Decision on Wari processions to Pandharpur after May 30: govt

Pune, May 15 (PTI) Maharashtra deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said on Friday that the decision on the annual `palkhi' processions from Alandi and Dehu in Pune district to Pandharpur will be taken after May 30.

Lakhs of devotees undertake `Wari' (pilgrimage on foot) to the Vitthal temple in Pandharpur in Solapur district from all parts of Maharashtra every year, but the coronavirus pandemic has cast a shadow on the tradition this time.

Pawar, who is guardian minister of Pune district, held a meeting here with the trustees of Alandi, Dehu and Pandharpur temples and senior district and police officials.

'The Wari has special and historical importance in the Warkari sect. It is a centuries' old tradition. We will review the coronavirus situation in the next 15 days and decision will be taken about the palkhi procession after May 30 by taking all the stakeholders in confidence,' Pawar said.

Vikas Dhage Patil, one of the chief trustees of Alandi temple, said they will follow the government's guidelines.

'Whatever decision the state government takes, we will welcome it,' he said. PTI SPK KRK KRK