhoop, Deep, Garland Tulsi are dedicated.

5. Shejarati (worship before going to bed)

This worship begins at 11.00 pm. The dresses are changed. At this time the worshipers recite Mantra. After aarti, Sugar is given to all presented people as a Prasad. After ‘Shejarati’ all worshipers go their homes. Everyone should see the worship. Then the doors are closed.
Above all rities are also held in Rukmini Mata Mandir.

Devkarye (The deeds of Gods)

1. Daily Mahapuja

In the morning a 7.00 am to 8.00 pm. The Maha Puja was held of Shri Vitthal and Rukmini. But now commonly 5 to 6 Mahapuja are held according to the rules of Mandir committee. As per rules the day and the receipt should be taken by the decision of committee.

2. Tulsi Archan and Kunkuma Archan

One thousand leaves of Tulsi (Holy Basil) are dedicated on Shri Vitthal’s feet. The water of turmeric Kumkum powder can be lad in the Rukminimata Temple. For this permission should be taken from committee.

3. Padya Puja (Feet Worship)

The Padya Puja can be done at right 10 pm to 10.30 pm. The permission should be taken from committee.

4. Prakshalan Puja

It is occasional worship. During the days of pilgrimage the daily rities are closed. Excent ‘Naivedya’. It is an important worship according to the science of religion. After pilgrimage a sacred day is seen. The whole temple is washed. The all ornaments are worn to shri Vitthal Rukmini. From that day, the daily rities restart by the worshippers of temple.

 

Rukmini Temple

After climbing the steps of Rukmini Temple, you can see the ‘Rahi and Satyabhama temples’. The idols are very beautiful and attractive. Besides the sanctuary of Rukmini temple, there are main four parts of the temple.

  1. Main Sanctuary
  2. Middle House
  3. Main pavilion
  4. Sabha Mandap  on the north side a room which is a bedroom of Rukminimata.

The doors of the bedroom are covered by silver sheet. There is a silver cot and velvet bed. A square beautiful step is in the sanctuary, Beautiful where goddess Shri Rukmini’s idol stands up. Her face is towards the east. Her hands are on her waist. After daily worshiping she wears ornaments and cloths. Her face is cheerful and after seen, her face the pious people says ‘Aaisaheb’ or ‘Matoshri’. The pious people plead her blessing. After darshan you can go the back side of the temple where you can take darshan of the peak. Then you can enter into sabha mandap. Recently the ‘Sabhamandap’ has been artificially built by red stone. You will get to see many pictures of ‘Rukminimata’. The pictures are based on the wedding story of Goddess ‘Rukminimata’, the beautiful attraction of ‘Rukminimata Temple’. The beautiful pictures of Goddess attract the pious people. There is a high stand lamp.

Within four months from July to Octombar and Navratra Mahostav many religious programs are held in ‘Sabhamandap’. During this period she is worshipped daily by different ways. The Sabhamandap is decorated by various blossoms of flowers.

There is a same place after you come upwards, there are many small rooms, and in these rooms you can see small idols if great Hindu Gods and Goddesses. At the end of this space there is a door. Through this door you can enter this ‘Solkhambhi’. There you will find an ancient inscription. You can see the names of donors on the inscription. The pious people rub their back on this inscription. They believe that after rubbing back a man can be freed from human life. In fact the inscription is becoming indistrct by rubbing the back of pious people. Now a day’s an iron net covered on the inscription.

After taking ‘darshan’ of all gods and goddesses you can come in ‘Solkhambahi’ where you can take darshan again of Lord Shri Vitthal.This Solkhambi has 3 doors on the side. On right side you can see again an important inscription.

After Darshan the pious people come in ‘Mahaddwar’ where there are small temples of ‘Shri Kalbhairavnth’, ‘Shri Shanaishwar’, ‘Shri Shakambari’, and next ‘Shri Kanhobaraya’. You can see a newly constructed shri Saint Narahari Sonar Temple in front of ‘Kanhobaraya Temple’. The temple is maintained by the goldsmith society. There is a historical tradition behind this temple. Near to the ‘Narhari Sonar Temple’ there is a temple of ‘Shri Malikarjun’. A famous Saint Narahari Sonar daily worshipped the ‘Shivaling’. He had a house and shop. He was stubborn devotee of Lord Shiv. ‘Lord Vitthal’ gave him darshan of the Shivling through idol of himself; from that day Shiv and Vishnu had united. Therefore the gift of this is the meaning of Har and Hari, our Lord Vithhal has possessed ‘Shivling’ on his head as symbol of meeting. There was a big village gate. In road widening the gate was fallen down.

 

Pundlik Temple Pandharpur

The great devotee Pundlik’s temple is in the River of Bhima. There is Lohadand Teerth (Holy Water) in front of temple about 20 to 25 away. It is believed that a stone launched float here. The height of temple is 65 feet and bradth is 63 feet. The peak of the temple is attractive and artificial. The temple was built by ‘Changdev’. Lord Bhate who was the knight of Peshwa reconstructed the temple of Pundlik. There is a Shivling in the sanctuary of the temple. On the Shivling there is the brass idol of Pundlik. The worshippers of Pundlik are from Koli society. The daily rities begins early in the morning. There is a big celebration on Mahashivratri. All rities are done by koli society.

Some believe that devottee Pundlik was Brahman from Karnataka. He lived in Melkote village which was situated at 45 k.m. from ‘Mysore’. He had house near the ‘Kalyan Teerth’. We can see his picture on a slab of melkote village. He was lost in Bajan. His mother’s name was Muktabai and father’s name was Jamudev.

Some history researcher says that the temple of Pundlik is the temple of Lord Shankar. But many say that it has the temple of Pundlik only.

 

Lakhubai Temple Pandharpur

Shri Lakhubai Temple (Rukmini Mandir):- It is built on the bank of Chandrabhaga river. It is north ward side of Dindir Van. Formerly there were many trees. Saint Janabai used to gather the cake of cow dung here. The construction of temple is in stone. The idol of Rukminimata is attractive and beautiful. Many celebrations are held here.

A very interesting theory has been told about this place. Lord Shree Krishna had intense longing of Radha, Rukminimata did not bear it. So she left ‘Dwarka’ and came here ‘Dindirvan’. She meditated here. Lord Shree Krishna came here to find her. Here Rukmini and Shree Krishna met. She was persuaded by shree Krishna. She gave up her displeasure. The temple was reconstructed in 1780 by Dhondbhat Katake.

 

Ambabai Mandir Pandharpur

Ambabai Mandir:- Ambabai Temple was erected on north ward of Lakhubai Mandir. In 1854 this temple was reconstructed by Limba who was a dancer. The original temple was erected by Sidu Koli. There is an attractive and beautiful idol of ‘Ambabaimata’. The pious people come here in Navratri Mahostav.

 

Vyas Mandir temple Pandharpur

Vyas Mandir/Temple: – Beside of the Ambabai temple there is a ground. On the north ward of the ground there is Vyas temple. The idol of Vyas is very beautiful. This temple was erected by Jyotipantdada Mahabhagavat. Pious people come here on ‘Gurupournima’.

 

Tryanbkeshwar Temple Pandharpur

Tryanbkeshwar Temple: – The temple is near the Vitthal temple. Kundal Teerth is near from here. At first here is a Sanskrut school.

 

Panchmukhi Maruti Temple Pandharpur

Panchmukhi Maruti Temple: – This temple is on ‘Datta Ghat’. The height of idol is Seven feet. The idol has five faces. One hand is on its waist. The second hand is giving blessing.

