Structure of The Wari Sohala :

The WARI is the lead by the representatives of the BHOI SAMAJ. This is followed by the decorated horse believed to carry Saint Dnyaneshwar (MAULI – literally meant as MOTHER) on its back and hence is received with reverence and its forehead touched by devotees to express respect and gratitude towards MAULI. Close on heels is another horse with its rider carrying the SHITOLE SARKAR’s JARIPATKA (golden pennon). Next in the sequence are 26 DINDIs (group of WARKARIS). Behind them is the RATH (or chariot) carrying the PADUKAS of Saint Dnyaneshwar. The remaining dindis follow this RATH.


MAULI’s PALKI, the silver palanquin bearing MAULIs’ silver sandals reflect the undiminished importance that Saint Dnyaneshwar has in the hearts of people, an uncrowned king almost! Decorated and embroidered royal umbrella (ABDAGIRI) and silver fans (PANKHA) and the CHOWRY (fan made from special kind of flax for warding off flies) enhance the glory of the festivities.


Ahead and following the PALKHI are clusters or sub-sects of devotees who constitute the DINDIs. The DINDI is a procession comprehensively including the multitude, the banners, the cymbals, drums accompanying the PADUKAs. A typical Dindi would have the VEENEKARI (person carrying the VEENA, a musical instrument worn around the neck and supported by the hands) at the back with women folk walking along his side. The men carrying cymbals or TAALs (musical instrument made of bell metal) and PAKHAWAJ (kind of tabor or drum) would walk ahead of them. Some of the women would carry pots of water over their head (to provide for the group members) and a few would carry box metal containers with TULSI plants (holy basil) in them as Tulsi is believed to be dear to the Lord Vitthal. At the fore of the DINDI would be the PATAKADHARI, the bearer of the PATAKA (Saffron cloth flag which floats from a pole carried in a procession).
Close to 400 Dindis are aligned in the WARI – some ahead and some following the PALKHI RATH - in a disciplined, orderly, ordained and responsible manner. The sequence of these DINDIs has been determined by Shri Haibat Baba and has not changed even today.
27 registered DINDIs walk ahead of MAULI’s RATH. Another 201 registered DINDIs walk behind this RATH. Besides these, more than 100 unregistered DINDIs also participate. New DINDIs intending to join the WARI SOHALA, are required to get permission from the PANCH SAMITI. These DINDIs are allotted chronological numbers as they are incorporated into the fold. The number of WARKARIS in any DINDI could range anywhere between 100 to a thousand. When the procession leaves for PANDHARPUR from ALANDI (PRASTHAN), close to two lakh people participate in the SOHALA. This number swells to around 7 to 8 lakhs by the time it arrives in Wakhari (village close to Pandharpur).