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Temples & Legends Of Maharastra
Index Of Maharastra Preface
Kulapati's Preface The Author
Morgaon - Moreshvar

Kolhapur - Mahalakshmi

Tuljapur - Bhavani Ganagapur - Dattatreya
Pedhe - Parashurama Bhimashankar - Bhimashankar
Tryambakeshvar - Trymbak Khandoba - Jejuri
Pandhapur - Vitthal Glossary
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PANDHARPUR - VITTHAL

Although when moving about in his routine daily life he does not make himself conspicuous through any special dress or sectarian symbols, the Varkari when he moves out for his vari or trip to Pandharpur does have a peculiar aspect. His dress consists of the ordinary shirt and dhoti with a turban or a cap, but he will be carrying the ‘tals' or small cymbals in his hands, a rosary of tulshi - beads would be conspicuously seen around his neck and he would inevitably carry the saffron nag from a short stick. It is the congregation of these Varkaris so turned out, that make the palanquin procession so very picturesque. Who is a Varkari The word vari means a trip or pilgrimage to that place during the Ashadh and Kartik months. One who undertakes this vari is a Varkari, Literally speaking, the meaning of the word vari is a thing or a feature recurring at fixed intervals. Unlike visitors the Varkari is bound to attend the ekadashi fairs of these two months every year. He would take care to fulfil this duty most faithfully. On reaching Pandharpur, a snana in the Chandrabhaga, the darshan of Pundalik and above all the darshan of Vitthal are the chief rites, if they can be called as such, that he is to perform. The Vithoba is the sole object of his devotion, of his bhakti.

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