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Pandarpur Yatra Route – The Road Taken During Pandharpur Waari

Pandarpur Yatra Route or the annual road taken for the 21-day pilgrimage known as Pandharpur Waari is unique, preplanned and followed for centuries. The annual Pandharpur Yatra to the famous  Vithoba   Temple  at Pandarpur in  Maharashtra  from mainly from Dehu and Alandi near Pune attracts thousands of warkaris.  The yatra takes place in the month of (June – July). Pandarpur Yatra Route The Palki of Sant Tukaram Maharaj starts first from Dehu (around 34 km from Pune). The next day the Palki of Sant Jnaneshwar Maharaj starts from Alandi. Both palkis reach Pune and halts for a day. Route followed by  Palki of Sant Jnaneshwar Maharaj After a brief halt Sant Jnaneshwar Maharaj palki proceed to Pandharpur via Saswad – crossing the Nira River . The pilgrimage reaches Lonand and thousands of devotees join the Waari here. Then the Palki goes to Taradgaon, Barad, Phaltan, Natepute, Malsiras, Velapur, Shegaon and reaches Vakhari – the most important halt. R

About Ramayan Mandali in Mauritius

Ramayan Mandalis is the age-0ld tradition of group Ramayan Chanting which was very popular in many Indian cities. In India , it has become obsolete. But in Mauritius Ramayan Mandali is very popular thanks to the efforts made by Hindus there to save the tradition. Times of India writes  The mandali, comprising mainly youngsters in the age group of 6 to 30 years, has popularised Ramayan recital not only in the different cities of Mauritius but even in other countries.   Group leader, Cullychurn Shreedanand shared, "Although the Hindus at Mauritius have maintained their traditions till date, but there was a time when we realised that our culture was in danger. The group was then formed named as 'Esperance Trebuchet Hindu Cultural Association' on the name of our village in Mauritius . The group is now 12 years old and around 500 Mauritian of North Indian origin are its members at present," informed Shreedanand.  He further informed, "It is important for