 

Kalbhairav Temple and Shakamabari Temple Pandharpur

Kalbhairav Temple and Shakamabri Temple: – This temple has been erected in a private building. The idol of Kalbhairav is very attractive and beautiful. Beside the idol there are the pictures of servants. On one side there is- the idol of Jogeshwari. Beside this idol there is Shivling. Approximately 400 years before there was a lake. It was called Bhau Teerth. There were idols of Kalbhairav, Mahadev, Ganpati and Banshankari around the lake. There were bath rooms. In the period of Adilshaha the temple was attacked. The stones were taken to Parranda village. In. 1770 this temple was erected by Kokne. Near this temple there is the temple of Banshankari (Shakambari). The idol of Banshankari is very beautiful and attractive. Now in this area there are many shops of jewelers. The idol of Ganesh has been replaced in Master plan of the road. The temple of Shakambari Goddess is an ancient. There are two idols in the temple. One idol is of Shakambari. The idol has 2.5 feet of four hands ornaments are in the neck of idol. The temple was reconstructed in 1775 by Anagal. All arrangements are maintained by Badave.

 

Mallikarjun Temple Pandharpur

Mallikarjun Temple: – It is an ancient and lofty temple. The temple has two entrances. Saint Narhari Sonar worshipped this temple. He developed this temple.

 

Holkars Ram Temple Pandharpur

Holkar’s Ram Temple: – It is on ‘Mahadwar Ghat’. The construction of temple is hefty. Ahilyabai Holkar erected this temple. The idol of Ram, Seeta and Laxman are in marble. Beside there is an idol of Ahilyabai Holkar, in the next there is an idol of ‘Hanuman. Ahilyabai was devottee of Shiv. So there is Shivling in the temple. Ramnavmi celebration is held on grand scale. Wedding and religious programmers are also held here.

Dwarkadhish Temple Pandharpur

Shri Dwarkadhish Temple: – The temple is on ‘Mahadwar Ghat’. The temple has stone fortification. The temple looks like a fort. The temple has four lofty doors. On the four sides there is open space to the temple. On the entrance door, there are two idols of Jay and Vijay. The stone idol of Murlidhar is an attractive and beautiful. The idol has four hands and silver crown. The construction of the temple was completed in 1249. The wife of Maharaj Daulatrao Shinde of Gwaliyar, Maharaja Bayjabai Maharaj Ranisaheb erected this temple. There are the idols of Shri Radhika, Shri Rukmini, Shri Ganpati, Shri Garud and also Baijabaisaheb. It has been also told that taking the test of safety of the temple, elephants were made to walk on the temple and palace.

Takpite Vithoba Mandir Pandharpur

Takpite Vithoba Mandir: – On the back side of the Vitthal Rukmini Temple, there is an-other ancient and historical temple of Vitthal. It was erected in 1618 by Ramabai who was Brahmin. She was great devotee of Vitthal. She gave butter milk and flour to Vitthal as a ‘Naivedya’. Lord Vitthal delighted on her devotion. He ate the buttermilk and flour. The vision of Shri Vitthal cannot happen an account of rush. The pious people take vision of this idol. There is resemblance between this idol and the main idol.

Kala Maruti Mandir Pandharpur

Kala Maruti Mandir: – In the road of circumambulation of Vitthal Temple and the Southward of Shri Vitthal Rukmini Temple. There is stone constructed temple of Maruti. It stands on four columns. In 1799 a poor Brahmin erected this temple. His name was Ramchandra. In 1960 a Gujrathi Vaishnav built the pillar, every year Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated here. At first Bhanudas who had brought the idol of Vitthal, established the Vitthal’s idol in this temple. Kala Maruti was established for a memorial day of victory.

 

Namdev Mandir Pandharpur

Namdev Mandir: – On the road of circumambulation near the Vine alley. Besides the Kowad Ghat, there is’ a Namdev Temple. The temple was reconstructed by Keshavraj Institute’. At first the place of this temple was famous for ‘Namdev Hill’. Here the great favorite devotee of vitthal Namdev lived. Therefore on this place a lofty and beautiful temple was erected.

There are the idols of Namdev, Shri Vitthal and Janabai. Namdev’s soon handwritten book has been places in this temple. The anniversary Day of Namdev is the main celebration in the Temple.

 

Gopalkrishna Temple Pandharpur

Gopalkrishna Temple: – When you go towards to the Vitthal Rukmini Temple from ST. Stand, you get the area of choufala. Here you can see Gopalkrishna Temple which was erected in 1770 by Narayan Nakhare of Indapur. It is on north ward side of Vitthal Temple. In the pilgrimage period all pious people stop here. They sing bhajans. You can see the peaks of Shri Vitthal Rukmini Temples. The celebration of ‘Gokulashtami’ is celebrated on grand scale. Here you can see the brass idol of Gajanan. The religious programmers are also held.

 

Shridhar Swami Samadhi Temple Pandharpur

On the Kumbhar Ghat there is a temple of Shridhar Swami Nazrekar who was a great devotee of Krishna. He wrote many books on Shri Krishna. They are as ‘Shivlilamrut’, Ramvijay. Harivijay ‘Pandav Pratap’. Still these books are heartily read by the pious people.

 

Dnyneshwar Temple and Shri Eknath Temple Pandharpur

Shri Dnyneshwar Temple and Shri EknathNath Temple: – There are two temples in the North Chowk on the road of circumambulation. One is the temple of Shri Saint Dnyneshwar. Recently the temple has been reconstructed by Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Mandir Trust of Alandi. A beautiful peak has been built on the temple. The brass idol of Dnyaneshwar Maharaj is placed in this temple.

Near from here there is another temple of Shri Eknath Maharaj. Eknath Shastri is the main celebration of the temple.

 

Pandharpur Pilgrimage

1) Chaitra Pilgrimage

Chaitra Month is the first month according to Hindu religion. A big pilgrimage is held in Pandharpur in the month of Chaitra for the vision of Lord Vitthal. There is a rush on ‘Gudhipadva and Ramnavami’. The first day of the year is called Gudhipadva. On the day a pole is erected not only on temples and hermitages but also on the houses on New Year’s Day. We welcome the New Year. In this month Shikhar Shingnapur another holy place which is situated on the highway of Pandharpur and Pune. Where is also held pilgrimage. There is an ancient temple of Shri Shambhu Mahadev. It was erected on abig hill. After taking vision of Lord Vitthal, the pious people go to Shikar Shinganapur for the vision of Lord Shankar.

2) Aashadhi Pilgrimage

It is one of the most important pilgrimages of Varkari Tradition. Our Lord Vitthal himself told Namdev not to forget Aashadhi pilgrimage. The four months period from Aashadhi to Kartiki is believed that these four months are holy months. Therefore many pious people come to Pandhapur. In these four months, various religions programmers are held in Pandharpur. Approximately 5 or 6 lac people come to Pandharpur for Aashadhi Pilgrimage. It is generally monsoon season. During the period of pilgrimage the Chandrabhaga River becomes mighty. The whole atmosphere becomes excited and delightful. Many merchant get busy in their work. Aashadhi pilgrimage cannot be described in words. It must be seen with eyes.

Before the aashadhi pilgrimage, the pious people set forth towars Pandharpur. Many people from another states also come to Pandharur for Aashadhi pilgrimage. They forget their discriminations of language, casts etc. they call themselves the servant of Vishnu and Vitthal. Varkari Tradition teaches integrity. Here the discriminate ends. Many foreigners come to see this celebration.

