Today Sant Dnyaneshwar’s (and Sant Tukaram’s Palkhi left on 7th July) Palkhi left Pune for Pandhar pur on a 21 days journey on foot. Lakhs of people young and old from rural areas, city intellectuals, artists, professionals and businessmen collectively accompany the Palkhi singing
and dancing, chanting names of the two saints Dnyanba-Tukaram in what are called as Dindis (organised group of warkaris) to the holy town of Pandharpur. The atmosphere gets charged with powerful vibrations and fervor. The pilgrimage is a story of human endurance and hope.
The annual Palkhis of Sant Tukaram and Sant Dnyaneshwar infuse a festive air in Pune. Palkhi, a unique feature of Maharashtrian culture, is a 1000-yar-old tradition followed by the warkaris (people who follow the wari, a fundamental ritual).
Sant Jñāneshwar / Sant Dnyāneshwar (1275-1296) (ज्ञानेश्वर in Marathi), also known as Jñanadeva – ज्ञानदेव, was a 13th century Maharashtran saint, poet, philosopher and yogi of the Nath tradition whose works Bhavartha deepika teeka (a commentary on Bhagavad Gita, popularly known as “Dnyaneshwari”), and Amrutanubhav are considered to be milestones in Marath literature. Read more on this at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dnyaneshwar
Enjoy and listen to Bhimsen Joshi’s famous Bhajan Maze Maher Pandhari http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fbxd_zndHhU