The Annual Pandharpur Yatra, als0 known as Pandhapur Palki Yatra or Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadasi Waari Yatra, is the most famous pilgrimage to Lord Vithoba Temple located in Pandharpur, Solapur district of Maharashtra.
This yatra actually begins 21 days before the Ashadi Ekadasi and culminates on Ashadi Ekadashi day.
Every year 21 days before the Ashadi Ekadasi (June & July), the palkhi of Sant Dnyaneshwar starts from Alandi and that of Sant Tukram starts from Dehu. On the Ashadi Ekadasi the Palkhi reaches the holy town of Pandharpur.
Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadasi Waari Yatra 2017 Dates :
In 2017 Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadasi Waari Yatra started on June 16, 2017 and the yatra culminates on Ashadi Ekadashi day on July 4, 2017.
The devotees or pilgrims are called as ‘Warkaris’ and they march in groups, each group of Warkaris is called as ‘Dindi’. The Journey from Dehu and Alandi to Pandharpur is called as ‘Wari’. The Warkaris walk nearly 450 kilometres during their journey to reach Pandharpur and offer their prayers to lord Vitthal (A reincarnation of Lord Vishnu).
The Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadasi Waari Yatra 2017 will be telecasted live on Star Maaza, TV9 Mumbai, Zee Marathi, IBN Lokmat, DD Sahyadri, and major news channels like Aaj Tak, NDTV, ABP News, TV9, CNN IBN, etc.