3) Kartiki Pilgrimage

Another big pilgrimage is held in Kartik Month. Many pious people come to Pandharpur for the vision of Shri Vitthal and for meditation. After the pilgrimage the people who live for four months in Pandharpur. They all return to their place. Various religions programs are held in this month. The four holy months end after this pilgrimage.
Celebration

The features of Kartiki Pilgrimage

The people come from Karnatak states i.e Bijapur, Hubli, Dharwad, Belgaon etc  In the Bijapur District, there ae many followes of Inchageri Tradition. Bhausaheb Maharaj Umdikar, Rambhau Ranade etc. these people worked for Varkari Tradition.

4) Maghi Pilgrimage

A small pilgrimage is held in magh (Feb.) month. It is the fourth important pilgrimage. Many pious people come from Maharashtra, Karnatak and Andra – Pradesh. The devotion is seen in Telgu, Tamili and Karnataki people. There is a village in Andrapradesh the name of the village is Battipollu. In the village, there is ancient temple of Lord Vitthal where a pilgrimage is held.

There are many pious people come from Madhyapradesh, Gujrath, Rajastan. A narration punctuated by music is done in Hindi, Gujarathi, kannad, Telgu Languages. Different people are united through the Bhagavat Religion. Therefore Pandharpur is only a holy place where different religious people, different caste are united. So it is the symbol of Hindu cultural location of Pandharpur.

 

 

Aashadhi Ekadashi Pandharpur

Celebration of Aashadhi Ekadashi Pilgrimage at Pandharpur

It is one of the most important pilgrimages of Varkari Tradition. Our Lord Vitthal himself told Namdev not to forget Aashadhi pilgrimage. The four months period from Aashadhi to Kartiki is believed that these four months are holy months. Therefore many pious people come to Pandhapur. In these four months, various religions programmers are held in Pandharpur. Approximately 5 or 6 lac people come to Pandharpur for Aashadhi Pilgrimage. It is generally monsoon season. During the period of pilgrimage the Chandrabhaga River becomes mighty. The whole atmosphere becomes excited and delightful. Many merchant get busy in their work. Aashadhi pilgrimage cannot be described in words. It must be seen with eyes.

Before the Aashadhi pilgrimage, the pious people set forth towars Pandharpur. Many people from another states also come to Pandharur for Aashadhi pilgrimage. They forget their discriminations of language, casts etc. they call themselves the servant of Vishnu and Vitthal. Varkari Tradition teaches integrity. Here the discriminate ends. Many foreigners come to see this celebration.

 

Kartik Ekadashi Pandharpur

Celebration of Kartiki Ekadashi Pilgrimage at Pandharpur

Another big pilgrimage is held in Kartik Month. Many pious people come to Pandharpur for the vision of Shri Vitthal and for meditation. After the pilgrimage the people who live for four months in Pandharpur. They all return to their place. Various religions programs are held in this month. The four holy months end after this pilgrimage.

The features of Kartiki Pilgrimage

The people come from Karnatak states i.e Bijapur, Hubli, Dharwad, Belgaon etc  In the Bijapur District, there ae many followes of Inchageri Tradition. Bhausaheb Maharaj Umdikar, Rambhau Ranade etc. these people worked for Varkari Tradition.

 

Pandharpur Bhima River

Bhima River originates in Bhimashankar hills near Karjat on the western side of Western Ghats, known as Sahyadri, in Maharashtra state in India. Bhima flows southeast for 861 km through Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh states. Bhima is the most important tributary of the Krishna river, which is one of the two majors rivers in Maharastra, the other being Godavari River. Nira confluences with Bhima in Narsingpur, Solapur. Bhima is a major tributary of the Krishna River. Its banks are densely populated and form a fertile agricultural area.

Pandharpur is situated on the bank of Bhima River. Bhima is also called ‘Bhirava’. Here Bhima River takes a crescent turn. Hence the name is given to Bhima as ‘Chandrabhaga’ means divided moon. Another story is told about the accursed Lord Moon bathed here, and he was freed from his curse. From that time the river has been draining as crescent. So people call it ‘Chandrabhaga’.

There are many small and big temples and immolations on the bank of Bhima River. The Temple of Pundlik is the most important temple.

Chandrabhaga River Pandharpur

The bank of Chandrabhaga

You can see the mighty Chandrabhaga if you come from eastern side of Solapur. You can see many small and big peaks of many temples. At first your attention must be taken by the temple of devotee Pundlic. To take bath in the Chandrabhaga river is the desire of many pious people. They want to dance on the sand which is sprawted on the shore of the river. They take the not stop name of Shri Vitthal. They alter the name of Shri Vitthal continuously.

At first the pious people want to take a bathe in the Chandrabhaga river. Pundlik who brought him in Pandharapur. Henry of devotee Pundlik’s pledge, our Lord Shri Vitthal decented from Heavens, from that time he has been standing on a stone brick and giving darshan to the peple. Tehrefore after today bath everyone should take darshan of devotee Pundlik. Tehre are many ‘Ghats’ (stone steps) are built.

The native name of the river is Bhima. But here she drains as crescent, so she is called Changarbhaga. The river is delightful. Tehrev are many stone steps for getting down in the river.

There are many temples and immolations on the bank of Chandrabhaga River. The immolations are H.B.P. Bhausaheb Dehukar, Govindbuva Amalnerkar, Govindbuva Chopdekar, Bhanudas Maharaj Belapurkar, Gunda Maharaj who was the native man of Deglurkar Maharaj, Dhondopant Dada, Laxmandas Maharaj Vakharikar, Bhagavan-shastri Dharurkar, Dasganu Maharaj, Late shri Dhanudas Maharaj who was research worker of Dnyeshwari and famous preacher and of his wife, some immolations are ruined in the floods.

On the other side of Chandrabhaga there is Gujar Ghat. Every year a pilgrimage is held on this Ghat. Beside the Ghat here is a temple of Shree Mhasoba and the temple of Datta. An attractive fire work is done there every year. Some Temples and Holy places are there in the adjacent area of Pandharpur.

According to historians and archaeologists Pandharpur is an ancient holy place. It has been proved by the holy places which were situated in the adjecent area of Pandharpur. It has geographi¬cal and historical importance. Some holy water places are ruined in the time.

The main holy water places in Pandharpur are:-

  • 1) Lohadand Teerth,
  • 2)Ganapati Teerth,
  • 3) Abal Teerth,
  • 4) Panchganga Teerth,
  • 5) Pitru Teerth,
  • 6) Vyas Teerth,
  • 7) Muktesh Teerth,
  • 8) Agastya Teerth,
  • 9) Sankashan Teerth,
  • 10) Brahma Teerth,
  • 11) Mandvya Teerth,
  • 12) Gunja Teerth,
  • 13) Kalbhairav Teerth,
  • 14) Chakra Teerth,
  • 15) Laxmi Teerth,
  • 16) Vishnupad Teerth,
  • 17) Gopalpur Teerth,
  • 18) Padma Teerth,
  • 19) Sandhyavali Teerth,
  • 20) Kundal Teerth,
  • 21) Sangam Teerth,
  • 22) Venu Teerth,
  • 23) Vruddhakaleshwar Teerth etc.

