Pune’s Palkhi Procession Mesmerizes G-20 Delegates With Tradition And Devotion

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Shivajinagar, 12th June 2023: Pune, renowned for its cultural heritage, witnessed a mesmerizing display of tradition as delegates from around the world attending the G-20 ‘Digital Economy Working Group’ meeting immersed themselves in the grandeur of Maharashtra’s cultural richness.

The delegates had the unique opportunity to experience the sacred Palkhi ceremony, a cherished tradition of the region. The event took place at the entrance of Fergusson College near the Sant Tukaram Maharaj Paduka Mandir, with arrangements made by the administration and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

Under the watchful eyes of Pune District Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil, a dedicated pavilion was set up to provide an authentic encounter with the Palkhi ceremony for the G-20 delegates. The dignitaries were warmly welcomed by Guardian Minister Patil, accompanied by distinguished personalities such as Pune Police Commissioner Retesh Kumaarr, Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh, Joint Commissioner of Police Sandeep Karnik, and Municipal Additional Commissioner Vikas Dhakne.

The ceremonial extravaganza commenced with the resounding beats of the drums and the attendees adorned with tulsimala, Warkari uparna (stole), and caps. As the Dindi, the groups of devotees, started to arrive on the Palkhi route, a spectacle of vibrant colors and jubilant faces unfolded before the delegates’ eyes. With saffron flags held high, women Warkari balancing Tulsi plants on their heads, taal, mridanga, and veena playing in harmony, the chants of ‘Ram Krishna Hari’ and ‘Dyanoba Mauli Tukaram’ filled the air. The enchanting sound of abhangs (devotional poetry) resonated, while balloons soared high and dancers gracefully swayed to the rhythm. The delegates found themselves captivated by this extraordinary experience. Some representatives were blessed with a tilak, a sacred mark, on their foreheads by the devout Warkari.

पुणे: जी-२० प्रतिनिधींनी घेतले पालखीचे दर्शन याची देही याची डोळा अनुभवला पालखी सोहळा

Eager to immerse themselves fully, a few delegates joined in the dance, moving to the pulsating beats of the drums. Others enthusiastically engaged in playing Phugadi alongside the exuberant workers. Women representatives showcased their reverence by gracefully balancing Tulsi plants atop their heads. Everyone present, enchanted by the sights and sounds, captured the moments on their mobile phones, etching memories of the Palkhi procession. The delegates paid homage to the workers with heartfelt salutations, deeply appreciating the Indian tradition and its significance.

Amidst the electrifying atmosphere, the characteristic Shankhanad performed by the Keshav Shankhanad Squad and the resounding beats of the Dhol Squad added an extra layer of splendor to the proceedings. As the Dindis moved forward in disciplined rows, anticipation grew as the palanquin of Sant Tukaram Maharaj approached.

Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil, accompanied by foreign representatives, eagerly made his way through the crowd to catch a glimpse of the revered palanquin. To their surprise, some of the foreign delegates were equally enthralled and hurried to witness this sacred spectacle. With hearts filled with devotion, Guardian Minister Patil and the G-20 representatives approached the palanquin, paying their respects to Sant Tukaram Maharaj.

This remarkable encounter between the delegates and the sacred Palkhi ceremony showcased the depth of Maharashtra’s cultural heritage. It was a moment where traditions, spirituality, and unity converged, leaving an indelible impression on the participants. As the delegates departed, they carried with them not just memories but also a deeper appreciation for the vibrant tapestry of Indian culture. Pune, a city of rich traditions, once again demonstrated its ability to blend the old with the new, creating an unforgettable experience for all.


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