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Pandharpur is one of the revered pilgrimage places in Maharashtra. Pandharpur enshrines Vithoba in a grand temple. Name ‘Vitthala’ have been derived from the word Vishnu in Kannada. Every year millions of pilgrims and devotees(Bhagvat Bhakta,Vaishnva) Varkari as they are known visit here dancing and chanting the devotional songs (Abhang) of Shri Vitthal Rukmini. 


Legend : How God Vitthal came to Pandharpur and chose to stay there. Vitthal who is an incarnation of Lord Krishna – once met the great Pundalik, another famous sage who lived nearby. Krishna arrived at Pundalik door and found him serving his parents with utmost dedication. Krishna was so impressed that he tried to interrupt the faithful son for a moment to express his admiration. However, Pundalik ignored him and instead threw a brick towards him to stand and wait until Pundalik service to his parents was done. Krishna did so and still standing in Pandharpur, waiting on the brick for Pundalik eternal work to be finished. His devotees call him Vitthal a name many devotees interpret as the one standing on the brick.



The temple of Shri Vitthal is facing eastwards. On the banks of the river Bhima known as Chandrabhaga also.The dimensions of the temple are, east-west 350 ft, south-north 170 ft and height is approximately 25 to 32 feet. Artistic carvings of the idols of Gods and goddesses decorate the temple top. They are beautifully painted and illuminated with bright lights at nights. There are entrances to the temple from all the four sides. During the month ofAashadh, Kartik, Chaitra and Magh the bank of river become Vaishnavancha Mela with devotees and their Bhajan and Sankirtan dedicated to Vitthal.

Shri Vitthal-Rukmini Mandir Samiti owns a forty-acre agricultural plot adjoining Yamai lake in Pandharpur. Farming is done to grow wheat and vegetables and the same are utilized to prepare Mahaprasad for thousands of worshippers who come to the temple every day. A holy cow that has a sacred place in the hearts of the Hindu worshippers are fed by growing special grass on this plot for Gaushala. The Milk procured from these cows is utilized in the temple for all religious rituals.



Dindi Yatra : Ashadi Ekadasi is a religious procession and is celebrated during the months of June- July (Aashaadh Shukla paksha). It consists of a beautifully decorated Palkhi having the “padukas” of the lord and the Palkhi procession consists of people collectively walking, singing and dancing the glory of the Lord in what are called as ‘Dindis’. This custom of taking out a holy procession is said to have started in 1810.


Tradition has it that two of the greatest devotees of Lord from the Maharashtra state, Sant Jnyaneshwar and Sant Tukaram had set out on a pilgrimage to Lord Vittala from their respective places and reached the Divine Abode in fifteen days time on the auspicious day of Ashadi Ekadasi. Following this set tradition by these great souls, even after their merger with the Divine, devotees from the entire length and breadth of the state and even from outside the state set out for Pandharpur, wearing basil beads and singing His glory on a pilgrimage to reach on this auspicious day to have Divine Darshan. 


This pilgrimage is traditionally called Dindi Yatra. Commemorating this maiden Dindi Yatra undertaken by these great saints even today people from the state traditionally carry Padukas (divine sandals) of these great souls in palanquins on their procession to Pandharpur. Upon reaching Pandharpur on Ashadi, these devotees take a holy dip in the sacred River Chandrabhaga before proceeding for the Darshan of Lord Vittala.

For more information please visit official website : http://www.vitthalrukminimandir.org

Vitthal Rukmini mandir office website is very attractive and when you enter site at home page you see a beautiful slideshow of pandharpur "Dindi" Millions of people come and attend this "Dindi" Every year. After enter in site you can view various informative links and each link give you detail information about pandharpur mandir. Some Important Links we give below for your help all information in Marathi language.


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How to reach pandharpur

Pune to Pandharpur211 km
Mumbai to Pandharpur361 km
Hyderabad to Pandharpur378 km
Bangalore to Pandharpur641 km
Indore to Pandharpur700 km

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