The three police jurisdictions of Pune district have equipped for the Sant Tukaram and Sant Dnyaneshwar Palkhi processions that are happening on a full scale after a spot of two years.
The Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune Metropolis and Pune Rural police jurisdictions have chalked out plans that comprise heavy police deployment for crowd management, visitors diversions and numerous safety measures for the Pandharpur Wari, the pivotal annual occasion for Warkari sect and a celebration which is essential to Maharashtra’s cultural identification.
The Palkhis or the procession of the palanquins carrying the Paduka or revered symbolic footwear of Sant Tukaram Maharaj and Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj, will begin their three-week-long journeys on June 20 and June 21 from the temple cities of Dehu and Alandi and are slated to succeed in Pandharpur on July 10.
Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi is slated to embark on its journey to the pilgrimage centre at Pandharpur from the temple city of Dehu in Pune district on Monday. As per the custom, the Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi can be halting at Inamdar Wada in Dehu at evening and attain Akurdi in Pimpri Chinchwad on Tuesday. The Palkhi of Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj will start its journey from Alandi on Tuesday. It’ll halt at Gandhi Wada in Alandi for the evening.
Each processions would arrive in Pune metropolis on Wednesday afternoon. The 2 Palkhis will relaxation in Pune on Thursday — Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palkhi at Nivdunga Vitthal Mandir and Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palkhi at the Palkhi Vithoba Mandir. On Friday morning, each processions will resume their journeys from Pune in the direction of Pandharpur.
These processions are accompanied by a lot of Warkaris and devotees from throughout Maharashtra and even exterior who take this 21 day journey on foot, both in entirety or partially. The Warkaris have already flooded Alandi and Dehu. “This time, Warkaris, numbering over 3-5 lakhs, will head from Dehu to Pandharpur,” Nitin Extra, who heads the Sant Tukaram Maharaj Sansthan, Dehu, mentioned.
The Pune district administration and the police are additionally anticipating an enormous turnout because the Pandharpur Wari is occurring with none restrictions for the primary time after two years due to the pandemic.
The 2 beginning factors of the Palkhis — Dehu and Alandi city — fall throughout the jurisdiction of Pimpri Chinchwad police. Ankush Shinde, police commissioner of Pimpri Chinchwad, mentioned, “We’ve got chalked out an elaborate plan for crowd management in and across the temples and on the routes of the Palkhis. Contemplating previous incidents of theft and pickpocketing, devoted groups have been deployed on these routes. As now we have to shut some roads for basic visitors, preparations have been made for visitors diversions by way of alternate routes. We’re additionally deploying drone cameras for monitoring the passage of processions on their respective routes.”
On Tuesday, the motion of heavy autos from Dehu Phata to Bhakti Shakti Chowk can be diverted through Dehu Phata to Katraj Bypass from 6 am. Visitors from Bhakti Shakti Chowk to Dehu Phata can be routed through Khandoba Mal, officers mentioned.
Joint Commissioner of Police for Pune Metropolis Police jurisdiction, Sandeep Karnik, mentioned, “Round 4,000 officers and personnel can be deployed all alongside the routes and at locations of halt for the Palkhis in Pune Metropolis. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad can be deployed for conducting checks. Fast response groups may even be on stand-by. Devoted groups from the crime department can be pressed into motion to stop circumstances of thefts, pickpocketing and chain snatching. Visitors diversions have been enforced in Pune Metropolis to make sure that the Palkhi routes are remoted from visitors and at similar time commuters can use alternate routes.”