IT Dindee 2018 Program

The annual Pandharpur Yatra (Waari) to the Vithoba Temple at Pandharpur in Maharashtra from Dehu and Alandi attracts millions of people and pilgrims known as warkaris.

Pilgrims follow the Shri Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi from Dehu and Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi from Alandi, which is a 21-day travel by foot to Pandarpur.

Sant Tukaram’s Palkhi procession starts from Dehu & reaches Pandharpur via Aakurdi, Pune, Lonikalbhor, Yavat, Varvand, Baramati, Indapur, Akluj & Wakhri respectively.

Sant Dnyaneshwar’s Palkhi starts from Alandi & reaches Pandharpur via Pune, Saswad, Jejuri, Lonand, Faltan, Natepute, Malshiras, Velapur, Shegaon & Wakhri to Pandharpur.

In 2018, the Pandharpur Yatra Palki of Tukaram Maharaj from Dehu, Pune will start on 5th July 2018 and Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi from Alandi began 6th July 2018. Both Palakhi will reach Pune on Saturday, July 7th. Palkhi Yatra 2018 will end at Pandharpur on Ashadi Ekadashi, Tuesday July 23rd. A day before this day, both palakhis from Alandi and Dehu reach Pandharpur.


Please contact Govind Patil (+91-98509 27785) or Raghvendra Katikar (+91-88888 11705) or Vrushali Katikar-(+91-95272 98190) or Renuk Pawade (+91-98509 52218) or Suresh Talekar (+91-98215 80888) or Prasad Kulkarni (+91-98508 11066) or Kedar Gadgil (+91-90110 13973) or Shrihari Gadewar (+91-94225 39843) or Lalkar Chhadawelkar (8237082800) for more details.      

Ashadhi Ekaadashi this year is on Tuesday, July 23, 2018

IT Dindee volunteers walk every year from Alandi to Pune. This distance is approximately 21 km. The group assembles near the Sri Sai Mandir at the outskirts of Alandi. This assembly begins at around 5:30am as later it becomes difficult to reach to this spot. So we recommend everyone to start from their respective homes in Pune at around 4:00am. Last year we have done common bus to take the group to Sai Mandir, we are yet to decide this year’s arrangements looking at the response we will receive from you all devotees. When we assemble at Sai Mandir, first one hour goes in saatsang where everyone sings bhajans. Around 6:30am, we stand on the main road where one can see Sri Sant Dnyaneshwar maharaj palakhi approaching the Sai Mandir. Once palakhi reaches the spot, all IT Dindee members take the darshan of palakhi and start walking towards Pune along with all waarkaries. We all need to observe the utmost discipline and make sure we do not disturb the traditional palakhi norms. There is lot to learn from waarkaries during this devotional march. Usually first one hour is bit crowded when we begin from Sai mandir but later it gets spread along the route as waarkaries stop for the breakfast /lunch etc. We also take lunch break near Vishrantwadi around 1:00pm or so. We reach Shivajinagar at around 4:00pm. During this walk, we recommend following things:

  • Please wear white pajama and kurta with white cap preferably.
  • Take a light breakfast snacks and lunch pack along with bottle of water.
  • Also carry an umbrella, napkin, mobile phone, and some money with you.
  • Please bring one set of taal and print out of some abhangs that may want to sing along the route.

Instructions -

Common –

  • Every individual needs to register separately.
  • If you are walking on both days (Alandi-Pune and Pune-Saswad), please register for both days separately.
  • Please make sure you are added to your route's whatsapp group for easier communication / announcements.

Alandi – Pune –

  • Bus will start from a particular location when we have minimum 20 people and a volunteer from that location.
  • Transportation charges will be 400 Rs. for Alandi - Pune and 500 Rs. for Pune - Saswad.

Pune – Saswad –

  • There will be no pickup provided for Pune-Saswad route. People have to reach Magarpatta Chowk on their own. Our volunteers will guide them to reach Magarpatta Chowk. Buses will be arranged to return back from Saswad.
  • To confirm participation please transfer Rs. 500 to the account given below. We need to make bus and other arrangements – without the confirmation we cannot make the arrangements.
  • Sachin Prakash Zapkar
  • Bank of India, BKC Branch
  • A/c No. 012210310000238
  • IFSC Code: - BKID0000122