 

Lohadand Teerth Pandharpur

Lohadand Teerth (Lohadand water holy place):- It is 20.25 feet away from Pundlik Temple. It believed that a stone launch float here. The story of this holy water place is that Ahilya who was known for a virtuous disposition. Her virtuous dis¬position were carried by the king of Gods ‘Indra’. Therefore Goutam Rushi cursed therrv both. He cursed his wife that she became a stone. He also cursed Indra that he will be suffered by hundreds of holes to his body. Ahilya had been purred tied by touching feet of Shree Ram. Then Indrasur rendered to Vishnu. Vishnu gave an iron stick and told him to travel to the holy places. He also told him that where the iron sticks would float. He would be free from his curse. Many years Indra travelled various holy places. At last he came here where his iron stick floated. He became pure. From that this holy place named Lohadand Teerth.

Another story has been put forward that our Lord Shankar and Parvati voyaged through the sky. At that time Parvati became thirsty. So Shankar made hole by his Trishul. He brought water from the hole. Parvati drank the water. So this holy place named Lohadand Teerth.

Padma Teerth Pandharpur

Padma Teerth: – It is situated on the eastern side about 1 k.m. away from of the Vitthal Rukmini Mandir. Here is the temple of Padmavati Goddess. In the past, there is a lake around the temple. Around the lake there is a wall and stone steps. Bhagawan Shankar and Parvati stayed here. Kanhya Haridas mentioned this place in his songs. There construction of this lake was completed in 1778 by Sardar Yashwant Pawar. The pious people come here in Navratri Mahostava. All arrangements are made by Badave.

The temple is on Savarkar Road, Railway Station and ST. Stand are near. Our Lord Vitthal came with Dnyneshwar and his brothers here when they set forth to the holy places. Dnyneshwar and Namdev met here. The meeting was done by Lord Vitthal. Padmavati shopping centre here is which was built by Municipal Corporation.

Kundal Teerth Pandharpur

Kundal Teerth: – It is situated on the north of the Vitthal Rukmini Temple. Here Lord Vishnu laid his ear ornaments at the battle with Devil. Therefore it is called ‘Kundal Teerth’. You will had there is the idol of Narshinha and the temple of ‘Mahadev’ behind this place.

Sangam Teerth Pandharpur

Sangam Teerth: – It is situated at Gopalpur. The two rivers Bhima and Pushpa meet here. When Shree Krishna came to Pandharpur, the river Yamuna became sad, so Vitthal brought her here in the name of Pushpa.

Venu Teerth Pandharpur

Venu Teerth: – It is situated near to the ‘Sangam’ Teerth. Here Radha caught the flute of Shree Krishna, so this holy place is ‘Venu Teerth’. ‘Venu’ means (Flute).

Gunja Teerth Pandharpur

Gunja Teerth: – It is situated near to the ‘Venu Teerth’.

Vruddhkaleshwar Teerth Pandharpur

Vruddhkaleshwar Teerth: – It is situated I.K.M. away from Gopalpuri. The angel of death ‘Yama’ who established this holy water place. So it is called ‘Yama Teerth’.

Panchganga Teerth Pandharpur

Panchganga Teerth :- It is situated 8 k.m. from the Vitthal Rukmini Temple at the north side. Here five rivers meet together. The name of the rivers are, Tunga, Sati, Suni, Kirti and Bruganti. The Pilgrim is held on Monday in every ‘Shravan month’.

Vishrupad Teerth Pandharpur

Vishrupad Teerth:- It is situated on the bank of Chandrabhaga river. The temple has been built by stone. The original construction was reconstructed in 1640 by Dhamankarbuva. In 1875 it was again reconstructed by Chintopant Nagesh Badve. There are two tool sings of Shree Krishna. Shree Krishna came here for Pundalik. He ate food here with his friends. Lord Shri Vitthal stays return here when the comes back, from Alandi. In the Margsheersh month (Dec.) a pilgrim is held here.

You can go here through the bridge or launch. Here is a beautiful temple of Naradmuni. The idol is very attractive and beautiful.

Gopalpur Pandharpur

Gopalpur: – It is situated on the bank of Pushpavati river. A beautiful temple of Gopal Krishna is there. The idol of Gopal Krishna is an attractive and beautiful. The faces of Gopal Krishna and Shri Vitthal are same. There is temple of Bhimakraya who was father in-law of Shree Krishna. You can see there the cave of Janabai, her stone grinder (Jate) and the temple of Laxmi Narayan.

The temple has big compound and big stone fortifications. The histories believe that the stones are 500 years ago. All arrangements are made by Gurav community. The daily rities are held there. The Gopalkala is celebrated on grand scale on ‘Gokul Ashtmi’. The pilgrim cannot be ended without the ‘Prasad’ is taken. The temple has three doors. There are 42 rooms in the temple. The main door is an attractive and beautiful. The temple was attacked by Afzalkhan when he stayed at Begampur. The idol was rescued by ‘Gurav’ Community. They reconstructed the temple. The temple was again reconstructed in 1744 by Anand Shymaji Dabhade who lived in Talegaon. The temple of Mahadev was built by Parshuram Anagal who lived in ‘Satara’.

Ghats (Stone Steps)

There are three bridges across the river.

1) railway Bridge
2) New bridge (It is on northern side)
3) Old stone Bridge (Its goes towards solapur) Shri Lakhubai’s temple is near from bridge. A small opposite side is hill on face of the temple, besides a small temple of Masadevi.

1. Divate Ghat Chandrabhaga Pandharpur

It is against of ‘Thakurbuva Math’.

2. Krishnaji Ghat Chandrabhaga Pandharpur

A small ‘Maruti Temple’ is on this Ghat.
There are small idols of Bhagavan Shankar, Nandi, and Shri Ganesh. It was built in 1825. Beseide this Ghat there is a school. ‘Lokmanya Vidyalaya’. Also there is a building of Pandharpur Corporation.

3. Dagari Ghat Chandrabhaga Pandharpur

It was called Nargundkar Ghat before. It is buried in land, beside this Ghat there is a hermit of Kabirbuva. Connectedly there is a temple of Nagarvachan.

4. Uddhav Ghat Chandrabhaga Pandharpur

It was built in 1760. A temple of Lord Mahadev is on this Ghat. When the flood come the idol of Pundlik is brought in this temple for the daily rities.

5. Shri Datta Ghat or Haridas Ghat Chandrabhaga Pandharpur

It was built in 1885 by Hari Appa Harida. A famous Datta Temple is on this Ghat. Beside this ghat there is a hermit of Shri ‘Chaturmasye’. Connectedly there is a hermit of shri ‘Chaturmasye’. Connectedly there is a hermit of ‘Maheshwari and Asgari’.

6. Kumbhar Ghat Chandrabhaga Pandharpur

It was built in 1770 by Shri Ramchandra Krushna Limaye. On this Ghat there is the immolation of Late Shri Shridharswami Nazarekar, who wrote Pandav Pratap‘, Shri Hari Vijay and Shivleelamrut, the religions big books.

7. Mahadvar Ghat Chandrabhaga Pandharpur

It was built in 1785 by Chito Nagesh Badve. A new Ghat is built connectedly for the convenient of the pious people. The pious people go to Shri Vitthal – Rukmini temple through this Ghat A big house of Shrimati Ahilyabai Holkar and the temple of Shri Ram are on this Ghat. In the face of the temple there is a big palace of Srimant Shinde sarkar the palace is sturdy and attractive. There is an attractive idol of Shri Krishna in this palace every year, the Gokul Ashtami festival is celebrated here on a grand scale.

