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Varkari is a religious movement sampraday within

thebhakti spiritual tradition of Hinduism. It is geographically
associated with the Indian states of Maharashtra and
northern Karnataka. In the Marathi language of
Maharashtra, vari वारी means 'pilgrimage' and a pilgrim is
called a varkari. Every year, Varkari walk hundreds of miles
to the holy town of Pandharpur, gathering there
on ekadashi the 11th day of the Hindu lunar calendarmonth
of Aashaadha which falls sometime in July. Another
pilgrimage is celebrated on the ekadashi of the month
of Kartik which falls sometime in November.

Varkaris worship Vithoba also known as Vitthal, the
presiding deity of Pandharpur. Vithoba is a form ofKrishna,
an avatar incarnation of Vishnu. Because of this association
with Vishnu, Varkari is a branch ofVaishnavism. The
teachers responsible for establishing and supporting the
movement through its history
include Dnyaneshwar, Namdev, Tukaram, Chokhamela and
Eknath, who are accorded the Marathi title of Sant Saint.
Varkari making the pilgrimage to Pandharpur carry
the palkhis palanquins of the saints from their places
of samadhi enlightenment or "spiritual birth". According to
historians, Vitthal devotees were holding pilgrimages prior
even to Saint Dnyaneshwar of the 13th century. However,
the current tradition of carrying the paduka sandals of the
saints in a palkhi was started by the youngest son of Sant
Tukaram, Narayan Maharaj, in 1685. Further changes were
brought in by Haibatraobuwa and descendents of Sant
Tukaram in the 1820s. Today about 40 palkhis of saints
from all over Maharashtra come to Pandharpur with their
devotees.

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