Pune is famous as the cultural capital of Maharashtra. There are unique ways in which the city celebrates certain festivals and events. The city and its people define their character and they in turn define the character of the city.
These cultural events in Pune are the best time to visit this city.
1. Pandharpur Wari
It is a procession that starts from Pune and ends at the Vithoba temple in Pandharpur. People of Varkari The sect undertakes about 200 kilometers of pilgrimage every year. The date is not fixed because it depends on the lunar calendar; Varkari Arrive at Pandharpur temple on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi.
two main the heir (Religious procession), belonging to the great saints Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram from Pune district. The devotees have a Palanquin (Sedan) with saints Paduka (Footprint). They originate from Alandi and Dehu respectively. The city of Pune is his first night stay.
We saw this war from the Sambhaji Bridge, over the Mutha River in Pune. Varkari The drive from Alandi to Pune was about 30 km. There was not much rain that day, the sun did not humble. But the energy of these pilgrims postponed the day’s tiring walk.
In the next 18 days, Varkari Carry it Palanquin All the way to Pandharpur, sing and dance with devotional songs and chants.
It is a mega logistic practice for city administration. But it is one of the events that defines the character of a city. It is important to embrace these events and appreciate the life that unfolds. Such opportunities make a city far better understood than “seeing or being on a list”.
2. Ganpati Festival and Darshan Day
Rio has its Carnival, Pune has a day of darshan. Pune is where the public celebration of Ganapati festival began. It was started with the intention of bringing people together during India’s freedom struggle. With pride and reverence, the people of Pune and Pune have preserved the tradition started a century ago.
It is recommended to experience Ganesh Utsav in two stages. First, in one night, circling the pandals. And then, on immersion / immersion day (Anant Chaturdashi).
You should leave home early before blocking the roads for the immersion Meeravanuk (immersion parade). Get yourself on Laxmi Road, and grab a spot on the high ground. It is best to find a local friend to take you there. Or befriend yourself with some family living on Laxmi Road. You will see that the crowd is growing and in no time, the scene is nothing less than a carnival.
Starting with the town Ganapati, the five “Manak Ganapati” (revered Ganapati) move in a certain sequence. No other pandals are allowed to take out their idols before immersion of these five. Young boys and girls play drums on traditional beats as part of the “Dhol-Tasha Pathkas”. School children perform traditional “lejim” dances. A huge rangoli has been made outside each pandal. Fonds of photography form an outline for this procession. Volunteer groups are busy keeping the crowd in order. These radiating energies are balanced by the quiet incarnation of the idols of Ganesha in these groups adorned with flowers.
By late afternoon the fifth statue has made its way to the banks of the river for immersion. The crowd begins to disperse quickly before other idols arrive on the road to the traditional version of Ganapati. Immersion.
While the shops and restaurants on Laxmi Road are closed on all Doordarshan days, you can take a quick bite at the age-old eateries on the adjacent streets.
3. Tripura Purnima
It is officially the last day of the Diwali festival, also known as Kartiki Purnima or Tulsi Vivah. For example, people light lamps in their homes on Diwali.
There is a special display of these lamps in Pune city, in a special place! The oldest structure in Pune, called the Pataleshwar Caves, is about 1300 years old rock-cut caves and temples, located on Junglee Maharaj Road, one of the arterial roads of Pune. We were told that they light many lamps here for Tripura Purnima.
I did not imagine this sight of “light of lamps”, there will be a magical shining world of thousands of people Saintly (Earthen lamps made of locally sour clay – for those who prefer). All the paths and routes, around the huge trees, and the massive colorful, everywhere you look, you will see an area of these shimmering lights. They are also kept in the forms of Swastika, Stars, om.
From the Pataleshwar caves, you can enter another historic temple, the Junglei Maharaj Temple, which is also a magnificent sight.
Being in the midst of these ancient structures, all dressed up, right in the city itself, is an experience like no one else!
If you are planning to travel from Mumbai, drive one day in advance, preferably in a good light. To use Pune to Bangalore flights, And combine these events as a long weekend vacation from Bangalore. After these cultural experiences, you can also go for something Scenic walks around Pune.
These experiences are included in the lives of the people of Pune. To an outsider, they are nothing less than a spectacle.
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