Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

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Ashadhi Ekadashi is one of the most important religious celebrations in Maharashtra. Devotees of Vitthal visit Pandharpur to pay their respects every year. This year, Ashadhi Ekadashi falls on July 15. The religious procession begins much in advance as people reach Pandharpur on the day of Ashadhi Ekadashi to take part in the celebrations. Also Read - Amid #VirushkaDivorce Trend, Anushka Sharma Shares a Sun-Kissed Picture, Virat Kohli is All Hearts | SEE POST

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Every year, these devotees gather in huge groups called dindis and trek to Pandharpur from various cities and towns across Maharashtra. They observe a fast on the pious day of Ashadhi Ekadashi and have a feast in the evening. After reaching Pandharpur, the main procession begins from Sant Tukaram temple in Dehu. People follow the palanquin and other pilgrims from various other towns join the procession with their own palanquins as well. These palanquins usually have images of different saints of Maharashtra. Also Read - Kejriwal Warns of Action Against Private Hospitals Denying COVID-19 Treatment, Urges Asymptomatic People to Not Test

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Devotees mostly dress in ethnic wear like a dhoti, kurta and a Gandhi cap. Along their way to the temple, they chant hymns and sing devotional songs to keep their energy levels high. The journey comes to an end after the pilgrims pay their respects to Vitthal in Pandharpur and enjoy a feast made of traditional dishes. Also Read - AIIMS PG Entrance Exams 2020: Admit Cards Issued, Download From

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