June 29, 2016 11:46:14 pm
Among lakhs of devotees of Sant Tukaram and Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj who entered the city on Wednesday and were seen walking on the roads of Pune, one could also sight many youngsters and college students taking a dip in the fervour of the pilgrimage.
Many youngsters could be seen clad in traditional attires, with tilaks on their foreheads. While some indulged in selfies during the palkhi procession, others could be seen clicking pictures with warkaris from villages across Maharashtra.
Komal Junghari, studying commercial arts at Abhinav Mahavidyalaya, said, “This kind of pilgrimage takes place only in our country. It’s something we take pride in. Hence, it is special, unique and exciting for us. We are given a holiday from our college, especially for palkhi. So our group of friends decided to make the most of it.”
Ankita Kachgaunde, another young college student, said that she and her friends started walking with the devotees post noon as her college asked them to do an assignment on palkhi wherein they are required to record what they see and observe. “It has been lots of fun walking with friends. We also clicked many selfies,” she said.
Ashutosh More, a youngster participating in the palkhi for the first time with his friends, said that the view of lakhs of people makes a great background for a selfie. “We would not be covering the entire journey. We are walking just a few kilometres, and click a few photos. Maybe next year, we would cover some more distance,” he added.
Anushka Joshi of SP College said that since the time she and her friends were studying in Std VIII at Dnyanprabodhini School, they have been observing the palkhi procession. “When we were in Std X, we started participating in palkhi and covered the entire distance from Alandi to Pandharpur. We are currently studying different aspects of wari as a project.”
Radhika Bhamburkar, another student, who has been a regular in palkhi, said, “It’s a long tiring journey, and so, we not only walk with the devotees, but also indulge in singing and dancing with other warkaris.”
(inputs by William Heydecker)
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