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Lakhs of devotees throng Pandharpur for ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’


Mumbai : Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his wife Amruta performed a maha-puja (grand prayer) at the Lord Vitthal temple in Pandharpur on ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’ early today.

Lakhs of devotees gathered at Pandharpur, located in Solapur district of western Maharashtra, on the occasion.

“Feeling blessed and positive,” Fadnavis said, after the early morning ritual.

Ekadashi marks the culmination of pilgrimage, called ‘waari’, that devotees undertake from across the state on foot to reach the temple town.

In Mumbai, large crowds gathered at Vitthal temple in Wadala to perform puja on the auspicious occasion.

Arrangements were made to ensure smooth traffic flow in the area.

Various ‘palkis’ of Sant Dnyaneshwar, Tukaram Maharaj, Gajanan Maharaj, Muktabai and more than 350 ‘dindi’ (small processions) from different parts of the state also thronged Pandharpur.

A couple, Hari Bhau Punde and Sunita Punde, from a village in Ahmednagar district got the honour of performing the ‘mahapooja’ with the chief minister.

State cooperation and marketing minister Subash Deshmukh and others were also present on the occasion.

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