Concept of Wari

The PANDHARPUR WARI is distinct from all other forms of pilgrimages like the ‘yatra’ in a variety of ways. To begin with, it is a collective form of BHAKTI (worship) often undertaken as an extension of family tradition. It has a predetermined scheduled and route and has no purpose other than sheer worship. The ‘yatra’ on the under hand is undertaken by individuals at their convenience to a variety of deities for personal reasons. Participating in the WARI is..

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Unique Features of The Wari

In the WARI participant WARKARIS are undaunted by natural impediments (rain or shine, winds and darkness) and hardships of the walk. This is because of their faith and conviction that they would be able to meet their Lord (Vitthal) since MAULI is by their side, caring and guiding them through this pilgrimage. While on the WARI some faithfuls do not consume even a drop of water during the day. ..

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The Wari Tradition

The WARI tradition dates back into times. Saint Dnyaneshwar’s great grandfather – Trymbakpant Kulkarni – used to walk the WARI from his native Apegaon to Pandharpur. Saints Dnyaneshwar, Namdev, Sawta Mali, Chokhoba and Tukaram used to participate in the WARI in their own life times. The WARI could hence be treated as a confluence of the practitioner saints and proponents of the BHAGWAT DHARMA. The tradition of the present ‘PALKHI SOHALA’ (literally WARI of festivities) can be ...

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