Birdev Yatra at Itakare is annually observed in Chaitra month. The yatra is an important festival at the Birdev Mandir at Itakare in Walwa Taluka of Sangli District, Maharashtra. The shrine is dedicated to Birdev, Gram Devata. Itakare Birdev Yatra 2017 date is March 28.
The shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.
Birdev is the family deity of the Shepherd community from Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
The main ritual includes processions, palkhi and offerings to Vitthal Birdev.
Hundreds of people participate in the yatra and festivities. The temple remains open during the entire day and different rituals take place.
Birdev Yatra at Itakare is observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.