Pandharpur Ekadashi 2017, When is Pandharpur Ekadashi in 2017? Importance of Pandharpur Ekadashi, religious significance of Ashadi Ekadashi & Kartik Ekadashi..
In 2017, Pandharpur Ekadashi date is July 4. Though every Ekadashi in Pandharpur is celebrated with great pomp, Ashadi Ekadashi and Kartik Ekadashi have great significance. Among these two, Ashadi Ekadashi has got even more importance attached to it.
‘Ashadi Wari’ (Procession of Sant Tukaram Palkhi and Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi) is the most significance feature of Ashadi Ekadashi. There is no definite information available about the origins of Wari tradition, a procession or pilgrimage to Pandharpur. But, there are some references about Vitthalpant, Sant Dnyaneshwar’s father joining the Wari to have darshan of Pandharpur Vithoba in Ashada Month and Kartik Month (October – November).
As per the above references, it can be inferred that Marathi people have seen this tradition being followed since the last 800 years.
On Ashadi Ekadashi day, a huge yatra known as Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadasi Waari Yatra culminates at Pandharpur, in Solapur district in south Maharashtra. Pandharpur is situated on the banks of the Chandrabhaga River. This temple town is the abode of Vithoba, a local form of Lord Vishnu.
Several lacs of devotees from various parts of Maharashtra come to Pandharpur on this day carrying Palkhis with the images of Sant Dnyaneshwar from Alandi, Sant Tukaram from Dehu, Sant Eknath from Paithan, Sant Nivruttinath from Trimbakeshwar, Sant Muktabai from Muktainagar, Sant Sopan from Sasvad and Sant Gajanan Maharaj from Shegaon. The pilgrims who carry Palkhis (Palanquins) are referred to as Warkaris.
Warkaris sing Abhangas (hymns dedicated to Vithoba) of Sant Tukaram and Sant Dnyaneshwar throughout the journey. They are welcomed with huge gaiety in each and every village or town and offered food & other facilities throughout the pilgrimage. They sing Abhangas (chanting hymns) of Saint Tukaram and Saint Dnyaneshwar, dedicated to Vithoba.
Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadashi is popularly observed as Devshayani Ekadashi (Maha Ekadashi) in other parts whereas the Kartik Ekadashi is referred to as Dev Prabhodini Ekadashi in other parts of India.