As a part of a green project, the Savitribai Phule Pune University on Sunday distributed more than 16,000 saplings to students who are expected to plan them around colleges that fall on the routes of Pandharpur wari (annual procession to Pandharpur).
The university officials claimed that it has set a world record on the distribution of the largest number of saplings. The distribution was done by the National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of the SPPU as a part of “Green Waari Project” in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Also, the chief minister gave a pledge to over 15000 students and strongly encouraged them to create awareness about cleanliness, health, hygiene, and environment through waari.
“All these saplings will be planted around the colleges that are affiliated to the varsity along the routes of waari by these students. All the colleges and the students are given responsibility to make sure that the planted saplings grow and take care of,” an SPPU official said.
In the annual procession of Waari, the devotees of Lord Vitthal walk to Pandharpur in Solapur district from various parts of Maharashtra
Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palhi begins on the auspicious day of Ashadhi Ekadashi that falls on Monday, June 4 from Dehu and reaches Pandharpur on July 11.
As per the history, the tradition of carrying paduka was started by Tukaram’s youngest son in 1685. In 1820 further changes were brought to the pilgrimage by Tukaram’s descendants and devotees of Dnyneshwar called Haibatravbaba Arphalkar.
Full Schedule of the yatra