Pandharpur Cycle Wari : A Worldclass Experience

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Siddhi Dharmadhikari

Pimpri, 20th June 2022: Due to the Corona pandemic, lots of people were not able to do something which they were passionate about. The same incident happened with Prashant Raul. Prashant, a member of Green Army Pimpri Chinchwad expressed that after two whole years of pandemics, he was able to cycle to Pandharpur to see his Lord Panduranga.


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“The aim is to interact with people on environmental issues like every year and to take new cyclists to Pandharpur Cycle Wari,” said Prashant.

Prashant informed that it was not confirmed if wari will happen this year or not. But it was decided a month ago and the preparations started regarding the same. A road of 50 to 60 km was chosen for the training, sometimes Dehu, sometimes Alandi and occasionally Kasarsai Dam.


As the date neared, people started to join the group. Prashant informed that in the end, the last 10 cyclists named Nitin Khilare, Nitin Surve, Sunil Gawde, Sudhir Patil, Durvesh More, Bharat Wable, Abhijit Wable, Yogesh Vidhate, Prashant Raul and driver Pravin Adhav became the part of the cycle war and everyone started for the preparation for July 17 where the cycle wari was going to start.


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Prashant further informed that at 5 am everyone reached PCNTDA circle and at 5:30 am the flag was off. Rahul Gholap, Manik Dharmadhikari, Sagar Wagh, and Maruti Salunkhe of Nisargaraja team were present. The cycle journey started from Indrayani Nagar where six cyclists joined them following the Hadapsar area where three more cyclists connected with them.


Prashant said, “Cycling was pleasant in the fascinating atmosphere of the morning, but as the sun was rising, sometimes the reverse wind and road climbs were making the cycle ride more challenging but the passion of cycling and the attraction of seeing the God Panduranga was breaking all the challenges. But the real challenge was to cross the steepest road from Bhigwan to Indapur. We crossed 163 km at 7 pm and reached Indapur.”


Ramesh Shinde of Indapur Cycle Club was present along with his colleagues to welcome the 10 cyclists. All the cyclists were also welcomed at the Indapur Gate near Maloji Raje Bhosale Memorial. After reaching the rest house, they received the opinions and guidance of many dignitaries working in the social sector in Indapur city. The Green Army informed about the ongoing action plans in the field of environment and natural planting methods.


“The next morning, the cyclists of Indpur Cycle Club came with us to Ujani dam to cheer us up, all the cyclists were honoured with a certificate on behalf of Mahatma Phule Satyashodhak Pratishthan. After the photo session in front of the Ujani dam, we left for Pandharpur,” said Prashant.


Later at Temburni, Prashant’s brother-in-law Uddhav Jadhav had arranged breakfast for all the cyclists along with District Band Solapur member Shri Bandu Nana Dhawale. He wished all the cyclists well. After Tembhurni they left Solapur Highway and turned inwards, the relatively short road and the wind again reduced the distance in the opposite direction than on the first day, but as the distance was getting shorter, the speed of cycling was increasing.


On reaching Pandharpur, Rahul Gholap’s school friend Bapurao Umade was present at the reception. They all then visited the statue of the first MLA of Pandharpur; Deceased Bhai (Raghunath) Raul on Station Road left for Panduranga.


Prashant said, “As the crowd was high, we visited the temple of God Panduranga and Rukmini and waited for our return. We had a Landharour speciality in our meal before leaving Pandharpur.”

“The body was definitely tired but the thrill of this Wari of Pandharpur was still there,” Prashant added further.


Prashant expressed that “Hopefully, this unique cycling, which conveys the message of environment, was completed with the blessings of the Lord Panduranga.”