8. Kasar Ghat Chandrabhaga Pandharpur

Beside the Mahadvar Ghat, there is Kasar Ghat. It was built in 1798 by Shri Ramrao Jarlekar. On this Ghat there is the Nagareshwar Temple of ‘Komati’ society. On the side there is a hermit of Kapol and the temple of Shri Samarth Ramdas.

9. Chandtabhaga Ghat Chandrabhaga Pandharpur

In the next of Kasar Ghat there is Chandrabhaga Ghat. It was built in 1820 by younger Bajirao Peshwa and Shri Govind Maharaj Chopdekar. Bedside this Ghat there is the palace of ‘Vaskar Maharaj’. A hermit of sarda which is newly built and there is a hermit of late Dhondopant Dada.

10. Vipradatta Ghat Chandrabhaga Pandharpur

It was built in 1820 by Chintamanrao Appasaheb Sanglikar. In this potent place there is a idol of one mouth Datta. Every year ‘Datta Jayanti’ is celebrated there. In this palace there is the immolation of Saint tukavipra. He is the incarnation of Saint Namdev. He completed his desire, to write hundred crore Abhangas next there is a private and small Ghat. In this ghat there is a temple of Shriram. A last there is Smashan Ghat.

Saints of Pandharpur

Not only Saints of Maharashtra but also the Saints of Karnataka and Telgu Saints described the greatness of Pandharapur. The devotion of Lord Vitthal and the name of Pandharpur are mentioned in the poetry of Karnataka and in the tradition of Das Poet Choududas, Purandardas, Kanakdas and many Saints of Karnataka believe on Lord Vitthal. Owing to their devotion of Vitthal many Kanadi and Telgu Saints turned to the devotion of Lord Vitthal.

Shripadraj wrote many poems on the devotion of Shri Lord Vitthal. Shri Purandar Das wrote many ‘Abhangdas’ or Poems on the encomium of Shri Lord Vitthal.

Telgu Saints also mentioned the greatness of Lord Vitthal their poems. Telgu Saint Poet ‘Vithuri’ wrote many poems on Shri Lrd Vitthal. He wrote that whole world is unreal, false, deceinful or worthless without Lord Shri Vitthal. Shri Vitthal destroyed the bad and evils.

 

 

Pandharpur Wari

The Wari custom was prevalent even in Sant Tukaram’s household. He turned this private event
into a social one. It is said that he was followed by 1400 devotees carrying the symbolic cymbal.

On the 8TH Day of the waning moon in the month of Jyeshtha (June) Sant Tukaram would to go to Alandi to pay a visit to Sant Dnyaneshwar’s Tomb & on the 9TH Day he would continue in the direction of Pandharpur.

After his death, his younger brother Kanhola & later his Son Narayan Baba continued to follow
the tradition. On the 7TH day, Narayan Baba would keep Sant Tukaram’s Padukas (footwear) in the Palkhi (Palanquin), on the 8TH day he would go to Alandi to keep Sant Dnyaneshwar’s
Padukas in the same Palkhi. The next day he would set off on his journey to Pandharpur.

This custom was followed from 1680 to 1832. From 1829 to 1832 there was a conflict between the descendants of Sant Tukaram More, on the rights of servitude. In 1832, Haibat Baba Pawar Arfalkar, a Sardar of Shinde from Gwalior started a separate Palkhi of Sant Dnyaneshwar from Alandi in order to avoid the consequences of the conflict in the more household on the whole tradition. From then onwards, Sant Dnyaneshwar’s Palkhi & Sant Tukaram’s Palkhi arrive separately to Pandharpur. The Sardar was also helped by Sardar Shitole of Ankali. The names of Khandobaji Baba and his cymbal player Shedge Baba also featured amongst the aides of Haibat Baba. And so the order of dindis (groups) with the Palkhis was fixed: first that of Alandikar, then that of Khandobaji Baba, followed by Shedge Baba. After a few years the conflict in the more household terminated. Since Sant Dnyaneshwar’s palanquin procession was being conducted separately, Sant Tukaram’s Palkhi was taken independently through Dehu City via Pune City to Pandharpur.

Today, Sant Tukaram’s Palkhi procession starts from Dehu & reaches Pandharpur via Aakurdi,
Pune. Lonikalbhor, Yavat, Varvand, Baramati, Indapur, Akluj & Wakhri respectively. Sant
Dnyaneshwar’s Palkhi goes through the cities of Alandi, Pune, Saswad, Jejuri, Lonand, Faltan,
Natepute, Malshiras, Velapur, Shegaon & Wakhri to Pandharpur.

Both the Palkhis meet at Wakhri and proceed to Pandharpur. In this procession, a wide variety
of people from all social and economic backgrounds flow into the sea of Warkaris and worship
with same fervour & devotion. Apart from its spiritual benefits, this pilgrimage has other
positive effects. People become aware of diverse regions & agricultural conditions, social variety & change…and most importantly, how to live life on meager necessities. A person who has experienced a lot of worldly sorrows achieves a sort of detachment from the everyday life and manages to get temporary relief from it.

In the eyes of Lord Vitthal, everyone is equal. They are his worshippers & have no other identity.

This doctrine of parity & humanity is integrated into participants by means of this wari. Even
though we live in a world that is becoming increasingly materialistic, thousands of devotees still
find the time & commitment to join in the journey on foot, braving the sun & the rain, to get a
new lease of life and gain spiritual happiness. They walk 250 Km. to seek the blessings of
Pandurang (Lord Vitthal) in Pandharpur. The Warkari, who had left for Pandharpur chanting
the names of saints all the way, returns home with renewed zeal.

According to the Warkari ideology, the soul is the essence of every being’s life. God is a part of
this essence. So, the sole objective of a Warkari in life is to ensure that the divine remains a part of the living experience.

Aware that a common person who has duties to fulfill towards his family might find Hatayog,
hard fasting, re-reading of the holy texts & scriptures and discussions on moral values very
challenging, the Wari tradition offers instead a simple & engaging (form of poem) by the saints
assert that God is mother, father, brother & friend. The Warkari ideology says that God has
created all equal without discriminating between nobility & low-birth, caste, creed or status.
Everyone has an equal right to worship God. During this 250 Km. walkathon all devotees travel
and eat together, so there remains no distinction between different casts. Even if you take a look
at the list of saint’s names, you would find that they come from various casts & background.

Saints in this Warkari clan include Sant Dnyaneshwar (Brahmin), Sant Namdev Shimpi (Tailor),
Sant Chokhoba, Banka Maharaj, Narhari Sonar (Goldsmith), Savatoba Mali (Farmer), Gora
Kumbhaar (Potter), Sena Navhi (Barber), Tukoba Wani (Grocer), Eknath & others. The list also includes the names of female saint poets like Muktabai, Janabai, Nirmala, Kanhopatra,
Bahinabai. These names are as important in the society as they are in the clan. The Warkari clan
thus strongly attacks the established tenets that low caste people are not allowed to worship or
obtain salvation.

The Bharud (form of poem) of Sant Eknath enlightens people & advises them to join the
procession without discrimination. His compositions oppose rituals & superstitions. Through
his poems, Sant Eknath managed to entertain & preach at the same time. The poems spread the
message of worshipping Lord Vitthal even amongst the lowest deemed casts like Godhali,
Bharadi, Vasudev, Dombari & Mahar and also amongst the nomads.

