Ashadhi Ekadashi

Ashadhi Ekadashi is synonymous with Shreehari Vitthal of Pandharpur, the Varkaris who perform Vari to this pilgrim place and the sea of devotees that throngs Pandharpur to take darshan of their beloved Pandurang Vitthal. The Abhang of Saint Chokhamela Maharaj, ‘Vitthal Vitthal gajari, avaghi dumadumali Pandhari’, instantly brings before our eyes a picture of this pilgrimage, this yatra, performed on the day of Ashadhi Ekadashi. 

This year, the Ashadhi Ekadashi falls on Thursday, June 29, 2023. On several occasions, Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu, through his pravachans, editorials, etc., has talked about the greatness of Shree Vitthal, saints who worshipped Him, their Abhangs, about Vari, Varkari and Vitthal Bhakti. 

Bhaktas revere and worship Vitthal, the Savala (dark as rain cloud) Satchidananda, as their sole guardian and protector. In his editorial Kathamanjiri 2-72, Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu writes about the inseparability of Swayambhagavan Trivikram and his power Sannihita. In this article, Sadguru Bapu says, “Pandurang Vitthal is standing on a brick for 28 long yugas. Hence, in the Kaliyuga, saints sing His glories in three different ways calling Him their Maibaap (sole guardian and protector), Vithumauli, Baaparakhumadevivaru (the father of Varkaris)”.

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In 2013, on the auspicious occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi, Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu was invited by the age-old and famous Shree Vitthal Mandir in Wadala, Mumbai, to perform the poojan of Shree Vitthal and Rakhumai. It was an unforgettable experience to see Sadguru Bapu immerse himself in the poojan of Vithumauli and perform it with great love and devotion. To relive those moments: 

Shree Kshetra Pandharpur, situated on the banks of River Chandrabhaga, is where the Bhagwant Himself came to meet His ardent devotee Pundalik. A pilgrimage, a Bhaavyatra, that went with Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu to this holy town of Pandharpur is a lifetime-lasting source of pure happiness and joy for the Shraddhavan Bhaktas. During the Pandharpur Bhaavyatra, Sadguru Bapu narrated the greatness of Pandharpur, of Shree Pandurang and of the saints and then described how should be the sentiment of Bhaktas while doing Bhakti. He also delivered a beautiful description of the Abhanga, ‘Devachiye dwari ubha Kshanbhari’ during this discourse. Listen to what Sadguru Bapu said then:  

सद्गुरू श्री अनिरुद्धांचे पंढरपूर भावयात्रा 2001 चे प्रवचन

Explaining the inherent meaning of Saint Tukaram Maharaj's Abhang, ‘Khel mandiyela Valawanti kaathi...’, Bapu said, 'The land of devotion is this desert (the banks of the River Chandrabhaga). From this land emerges sweetness, love, the true love; the unconditional love that is devoid of any expectations or returns. It is such love that grows in this desert, and this divine play of emerging of this love means ‘Khel Mandiyela’. Hear what Bapu says while explaining the Abhang: 

As defined by Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu, ‘Bhakti is serving with love, it is a heart full of tender feelings, ever-growing and strengthened by its power that is love’. Hence along with performing Bhajan, Kirtan, Namasmarana of the Bhagwant, devotees lovingly participate in devotional services as well.


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At the request of police and government authorities, the Disaster Management Volunteers (DMVs) of the Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management (AADM) offer Crowd Management Seva for Ashadhi Ekadashi round the clock regardless of the sun or rains at Pandharpur. This endeavour is undertaken as per the directions and guidance of Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu and is meant for Vitthal Bhaktas so that they get good darshan in the proper queues of their beloved Pandurang.

Watch the AADM DMVs perform Seva :

This year, about 1,450 Disaster Management Volunteers (DMVs) of the Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management (AADM) from 15 districts of Maharashtra are in Shree Kshetra Pandharpur to offer Seva for Ashadhi Ekadashi Yatra. As told by Sadguru Bapu, this vow of unconditional Seva taken by these DMVs is, of course, a part of Devotion Sentience.  

Every Shraddhavan devotee believes in what Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu has said about Bhakti and Seva:

To view all the Quotes of Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu: 


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