Path to the divine
It is next only to the Ganpati celebrations on Pune’s cultural calendar as thousands of residents gather to welcome the annual festival of wari.
The procession of a few lakh pilgrims who walk from Dehu and Alandi (villages near Pune) to Pandharpur, 150 km away for the Ashadi Ekadashi festival, halts in Pune for three days, marking a period of folk music and dance and worship.
The dindi (groups of pilgrims) sing and dance in honour of Lord Vithoba while pilgrims and locals join in to play traditional games like the fugdi, dance to folk beats and celebrate the upcoming festival. One of the highlights of Pune’s festival diary, this 400 year-old tradition has inspired several books, documentaries, photographs and films and is a moment to soak in the culture of the city.
The festival is usually held between July and August.