Sant Dynaneshwar is considered to be a Philosopher & a spiritual Guru of the clan. He achieved an excellent blend of devotion, knowledge, deeds & fate. He even wrote about it in his
“Dnyaneshwari” and preached that one should no shun his duties. He translated the holy
Bhagwad Gita from Sanskrit to Prakrit (Marathi) language, making it available to all.

His follower Sant Tukaram too was considered a great saint. There was a beautiful blend of
knowledge, devotion & asceticism in him. He always expected people to give up discrimination & fiercely denounced immorality under the guise of religion. He wanted to take society away from superstitions and belief in ghosts & spirits, black magic, evil god worship & hypocrisy. Sant Tukaram was a folk poet in the true sense. His Abhangs integrated well into the everyday life of society.

The clan’s activities were considerable considering the period when women’s rights & liberation
weren’t even taken into account. Sant Dnyaneshwar’s sister Muktabai (1279 – 1297), his servant Janabai (1260 – 1353), Sant Tukaram’s disciple Bahinabai (1628 – 1708) proved to be effective poets. In times when women were discouraged from worshipping & striving for salvation, they proved otherwise. So women too joined in large numbers in this pilgrimage as Malkaris.

The Palkhi’s timetable is well defined & strictly followed. Early dawn, after worshipping the
Saint’s footwear, the palkhi sets out exactly at six. A Tutari (wind instrument) is blown thrice to
alert the Warkaris. At the first signal, the Warkaris get ready to leave. At the second signal the
Dindis [groups] stand in a queue for the Palkhi procession & at the third one, the procession
starts off. After covering 4 – 5 Km. the Warkaris halt for half an hour for Breakfast. They then
proceed until they stop again later – this time for Lunch when they make their first offerings to the Lord.

There is another halt for Tea and at six, after sunset, the procession halts to camp. In the
morning, when the palkhi starts off, the didni (groups of Warkaris) line up in the given order.
The dindis are positioned ahead & behind the Palkhi, and are given numbers accordingly, the
first one being the one closest a saffron flag. It is not bright saffron but instead the colour which
is got after dipping a mud-coloured cloth in Kaav (dull Orange – Brown colour).

Cymbal players & the Warkaris follow this flag bearer in lines of four. The Mrudung player &
Veena player are positioned in the middle & at the end of the dindi respectively. Then come the
women Warkaris, some carrying the holy basil plant & some carrying pitchers of drinking water
on their head. There is also a huge number of Warkaris not belonging to any dindi. They just
join the procession carrying their belongings on their head. These individuals are totally
dependant, for food & shelter, on the residents of the villages along the way.

Every dindi had its own water tanker & trucks to carry their belongings which include small
tents. The management ensured that these tents are set up and the meals prepared well before
the dindis arrive at the decided spot. Many of the Warkaris, especially women, are not
accustomed to performing their morning ablutions in the open. So they have to get up early in
the morning to get ready before the others awake. They carry wet clothes with them & let them
dry during the first halt of that day.

The dindis also decide the order in which the Abhanga are to be sung. You can find newly joined Warkaris reading the Abhangas from books even as they are walking. The Warkari who adorns a garland of Tulsi [basil] is called a Malkari. His basic duty is to stay away from meat & alcohol. At the day’s end they sing bhajan “Jayajaya Ramkrushna Hari” & Abhangas, and in the evening they pray and listen to sermons which refresh them after the day’s long and tiring walk.
Now-a-days, the Wari also consists of professors, doctors, businessmen & retired administrators in large numbers. The procession of 18 – 21 days reaches the temple town of Pandharpur on the 11TH day of the waxing moon in the month of Ashadh. The Warkaris then bathe in the Chandrabhaga River & worship Lord Vitthal, thus completing their meaningful journey.

 

Pandharpur Dindi

Vithoba temple, Pandharpur is the main centre of worship for the Hindu deity Vithoba, believed to be a local form of god Krishna or Vishnu and his consort Rakhumai. It is the most visited temple in Maharastra. The Warkaris start marching from their homes to the temple of Pandharpur in groups called Dindi to reach on Aashadhi ekadashi and Kartiki ekadashi. A dip in the holy river Chandrabhaga on whose banks Pandharpur resides, is believed to have power to wash all sins.

Dindi Procession: 200,000 Pilgrims

The most outstanding display of the Maharashtrians’ devotion to Lord Vitthala is the Dindi Yatra, a pilgrimage on foot that culminates in Pandharpur. It has been performed annually for the last seven hundred years.

In fact, every month at Pandharpur on Sukla Ekadashi (the eleventh day of the waxing moon), a festival is held that attracts a large number of pilgrims. But, four of these festivals are especially large. And the main one, Dindi Yatra—the huge Ashadhi Ekadashi festival—draws a crowd of 700,000 people. As many as 200,000 come on foot. The festival falls during the month of Ashadha (July) and marks the beginning of Caturmasya, the four months of the rainy season. According to the Padma Purana, on that day the Lord goes to sleep for four months. When He wakes up, at the end of the month of Karttika, another festival is held, the second biggest.

For each of these festivals, pilgrims come from all the districts of Maharashtra and from other provinces of India like Gujarat, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. The pilgrims follow in the footsteps of their many saints and spiritual leaders. Many of the pilgrims are varkaris.

The word varkari combines the words vari and kari, the former standing for the regular trip to Pandharpur, the latter meaning the one who does it. Varkari thus means “one who journeys to Pandharpur at a specific time in the year.” Varkaris vow to visit Pandharpur every month, or at least once a year, during an Ekadashifestival.

The varkaris form well-organized and disciplined processions called Dindis, which start off from the birthsites and samadhi places of various saints and converge in Pandharpur. The pilgrims travel 150 to 300 kilometers, depending on where they start. The biggest of all Dindis is that of Jnaneshvara, which forms a gigantic procession. It originates in Alandi, near Pune, and covers about 250 kilometers in an eighteen-day walk. Some of the smaller groups are on the road for about a month. Many more come by bus and train.

The men on the procession, dressed alike in white dhotis, kurtas, and typical Gandhi hats, walk in lines of six or seven abreast. They beat small brass cymbals, called tal, in such a perfect rhythm that even when several hundred play, it sounds like one person alone. In the front, several men carry saffron flags. Next, a group of men on each Dindi carry a decorated palanquin (palaki) bearing symbolic footprints (padukas) of the saint they follow. The leader of the group walks at the back, playing the vina, accompanied by one or more drum players.

Behind the men follow the women, dressed in bright colorful saris. Some carry tulasi plants in decorated pots on their heads. Others carry pots with water to serve their fellow varkaris.

Fifty to five hundred people walk in each Dindi group. Responding heartily to their kirtana leaders, they sing the mantras “jaya jaya vithobha rukhumai! jaya jaya vithobha rukhumai!” and “jaya jaya rama krishna hari,” interspersed with lively songs glorifying Lord Vitthala.

Day after day, undaunted by heat or rain, the pilgrims fill the air with tumultous chanting. Sometimes they dance and sometimes run, rushing ecstatically towards Pandharpur and their Lord. In the midst of this procession the words spoken by the Lord in the Padma Purana come alive:

tatra tishthami narada
yatra gayanti mad-bhaktah

“O Narada, I stay where My devotees glorify Me.”

Each Dindi is supported by vehicles—trucks and bullock carts—carrying crews ahead to cook and set up tents. When the pilgrims stop to rest and have their meals, each group finds its supporting crew just as calves recognize their mothers in the midst of a herd.

