Pandharpur is located on the bank of the river Chandrabhaga (Shape is like the half moon) which is commonly known as Bhima river which is in the Solapur district of Maharashtra. This pilgrimage hosts the proudly “Vitthal-Rukmini” which is Kuldaivat of the Maharashtra state. Pandharpur is also known as the pilgrimage of the Varkari. Along with Maharashtra state Pandharpur is the important pilgrimage for Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh state in India
Vitthal is the worshipped Shaivas & Vaishnavas. According to legend when Pundalik honoured by the visit of the lord Vitthal in his house, he prayed that for perpetual presence there & because of these the temple is dedicated to the lord Vitthal.
There are four Pilgrimages in Pandharpur in each year among them the pilgrimage in the Ashadh & Kartik month (These are the months in Hindu calenders) are very fabled, these are known as the Ashadhi Ekadashi & Kartiki Ekadashi (Ekadashi: Eleventh day of the month). On these days around ten to fifteen lakh worhiips gather in Pandharpur to celebrate ceremony.
The tradition of the Royal worship & Rath-Yatra in Pandharpur was begins in 1810. Pad Sparsh Darshan is the special ceremony held in the Vitthal temple during this ceremony worship from any caste can enter in the chamber of the Lord Vitthal & place their hand on the feet lord Vitthal for blessing.
With the temple of Vitthal-Rukmini there are some more temples in Pandharpur to visit such as Pundalik temple, Lakshmi temple, Shri Ram temple, Trimbakeshwar temple & Vishnupad Temple. These temples are nearer to the temple of Vitthal-Rukmini.
How to Reach:
By Air: Pune is the nearest airport from Pandharpur which is 211 km away.
By Train: Solapur (74 km) is the nearest railway station from Pandharpur.