Since every year the "palkhi" travels by my office and each time my heart get filled with due respect to these warkaris whose souls are filled with devotion and harmony.
You must wondering about the term wari and warkari. A warkari (pilgrim) is a person who makes a circular pilgrimage (a wari). In this case, it is usually from his/her home, in a Maharashtrian village to the Vithal temple in Pandharpur and back.
(Person Carrying the holy water)
There are two separate Palkhis - Tukaram Palkhi from Dehu and the Dnyaneshwar Palkhi from Alandi. both the Palkhis meet in Pune for a brief halt and then diverge at Hadapsar to meet again at Wakhri, a village nearby to Pandharpur.
(Chopdar - A man who leads the Dindi, small section of the wari)
(Tukaram Palkhi )
(Tired Bullaks are getting changed with fresh new bullaks)
(Warkaris - Full of enthusiam)
(Tal- An instrument used for devotional songs)
(Warkari carrying a holy plant of Tulsi)
The devotion and harmony that characterises the pilgrimage has drawn many atheists as well. Noted Marathi writer P L Deshpande, himself a non-believer, says, "Touching the tired feet of a warkari is more devotional than touching the feet of Lord Vithoba." This procession of palkhis to Pandharpur is more than just a pilgrimage; it represents a tradition that unites diverse people.
(Warkari carrying a Tanpura - An Musical instrument)
When a person makes a pilgrimage, he learns an important lesson in life, that persons and situations cannot affect a person who keeps the faith. Dindi makes a man samarth with increased self esteem.
According to me Warkaris are the true example of Simple living and high thinking.