auspicious "First Ekadashi" festival (Tholi Ekadashi in telugu
language) today sharing my vintage collection of Lord Vittal and Rukmini Ma vintage lithograph prints and Sant Tukaram vintage postcard and prints wihch are in my collection.
Hindu festivals starting from today i.e. First Ekadashi onwards.
festival is very popular and celebrated in a grand procession in Lord Vittal
Temple in Pandaripur. On this auspicious occasion of First Ekadashi herewith i
am sharing two vintage art prints of "Lord Vittal and Rukmini Maa of
Pandaripur" of Ravi Varma Press which are in my collection and one vintage
postcard Sant Tukaram going to heaven and one vintage print of Tukarm singing
hymns on Lord Vittlal which are in my collection.
Below is some
brief history about Ashada Ekadashi procession taken place in Lord Vittal Temple,
Pandaripur taken From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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’.
procession has remained unbroken since it began despite wars, famines and
floods. More than Fifty Palkhis of saints assemble at Pandharpur every year. In
Maharashtra “Varkaris” (predominantly simple farmers) is a big community. They
usually undertake 21-day walk after they have completed the sowing process in
their fields. In the Ashadi Ekadasi festival, people from every faith and
religion participate. Learned sages also come for it. Jnyaneshwar preached the
Gita which is considered the highest religious text in Maharashtra.
Marg' (the path of devotion) as propounded by Sant Jnyaneshwar, teach us to
forget the physical self in pursuit of the Lord. When the Varkaris sing and
dance during the pilgrimage, they forget the material world around them.
Along with the
Dindi procession, seva to the poor and needy is done reflecting that Lord is in
all forms. This is called ‘Seva Dindi’. During the Seva Dindi, the people on
pilgrimage undertake selfless service to the poor and needy like Amrut Kalash
(Annadhan), Narayan seva, Medical seva, Building & repairing rural
Ashadi Dindi and Seva Dindi helps an individual in many ways by bringing good
health, peace & prosperity in his life. Chanting the continuous glory of
the God in the Ashadi Dindi procession and Seva Dindi purifies an individual,
there is an inner cleansing that takes place in Mind, Body and Spirit and the participants
tend to lose their individual identities and experience bliss. It develops all
aspects of human personality and helps us understand the true purpose of