Pune: Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi Sohla 2024 Schedule Unveiled

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Reported By Varad Bhatkhande

Alandi, 11th June 2024: The Jagadguru Shri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Sansthan has announced the schedule for the 339th Palkhi ceremony of Shri Sant Tukaram Maharaj. The Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi Sohla 2024 will commence with a departure ceremony on 28th June in the afternoon, with the palanquin scheduled to arrive in Pandharpur on 16th July, coinciding with Ashadi Ekadashi.

Annually, the Warkari community embarks on the Wari pilgrimage to Pandharpur to celebrate Ashadhi Ekadashi, observed on the eleventh lunar day of the Hindu month of Ashadha. During this auspicious journey, palanquins carrying revered saints like Sant Dnyaneshwar and Sant Tukaram are reverently transported from their resting places to Pandharpur. This spiritual procession holds immense significance for devotees, symbolizing a period of profound faith and communal devotion.

The Palkhi procession is scheduled to remain in Pandharpur from 16th July to 21st July. On 21st July, it will depart Pandharpur in the afternoon, making its way to Dehu. The palanquin is expected to return to Shri Kshetra Dehu Gaon by 2 pm on 31st July. The dates were announced by Palkhi ceremony chiefs Manik Maharaj More, Vishal Maharaj More, and Santosh Maharaj More. Present at the announcement were President Purushottam Maharaj More and Trustee Sanjay Maharaj More of the Shri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Sansthan.

The Palkhi ceremony of Sant Tukaram Maharaj in 2024 holds special significance as it will take place for the first time in the newly constructed temple of Shri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Sansthan on the Nagar Pradakshina road in Pandharpur.

Here are the important dates for the Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi 2024:

– 28th June: The palanquin will commence its journey on Friday, with the first stop at Inamdar Wada.
– 29th June: The procession will halt near The Hajrat Syed Angadshah Baba Dargah for the first Abhanga Aarti and then at the Paduka Temple in Chincholi for the second Abhanga Aarti. Later in the evening, it will stop at Shri Vitthal Temple in Akurdi.
– 30th June and 1st July: The Palkhi will stay at Shri Nivdungya Vitthal Temple in Nana Peth, Pune.
-2nd July: The palanquin will depart from Pune for Loni Kalbhor, where it will stay at the new Palkhi base.
– 3rd July: The procession will stay at the Bhairavnath temple in Yavat.
– 4th July: The Palkhi will stay at Vitthal Temple in Varvand, followed by a stop at Undawadi on 5th July.
– 6th July: Accommodation at the premises of Baramati Sharda Vidyalaya, and on 7th July at Sansar.
– 8th July: The first Ringan will be held at Belwadi, followed by a night halt at Anthurne and a stay at Nimgaon Ketki on 9th July. The second Ringan will take place at Indapur on 10th July.
– 12th July: After a Nira bath at Sarati in the morning, the palanquin will proceed to Akluj and complete the third round of Ringan there in the afternoon.
– 13th July: The first standing Ringan will be held at Malinagar, followed by accommodation at Borgaon. On the evening of 14th July, there will be a halt at Tondale Bondle and a night stay at Pirachi Kuroli. The second standing Ringan will take place at Bajirao Well on the evening of 15th July.
– 16th July: The palanquin will depart for Pandharpur from Bakhri in the morning. In the evening, the last and third standing Ringan will be conducted at the Paduka Aarti venue. The palanquin will then enter Shri Kshetra Pandharpur town in the evening and rest in the newly constructed building of Shri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Temple at night.
– 21st July: The return journey to Dehu will commence.