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SEWA SAHYOG : INITIATIVE FOR CLEAN PILGRIMAGE

Pandharpur, a small town in Solapur district of south Maharashtra is popularly known as Kashi of South (Dakshin Kashi). It’s Deity - Vitthal allies Pandurang is worshipped not only in Maharashtra, but also in neighbouring Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujrat. The biennial pilgrimage called “Waari” is very popular in Maharashtra, north Karnataka and parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It has recorded tradition of thousands of years. The pilgrims known as “Warkaris” are mostly farmers and also professionals from traditional vocations and are from across the cast and creed. This pilgrimage carried out four times a year - in Hindu months of Ashadh, Kartik, Magh and Chaitra. Out of which Ashadh Shukla Ekadashi (11th day of first fortnight) and Kartik Shukla Ekadashi are known as Maha Ekadashi days and are observed all over the Maharashtra and in entire south. The Waari is a pilgrimage on foot which reaches Pandharpur on these Maha Ekadashi days from all over the state. There are two ma…