No one goes hungry on Dindi. The bigger groups cook in gigantic pots and distribute prasadam to anyone who sits in the line. The government supplies water for drinking and bathing.

The walkers reach their day’s destination by late afternoon. The convergence of pilgrims, and the symbolic presence of their saints, awakens the sleepy villages with intense religious fervor. In the evening, groups everywhere perform kirtana, and crowds of thousands listen to various speakers, who spice their discourses with songs of the saints, to the tune of musical instruments. These speakers are like one-act players. They entertain and involve their audience, inspiring them to sing along.

On Dindi everything is done collectively. Crowds are cooking, crowds sitting in lines for prasadam, crowds sleeping side by side, crowds moving around, crowds queuing up for darshana in the temples along the way, crowds meeting the calls of nature in the fields.… You’re never alone on Dindi.

The dense crowd stretches many kilometers, people walking ahead or struggling in the back to keep up. Many people independently follow the Dindi, carrying their few belongings upon their heads. Some begin walking as soon as they get up, as early as 2 A.M. The main group starts at 6:30.

Walking about fifteen kilometers a day, the Dindis finally reach the outskirts of Pandharpur and unite at Wakhari, a small village three kilometers away. On the eve of the Ashadha Ekadashi, still more people join for the last leg of the pilgrimage. The three-kilometer stretch from Wakhari to the holy town of Pandharpur turns into a river of humanity flowing towards the ocean of mercy at the Lord’s lotus feet. In his writings, Bilvamangala Thakura warns travelers passing through Pandharpur, “Do not walk on the bank of the river Bhima. A bluish-black person stands there, and even though His hands rest peacefully on His hips, He is expert at stealing the heart of anyone who sees Him.”

It seems that the varkaris carefully ignore Bilvamangala Thakura’s advice. In fact, they are especially eager to meet that person.

Upon reaching Pandharpur, the pilgrims take a dip in the Candrabhaga River. Then, carrying the palanquins on their shoulders, they perform nagara-pradakshina, walking a circle around the holy town. The circle complete, they queue up all night at the temple to catch a glimpse of Lord Vitthala on the Ekadashi day. In the heavy rush, each will get to see the Lord for perhaps a few seconds. For them it will be enough: their souls will be satisfied, and it will have been worth the trouble.

 

Pandharpur Palkhi

Pandharpur Palkhi is a 1000 year old tradition which was started by some of the renowned saints of Maharashtra and continues to be practised by their followers called warkaris (people who are with the palkhi or wari), in the Hindu month of ‘Ashadh’ (June- July) and ‘Karthik’ (November- December).

The Palkhi is followed by dindis, an organised group of warkaris, who dance and chant praises of Dnyanba-Tukaram (the famous Maharashtrian saints, Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram) through their entire journey from Alandi and Dehu to the holy town of Pandharpur. The procession reaches Pandharpur on the eleventh day of June and lasts for a period of 22 days.

Pandharpur, a small town in the district of Solapur, is one of the most prominent pilgrimage sites in Maharashtra. Owing to the half-moon-like shape of the town, Pandharpur is also known as Chandrabhaga. Located on the bank of the Bhima River, this place is named after a merchant, Pandarika who attained self realisation in this religious town. Pandharpur, on a whole, attracts four annual pilgrimages or yatras of Hindu devotees. Among them the yatras during the month of Ashadh (June – July) attracts the largest number of pilgrims.

The Palkhi festival was started by Narayan baba, the youngest son of saint Tukaram, in the year 1685. Diverting from the existing dindi-wari tradition of that time, Narayan baba along with his dindis started the palkhi containing the silver padukas (footsteps) and mask of saint Tukaram from Dehu and proceeded to Alandi to place the padukas of Saint Dnyaneshwar in the same palkhi before heading to Pandharpur. This practice continued until the year 1830 when disputes within the Tukaram family in regards to the right and privileges of the palkhi brought about a change in the tradition. So from 1830 onwards, the practice of the twin practice gave way to two separate palkhisof the two saints which start from their respective towns before meeting in Pune for a short stopover. There after the palkhis again take different paths from Hadapsar and again gather at Wakhri which is a small village located close to Pandharpur.

The Sant Tukaram Palkhi from Dehu village and the Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi from Alandi together account for more than 1.5 to 2 lacs devotees which take part in the procession or the palkhi festival every year. Excluding these two, a total of 41 other palkhis visit Pandharpur every year.

Pandharpur holds a lot of significance among Maharashtrians because it is home to the temple of Vithoba, better known as the Vithhal temple. ‘Viththal’, ‘Pandharinath’, ‘Vithoba’, which are the popular names of the deity, is regarded to be the God form of Lord Krishna in Hinduism who is also considered to be the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Stretching over a massive area, the Vitthal temple has a total of six gates and the one located to the eastern side is known as the “Namdev Gate”.

After the procession reaches the holy town, the temple gets flooded with Warkaris and the celebrations begin. The palkhi rituals are quite elaborate and can be only fully understood and appreciated by the followers of holy tradition or the Warkaris. Yet, the procession is still a lot of fun to watch because of the energy, the vibrant colours and the chanting.

Pandharpur Ringan

The annual Pandharpur Yatra to the famous Vitthal Temple at Pandarpur in Maharashtra is an unparalleled pilgrimage that breaks the barriers of caste, creed, rich and poor. Vitthal Temple is also known as Vitthal Rukhmini Temple and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The most important annual pilgrimage is a 21-day trek known as Pandharpur Ashadhi Ekadasi Waari. In 2011, the Pandarpur Yatra Palki of Tukaram Maharaj from Dehu near Pune will start on June 22, 2011 and will end on July 11, 2011 at Pandarpur on Ashadi Ekadasi.

Pandharpur Yatra takes place twice in a year one during Ashadhi Ekadasi (June – July) and another during Kartik Ekadasi (October – November)

 

Pandharpur Yatra

Chants of “Jai Hari Vitthala” and “Gyanba Tukaram” filled the temple town of Pandharpur with culmination of the 23-day “Yatra” pilgrimage undertaken by lakhs of pilgrims from across Maharashtra on the occasion of Ashadi Ekadashi.

There is no definite information available on the origins of this “wari” tradition, which is a pilgrimage on foot to Pandharpur. However, there are some references about Vitthalpant, Saint Dnyaneshwar’s father joining the Wari to visit Pandharpur in the month of Aashaad & Kartik (October / November). So it can be inferred that the state of Maharashtra has seen this tradition being followed since the last 800 years.

Pandharpur Varkari

Bhagavat Religion Varkari Sampradaya

Pandharpur Varkari Tradition and varkaries are same words. The meaning of two words is same. The devotion of Vitthal is the Central theme of Bhagvat Religion. The base of bhagavat Religion was established by Shri Saint Dnyaneshwar Maharaj. And the religion was enriched by Tukaram Maharaj. Therefore the main ‘mantra’ of this religion is ‘Dnyanoba Mauli Tukaram’.

Saint Dnyaneshwar wrote ‘Shri Geeta’ in Marathi.  At first Geeta was in form of ‘Sanskrut’. Only higher society people could understand ‘The Geeta’. But Dnyaneshwar gave the Marathi language. Our Lord Krishna preached ‘Geeta’ to Arjun in the Battle of Mahabharata’. At Dnyaneshwari many Saints wrote books about the description of Bhagavat Religion. For example Nath Bhagavat Ramayan, Namdev Gatha, Tukaram Gatha etc.

