On Friday, the Prime Minister of India has shared a video on the ongoing 21-days long Ashadhi Ekadashi Wari in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. Pandharpur Wari is the annual pilgrimage to Pandharpur, which is celebrated to honor Saint Dnyaneshwar and Sant Tukaram, conducted in the Ashadha Shukla Ekadashi month according to the Marathi Calendar.
In the 1 minute 30 seconds video, PM Modi has explained the link between Pandharpur in Solapur District with Ashadhi Ekadashi, which is celebrated today, this year on July 12.
The annual puja of Lord Vitthal in Pandharpur takes place every year in late June, with lakhs of pilgrims marching on foot from distinct parts of the state and also from neighboring states like Karnataka, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.
The pilgrims are warmly greeted by villagers all along the approximately 250 kilometers long routes.
During the long journey, pilgrims with holy basil beads, sing the glory of Lord Vithoba as well as other saints, and the long foot walk finally ends at Pandharpur on the auspicious day of Ashadhi Ekadashi.
Considered to be around seven centuries old, Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadashi Wari journey has also been honored by the United Kingdom’s World Book of Records for being one of the most-visited sites on a single day.