public manifestation of the Varkari cult are during the Ashadhi and Kartiki fairs held at
Pandharpur. Numerous people trek their way to Pandharpur on foot, in the company of the
palanquins of the various saints. Approximately a month before the Pandharpur yatra in
Ashadha the palanquins containing the padukas and masks of the saints are taken out from
the places where they have been laid to rest. The palkhi of Jnyaneshvar sets out from
Alandi while that of Tukaram from Dehu, from Tryambakeshvar goes that of Nivrittinath, and
from Paithan that of Ekanath. Nearly sixty palanquins from all over Maharashtra flock to
Pandharpur. Each palkhi is accompanied by a number of Dindis or bhajan parties who sing
the abhangas of various saints along the route. The procession reaches Pandharpur on the
tenth day of the latter half of the month, that is one day before the ekadashi.
whole area is full of Varkaris, of all ages and descriptions and theatmosphere is full of
the cheers that have echoed throughout the Iength and breadth of the country for hundreds
of years, 'Jai Jai Vithoba-Rakhumait, Jai Jai Vithoba Rakhumai!'
Pandhari was created first, only then Vaikunthi-nagari Pandharpur was in existence even
when nothing (else) with or without life existed.
Chandrabhaga was there even when Ganga and Godavari were yet to be born. Blessed is the
auspicious Pandhari that stands on the banks of the Bhima. Pandharpur remains undisturbed
even when the rest of the world goes to pieces. Its foundation is nothing less than the
Sudarshan chekra (of Vishnu) and hence its indestructible nature.
Oh Shri Hari, I have seen with my eyes this Pandbari says Nama.