Pandharpur, July 12th, 2019: State government follows the path of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s constitutional thoughts. ‘We are working to fulfil wishes of people in the state, please let there be enough rainfall in the state…let the drought be over and make us prosperous and happy’, CM prayed to Lord Viththala. Varkari (pilgrim to Pandharpur) Viththal Chavan and his wife Prayagbai Chavan (A/P- Sangvi Sunegaon Tanda, Taluka- Ahmedpur, Dist.- Latur) got the honour to perform mahapuja on Ashadi Ekadashi along with CM Devandra Fadnavis and his wife Amrita Fadnavis.
The couple who got the chance to perform mahapuja was felicitated by CM on the behalf of Viththala Temple Committee in temple hall after the mahapuja. CM spoke on the occasion. Gurdian Minister Vijaykumar Deshmukh, Agriculture Minister Dr. Anil Bonde, Social Justice Minister Suresh Khade, Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Babanrao Lonikar, Water Resource State Minister Vijay Shivtare, Home State Minister Deepak Kesarkar, President of Viththal Temple Committee Dr. Atul Bhosale, Co-President Gahininath Maharaj Ausekar, MP Ranjitsinh Naik- Nimbalkar were present at the programme.
CM Devendra Fadnavis expressed, Wari to Pandharpur is a tradition followed from many centuries. Wari and Warkari kept alive the religion and culture in the times of invasions on Maharashtra. Dindi (walking trails) walk in disciplined way every year. That creates a positive environment. This positive energy will be used to make Maharashtra green lush, rich and tree-abundant. The government is trying to make this wari, that is a hundred year old tradition, clean and pure with the help of NGOs. CM appealed to warakari to participate in the drive to make it successful.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj taught Maharashtra to respect people and their feelings. He told that justice to Maratha and Dhangar community is given taking the inspiration from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
He praised the work that temple committee has done in last two years. He appealed all warkari to actively participate in the mission- “Namami Chandrabhaga’ to make it successful.”Namami Chandrabhaga” is a mission started by the government to clean Chandrabhaga River.
CM Devendra Fadnavis was felicitated on the behalf of farmers and warkari community in gratitude of granting reservation to the Maratha Community. Temple employees also felicitated CM as state government has decided to make temple employees permanent employees.
CM Devendra Fadnavis handed over the one year free-travel paas to the honoured warkari couple, on the behalf of MSRTC. CM also unveiled the books Milestone, Ringan and Vedsohala- the books that reports about programmes organised by the temple trust and its journey.
Temple committee distributes awards every year. First award for clean dindi was awarded to Marutibua Karadkar Dindi of Dnyaneshwar Mauli Palkhi. The award included Rs. one lakh and a trophy. Second award went to Sadguru Mhatarbaba Pathrudkar dindi of Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi Sohala. The award included Rs. seventy five thousand cash and a trophy. Gurudatt Prasadik dindi of Eknath Maharaj Palkhi Sohala was given third award with Rs. fifty thousand cash and a trophy.
Dr. Atul Bhosale presented work report of the temple committee in the introduction. Co-President Gahininath Maharaj Ausekar expressed thanks.