Pundalik Utsav in Pandharpur Vitthal Temple

Pandharpur Vitthal Temple

Pandharpur Vitthal Temple

Bhakta Pundalik Utsav is a grand celebration in Pandharpur Vitthal Temple near Solapur in Maharashtra. In 2017, Bhakt Pundalik Utsav date is February 6.

It is observed on Shukla Paksha Dasami in Magh Month, a day prior to Maghi Ekadashi.

Along with two major festivals in Pandharpur temple: Ashadi Wari Yatra and Kartik Ekadasi Yatra, Magh Yatra is also popular in the temple. Magh Yatra is a 15-day pilgrimage held from Magh Shuddh Pratipada to Magh Pournima. Vasant Panchami, Rath Saptami and Magh Shuddh Ekadasi are important days in Magh Yatra.

Magh Yatra and Bhakt Pundalik Utsav attracts nearly one lakh devotees to Pandhapur temple.

Bhakta Pundalik (Pundarik) is the most famous and ardent devotee of Lord VItthal (Vithoba of Pandharpur). He is credited as the devotee who brought Vitthala to Pandharpur temple. Pundalik is also believed as the founder of Varkari sect. Varkari sect is given greater importance in the worship of Lord Vitthal.

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