Ringan :

The biggest and constant attraction in the WARI SOHALA has been the RINGAN (a circular pattern or arrangement which is followed by the WARKARIS). The high point or zenith of the BHAJAN is the RINGAN. It is a source of distraction and respite after long hours of walk for the WARKARIS. There are 2 kinds of RINGANS – viz the the circular RINGAN and the standing (UBHE) RINGAN.
3 standing RINGANS are presented in the PALKHI SOHALA. The 1st is organized at Chandobache Limba (near Lonand), the 2nd at Bhandishegaon and the 3rd near Bajirao Vihir after the PALKHI leaves Wakhri and reaches closest to Pandharpur. In addition to these, there are four circular RINGANS. These are performed at Sadashiv Nagar, Khudus Phata, Thakur Baba Samadhi and again at Bajirao Vihir near Wakhri. It is commonly observed that two RINGANS are performed on the left while two on the right side of the route, two before and two after lunch. This tradition has customarily been followed from times immemorial. When the UBHE (standing) RINGAN is setup, the horses are first brought onto the walking path. The CHOPDAR then instructs the DINDIs to assemble in rows on either side along the walking path. The row-wise arrangement is duly formed. All the DINDIS then start performing frolic, fun, jest and sport without leaving their positions. Following this, the CHOPDAR leads MAULIs horse along with the other horse rider around MAULIs PALKHI from the right. While they complete this perambulation, the WARKARIS reverentially chant MAULI!! MAULI!! while still playing the cymbals and PAKHAWAJ. This continues till the horses reach their initial position in the PALKHI. The CHOPDAR then climbs over the RATH, raises his silver staff and cries out “HO” aloud. In the next instance silence spreads across the mass of humanity. At Taratgaon, similar RINGAN is performed and the chant of TUKARAM!! TUKARAM!! reaches a crescendo. At Wakhari, MAULI’s AARTI is performed *******. With this the UBHE RINGAN SOHALA comes to a close.

For the circular RINGAN, MAULI’s PALKHI remains at the centre. This is surrounded by a loop of PATAKADHARIs (WARKARIS or carriers of PATAKA – cloth streamers atop a pole, similar to a triangular flag). Next in the concentric arrangement are people who have come to witness this sport, with backs to the PATAKADHARIs. Then is the circular pathway for the horses to gallop. Facing them and slightly away from this circular runway are spectators who seat themselves in order to watch the exciting proceedings. Farthest away from the centre are some WARKARIS enjoying their own games and sport. This is the general arrangement that gets adopted or followed. The most demanding task that the CHOPDAR has to perform is to create the actual pathway for the horses to gallop – almost through an ocean of humanity. Once this RINGAN is set in place, the CHOPDAR instructs the Bhople DINDI (14th ahead of the RATH) JARIPATKADHARI (horse rider wielding the golden pennon) to circumambulate thrice while the chants of MAULI! MAULI rise in excitement and happiness. To the company of the urgings, the horses complete three or even more perambulations. This is an absolutely fulfilling and surprising sight. After the perambulations are completed, the CHOPDAR takes the horses to the PAKHI where they pay their obeisance to MAULI and then retire for some time