Before the period of Namdev and Dnyaneshwar, Vitthal Tradition was to be found. Some learned person approves it ‘Shaiv Tradition’. But Saint Dnyaneshwar Maharaj gives the simple form to the Vitthal Tradition or Shaiv Traditionm. It is an extra ordinary and great deed. He opened the door of devotion to the whole society. There is no discrimination about race, cast and language in the Bhagavat Religion.

Saint Tukaram taught to take the name of Shri Vitthal. Janabai told to worship the God. All Saints adviced the people to become pilgrim of Pandhari. Many pious people approved this message. Many followers of Bhagavat Religion live in a village. Shri Lord Vitthal is their main God. Shri Vitthal is our God. It is the main idea behind the varikarism, Vaishnav Religion or Bhagavat Religion. The varkari Tradition began from Dnyaneshwar Maharaj and his elder brother Nivruttinath who was ‘Guru’ of Dnyaneshwar. Then many saints like Tukaram, Eknath, Namdev, Janabai spread this tradition. Saint Nilobarai was the last Saint of this tradition, it is approved by people.

All Saints of Maharashtra call himself ‘Vaishnav’ or the devotee of Vishnu. Shiv and Vishnu are same. Saint Narhari Sonar had got this experience. The same experience was written by Nilobarai. Samarth Ramdas had got vision of ‘Lord Shankar’. And Lord Shri Ram in the place of ‘Shri Vitthal’. Nivruttinath, Sopandev, Visoba Khechar etc. these saints were obliged of Shaiv in Nath Tradition. The forefathers of Dnyaneshwar were obliged by Nath Tradition. When Dnyaneshwar and his brothers came to Pandharpur, they adopte ‘Varkari Tradition’ by seeing the popularity of this tradition.’ According to some historians, Pandharpur was the field of ‘Shaivfield’. Therefore Pandharpur is co-ordination field or spot. Bhagavat Religion is the summary of ‘Vaidik Religion’. All Saints song or wrote the greatness of Ved, Upanishad, Geeta and Bhagavat in their poem.

You can get knowledge and devotion in Varkari Tradition. Listening of geeta, Bhagavat and Dnyaneshwari and Meditation of Lord ‘Vitthal’ is the main duly of this tradition. The Saints were not an inactive; they showed the solid way of devotion. Namdev tried to spread this tradition all over India. We can see the poems of Namdev in Gurugranthsaheb’.

Pandharpur Bhakta Nivas

Bhakta Nivas of Vitthal Rukmini Committee near Pandharpur Railway station.
Charges – Rs. 150 to 350 / Day
Bhakta Nivas Phone No.: 23312 / 24466

Other than Bhakta Nivas there are Caravansarai (Math) to stay in Pandharpur.

1. Saint Gajanan Maharaj Math Temple (Caravansarai)

In the middle place of Pandharpur City. Near the Shivaji Status – Rent 25 to 100

2. Gadge Maharaj’s (Math) Caravansarai.

On the Savarkar Road Near Pandharpur  S.T. Stand

3. Sarda Caravansarai

On the bank of Chandrabhaga – Rent Rs. 5 to 500.

4. Maheshwari Earavansarai

On the road of circumambulation. Beside Datta Ghat, Rent – Rs 30 to 300.

5. Lad Caravansarai

Beside the river on Uddhav Ghat – Rent Rs. 40 to 100.

6. A agari Caravansarai

On the road of circumambulation near Maheshwari  caravanserai – Rent Rs. 30 to 100.

7. Padmasali Caravansarai

Near Munucipality.

There are many hermitages in Pandharpur. They are

1. The hermitage of Muktabai

Near Datta Ghat, Amalmerkar Maharaj’s hermitage, Near the Kumbhar ghat on the road of circumambulation.  Ganga Kaka’s hermitage behind the Shinde Sarkar’s palace.

2. Chounde Maharaja’s hermitage

Beside the Nagreshwar Temple.

3. Dhondopant Dada’s hermitage

Near the Chandrabhaga river on the road of circumambulation.

4. Vaskar’s Palace

Behind the Dondopant’s hermitage

5. Banktswami Maharaj hermitage

On the road of  circumambulation, near the Tukaram Maharaj Temple.

6. Kukurmundekar Maharaj’s hermitage

Near the Chandrabhaga ghat.

7. Chopadekar Maharaj’s hermitage

Near the Chandrabhaga ghat.

8. Lohiya Maharaj’s hermitage

On the road of circumambulation

9. Vadgaonkar’s hermitage

Near Gahgakaka Shirvalkar’s hermitage

10. Aowekar Maharaj’s hermitage

Beyond the Uddhav temple on near Akabar Theatre.

11. Savatamali’s hermitage

In Saint Peth.

12. Narayan Gunda Maharaj’s hermitage

On the Road of circumambulation, on the Gandhi road. Behind the hermitage of Late Dunda Maharaj Deglukar.

13. Gadkar Math

Near the Dnyaneshwar Maharaj’s hermitage

14. Balapurkar’s hermitage

On the Road of circumambulation, on the Gandhi road. Near nath chowk.

15. Banvasdakar’s hermitage

Near Haridas ves.

16. Chudamani’s hermitage

Near Haridas Ves

17. The palace of Dasganu Maharaj

Near the Krishna Ghat and Municipality. Behind the Chaitanya Maharaj’s hermitage.

18. Thakurbuva’s Hermitage

Near the Krishnaji Ghat

19. Khandarkar Maharaj’s Hermitage

In the Kavathekar Auy, In face of Amalner Maharaj’s hermitage

20. Manmadkar Maharaj’s hermitage

Near Sawarkar Road.
Beside these hermitages there are so many hermitages. On the road of Sangola, Kendre Maharaj’s hermitage, Chudamani’s hermitage, Kabirbuva’s hermitage, Harilkar hermitage, Koli’s hermitage, Jaitunbi’s hermitage, Sarnikar’s hermitage, Saint Sena Nhavi’s hermitage, Jaloji’s hermitage etc. You can stay at any hermitage.

STD Code : 02186

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Best Time Visit Pandharpur

Pandharpur has both hot and cold climates in a year.

  • Summers (March to June) are hot and temperature can go beyond 42 °C, and tourists typically avoid visiting Pandharpur during the peak summer days in April and May.
  • Monsoons (July to September) are accompanied by mild to average rainfalls and offers relief to hot summer.
  • Winters (November to February) are characterized by medium level of humidity and warm cool weather. During winters minimum temperature can go below 10°C. Most of the tourists prefer this period.

Best time to visit Pandharpur is from July to February.

  • October to February is ideal for sightseeing, temple visits and city activities.
  • July to September is pleasant with cool and humid atmosphere. Be aware that in monsoons, water clogging on roads is very common.

 

 

Tourist places in Solapur District

Mangalavedha

The immolation of great devoration of Vitthal. Shri saint Damaji Pant.

 

Aran

Between Solapur and Pune Road. The temple of Sawata Mali.

Karnala

Between Nagar and Tembhurni road. The famous temple of Ambabai.

Barshi

The famous temple of Bhagavant

Akkalkot

A famous temple and immolation of Shri Swami Samarth. You can get free food here. Various religiouse programmers are held.

Solapur

A famous temple of Shri Siddharameshwar

Madha

A famous temple of Lord Shri Vitthal. Beside you can go the following holy places from Pandharpur. You can go by bus or private buses or railway. Tuljapur, gangapur, Shirdi, Nashik, trimbakeshwar, Pune Mumnai, Kolhapur, Gondvale, Sajjangad etc.

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