Pandharpur Dhama

Paandharpur dham

Pandharpur Dhama is the beautiful holy abode of Lord Vithala, Sri Krishna Himself. Located in Southeastern Maharashtra, Pandharpur Dhama is the spiritual headquarters of Maharashtrian bhaktas. Sri Chandrabhaga River usually gently curves around the town of Pandharpur in a crescent half moon shape, thus her name Chandrabhaga which means "half moon". .The worship of Vitthal in the Pandharpur temple is based mainly and the contri of the Vaishnav saints of Maharashtra and Karnataka during the the 13th through the 17th centuries, namely, Dnyaneshwar, Namdev, Eknath, Tukaram, Purandar Das, Vijay Das, Gopal Das, and Jagannath Das, have augmented the worship.. .The Pandharpur temple covers a large area, and has six gates. The eastern gate is known as the "Namdev Gate".. Pandharpur hosts four annual pilgrimages ("yatras") of Hindu devotees. Among them, the pilgrimage in the month of ashadh in the Hindu Shaliwahan Shak calendar attracts the largest number of pilgrims around 0.5 to 0.7 million people. The pilgrimage in the month of Kartik attracts the next largest number of pilgrims.