Coronavirus impact: No Ashadhi Palkhi procession this year

ST Staff
Friday, 29 May 2020

Amid guesswork over approval to ‘Ashadi Palkhi’ procession from Alandi and Dehu, the decision has made that amid the coronavirus outbreak there will be no ‘Wari’ this year.

Amid guesswork over approval to ‘Ashadi Palkhi’ procession from Alandi and Dehu, the decision has made that amid the coronavirus outbreak there will be no ‘Wari’ this year.

Wari procession has a long history in Maharashtra. In the procession, lakh of devotees from Warkari community through ‘Wari’ march barefoot to Pandharpur (in Solapur district) by carrying padukas of saints like Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram from their respective shrines. This tradition is more than 600 years old as it depicts the Maharashtrian culture. Thousands of Warkaris from various parts of the state join the ‘Wari’ procession.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar who is also the Guardian Minister of Pune recently had held a meeting with the trustees of the Pandharpur, Dehu and Alandi temple said that the decision regarding this would be taken after May 30. The Trustees had earlier stated that the Wari is an age-old tradition and wanted to keep it going amid the lockdown.

The government on Thursday has unanimously decided to carry Padukas of saints from Dehu and Alandi to Pandharpur by helicopter, aeroplane or any other vehicle but has asked not to go through the mega procession.

Meanwhile, religious processions are not allowed as per the guidelines issued by the Home Ministry.

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