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Tukaram Grantha Parayan Sohala as part of 400th birth anniversary Sant Tukaram at Dehu

Tukaram Grantha Parayan Sohala, sacred book reading, attended by 2000,000 devotees is being held at Dehu village in Maharashtra as part of the 400th birth anniversary celebrations of Sant Tukaram. The week-long programme is organized by the Akhil Bhartiya Warkari Mandal and is attended by devotees from India and abroad.

The great saint-poet, Tukaram (1608-1650) was born at Dehu village near Pune in Maharashtra and he spread the devotion for Lord Vithoba (Vitthal) through his poems.

Somnath Deshkar writes in Times of India

According to Prakash Maharaj Bodhale, president of Akhli Bharatiya Warkari Mandal, the 'Grantha Parayan' will be held round the clock for the next eight days. The warkari mandal received over one lakh nominations from devotees to participate in the programme . Huge pandals have been erected and other arrangements for the devotees' convenience have also been made. The pandal can accommodate nearly 60,000 people. A separate conference on Sant Tukaram's literature and a devotional music programme have also been organized.

"The 400th birth anniversary of Sant Tukaram Maharaj is being celebrated throughout the state this year. Sant Tukaram Temple Trust has appealed to all devotees to celebrate the anniversary year by constructing temples, organising cleanliness drives, tree plantation drives, bhajans and other programmes throughout the year," Bodhale said.