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Abhang

A feature on the form of Bhakti poetry that sings the glory of Panduranga.

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Abhang

A feature on the form of Bhakti poetry that sings the glory of Panduranga.

There are several traditions in the Bhakti Movement of India, and in Maharashtra, the Varkari tradition is predominant. The Vari tradition is characterized by singing the glory of the lord by way of mellifluous musical Marathi lyrics called Abhangs. Abhangs, literally meaning "without blemish", are verses in praise of Lord Panduranga composed by the Saints, including - Dnyaneshwar, Namdev, Tukaram, Chokhamela and Eknath.

Vari is the most celebrated annual pilgrimage of Varkaris or pilgrims from all over the world to Pandharpur the abode of Vithoba. Every year Varkaris walk hundreds of miles to the holy town of Pandharpur, gathering there on Ekadashi (the 11th day) of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Aashaada (which falls sometime in July). Clad in white or saffron shirt, with a cap or turban, women carrying tulsi pots on their heads, wearing tulsi beads around their necks, sandal paste smeared on forehead, playing cymbals, ektar (one-stringed instrument), and pakhawaj (percussion instrument), the Varakaris personify devotion, love, energy and resolve. Dhindis (large groups) of Varkaris making the pilgrimage to Pandharpur carry the Palkhis (palanquins) of the saints from their places of samadhi.

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