Jul | 2019
Ashadhi Ekadashi, also known as Maha Ekadashi or Padma Ekadashi, comes in the month of June or July. It is one of the most important cultural festivals celebrated in Maharashtra, which signify equality, brotherhood and devotion towards the almighty. The main event is held in Pandharpur, where all the Palkhis of Sants (holy palanquins) converge after traversing hundreds of kilometres from different parts of the state.
On this pious occasion, the pre-primary students of MIT VGS, Pandharpur, participated in a Bal Dindi (holy procession by children) on 5th July 2019. They were dressed in colorful traditional attires, complete with the holy Tulsi beads that are worn by Warkaris (devotees of Lord Vitthal). Girls carried potted Tulsi plants. Some boys were dressed as Lord Vitthal, while some girls were dressed as Goddess Rukhmini. The Dindi started from the respective block and moved to the campus temple. They chanted the holy names of Dnyanoba Mauli and Lord Vitthal. Along the way, they also played the traditional Fugdi and rang cymbals.
The Palkhi, made by the teachers using craft materials, was carried by the students in front of the procession. After the procession, the teachers explained the importance of Ashadhi Ekadashi and Wari traditions to the students, assembled in their respective block. Teachers distributed Shira as Prasad to all the students. Students learnt about the festival, while enjoying the program.