Early morning today I was lucky to witness an amazing happening in Pune. It was the Waari (a devotional annual 21 day pilgrimage to Pandharpur). The long procession accompanied by thousands of devotees singing and dancing divine songs took almost ½ an hour to pass the point from where I was

Large contingent awaits Mauli

watching. The devotional fervor of faith was stirring and  charged with emotion and despite the large numbers there is absolutely no pushing and shoving each other. In fact I too walked with the procession which to me was a never before experience. It was all so electrifying that I almost forgot to take pictures – remembered just in time 🙂

Thousands of devotees who accompany the Palkis of Sant Dyaneshwar’s commonly known as Mauli or Jnanadev or Jnaneshwar and Sant Tukaram

Dindi (Group) moving to join main procession.

Maharaj had a nights rest in our city. Every morning the palki’s (palanquin) carrying the silver padukas (foot imprints) are lovingly decorated before they set off for the days walk . The carrying of silver padukas (foot imprints) of the two Sants in their respective palkhis was started by Sant Tukaram’s youngest son Narayan Maharaj in 1685. Devotees on the way reverentially try to reach as close as they can to the padukas of the Lord to seek blessings.

Sant Dynaneshwar was a spiritual guru who had translated the Sanskrit script of the Bhagwad Gita to Marathi language to be easily read by many. His follower Sant Tukaram was also considered a great saint and a folk poet. The theme of this awesome ‘walk of faith’ is to keep alive the wisdom & teachings of these enlightened saints – give up discrimination, denounce immorality and bring about social change.

Sant Dyaneshwar’s Palki approaches

The tradition of annual pilgrimage is said to have started more than 800 years and is popularly known as Waari. You may like to read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varkari  Sant (Saint) Dyaneswar’s Palki starts from their resting place at Alandi and Sant Tukaram’s palki starts from a nearby town of Dehu. Groups from various towns and villages join the procession at designated points and are known as Dindis.

People from all walks of life follow walk, singing and dancing as they go along. In India our village folk and farmers generally lead simple lives. Kirtans (singing devotional songs) and Satsangs (meetings) to interpret spirituality in common lives are held at points where the Palki rests for the night.


Seeking blessings from the holy fire

Following the procession

Interestingly you can spot a large number of Doctors, Politicians, Businessmen, Professors and city folk also in procession. The power of chanting and faith is said to be electrifying and devotees

return fully charges and free of their sorrows.

Cute kid held aloft

May the vibrations of devotion and faith spread to all and everywhere.

Namaste! 🙂


About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

22 responses »

  1. Dear Dilip,

    Do have a look at ‘some of the narratives on ‘Discovering Tukaram’ at https://www.facebook.com/InnishariWallNarratives?ref=hl
    I am trying to create narratives to bring the wisdom of Tukaram to the young generation – the relevance of his teachings in the modern context.
    Do take a look. Will appreciate your views.
    Many Thanks,
    Sonali Kothari


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hi Sonali,

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I am inspired by your quest to bring the spiritual wisdom of Sant Tukaram within the reach of the young the citizens of tomorrow. This will certainly help them enhance their decision making abilities and motivate them to spread goodness and succor all around

      Your site is fascinating with much positive vibes and wonderful quotes. I spent quite some time reading the abundance of simple and practical and in-turn getting inspired.

      I also look forward to visit and view some of your works when displayed in Sorab Hall or places near to me.

      As a founder and a young entrepreneur of Innishari with a quest as noble as it is I tip my hat to you.

      BTW I am sure you will be happy for me to use a quote by Maxwell Maltz which you have on your blog. The aim being to spread inspiration to my blogger community in my modest way. I will surely be mentioning due credit to you.

      Kind regards,



      • Dear Dilip,
        Thank you for visiting my page and for your views! Surely, you can use the quote by Maxwell Maltz. I will definitely keep you updated on any exhibitions that I put. Do pass the word around in your blog/ community about Innishari Wall Narratives . I am trying to get housing societies/ offices/ public spaces etc. to put these thoughts and visuals in their common spaces.

