PUNE: The Wari procession this year is seeing a new trend as hundreds of young people participated in the Wari, carrying forward the tradition.
During the Palkhi, warkaris, generally persons above 40 can be seen in huge numbers but in recent years, it has been noticed that youngsters too are participating in huge numbers in the processions. These devotees come from all parts of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
Shivaji Shinde, a warkari from Satara, said, “From last two years we have started taking our children so that they should understand the importance of the Palkhi procession and the emotions and devotion behind the journey.” Tarabai More, another warkari from Kolhapur, said, “We have started bringing our children along with us though we have to pay more than Rs 5,000 for a single person, but we want children to come along with us.”
Rohit Yevle, another warkari from Beed, said, “We work hard every year and earn sufficient money so that we could bring our children along with us. Taking them along with us is a tough job, but we still manage to take the risk.”