        Warm regards


        • dilipnaidu says:

          Dear Sonali,

          Thanks for that lovely quote image by Maltz 🙂 Yes I would love to pass the word on Innishari Wall narratives to my blogging community in the near future. To draw attention do you think it may be a good idea to upload one of your attractive designs along with a suitable extract from your website and of-course the link. Or if you have a better suggestion do let me know.

          Kind regards,


        • Dear Dilip,
          How do I upload a picture on your blog? Can you share your email with me so that I can share one of the visual narratives with you along with a write up. Also I wanted to invite you to ‘Discovering Tukaram’ with Dr. Sadanand More and Prof Abhay Tilak at AYATANA in Pune Camp. How do I attach the invite here so that you can share it with your community?


        • Dear Dilip,
          Please join us for an interactive session on the life and teachings of Sant Tukaram at Ayatana in Pune Camp on Sunday, 20th of July, 2014. Dr. Sadanand More and Prof Abhay Tilak will lead the discussions and the Kirtan inbetween. Do check out my FB page (Innishari Workshops) for more details and share it in your group!



  2. manju says:

    Yes, the Pandharpurchi Waari is an extraordinary tradition. How wonderful that devotees still undertake this annual journey of faith in such large numbers.

    Devotees of all castes joining together in this spiritual journey is indeed an effective way of spreading the message of unity and social change!

    Great pictures and description of the Waari!


    • Dilip says:

      Namskar Manju! To me even a few hours in the Waari is an unforgettable experience to be part of a flow of spirituality.

      I am so glad you liked it! Cheers.


  3. supriyadhende says:

    Hello Sir,

    How are you…??? I am pleased to see this post…I always wanted to participate in this waari, due to some or other reason I was unable to make it..but one time I will surely go in this waari… Dindi calali calali vitthalacha darshanala ,, ghume gajar hari namaca ,,, bhakta namat dangala……

    Supriya Dhende


    • Dilip says:

      Supriya it is an experience of a lifetime charged with devotion (shraddha) and the continuous chanting of ‘Mauli’. Yes I know you will and I love the Marathi words you’ve written. ‘Atta maaghi marathi pushkal changli zhali aahe!
      Thanks for coming over.

      Cheers & be awesome!


  4. soumyav says:

    A wonderful post! a rare one seen here . nostalgic feeling of the same can be felt thru the photos and words..


  5. Asifa Zunaidha says:

    Thanks for sharing a 800 year old Indian spiritual tradition against casteist discrimination 🙂


  6. slalvani167 says:

    Many thanks for sharing this remarkable spiritual experience. On viewing the kind of gentry undertaking this pilgrimage & their degree of fervour, it bears testimony to infiniteness of their Faith- truly spiritually enriching!!
    Sunder Lalvani


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hey Sunder this a truly lovely surprise. Muchas Gracias my dear friend 🙂 And yes the experience of seeing the expressions and hearing the chantings of the devout followers was just amazing. Thanks for stopping by and best regards!


  7. Ved Ojha says:

    “DHYAN MOOLAM GUROOR-MURTEEH” meaning “The root of meditation is the form of the Guru, the root of liberation is the grace of the Guru” & a Sanskrit sloka which can describe feelings of these devotees “SHUBHAM KAROTI KALYANAM” meaning “Salutations to the Light of the Lamp which brings Auspiciousness, Health, Prosperity and destroys Inimical Feelings and Sins”, thanks to you sir to make us aware about such vital happenings which carries such primacy to our livings if we genuinely care about it. “I would prefer to say Pranaam to you instead of namastey”


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Yes dear friend Sant Dyaneshwar (Mauli) and Sant Tukaram are indeed enlightened gurus. And their spiritual teachings are brought to bear upon not only simple village folk but also intellectuals and business people. A Guru or a Mentor always provides guidance.

      Thank you so much for emphasizing this point.

      I reciprocate your Pranaams!


  8. Thank you for sharing this beautiful experience with us!


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