‘ Dakshin Kashi ‘ or Kashi of South is what Pandharpur is popularly known as. The Indians consider themselves blessed if they are lucky enough to view the live darshan of Lord Vithoba. Lord Vithoba is the reincarnation of Lord Krishna. Pandharpur is a small town in the state of Maharashtra. This sacred town is situated in the Sholapur district of Maharashtra.
Vitthal Mandir Pandharpur :
Live darshan of Kakad Aarti at 4:00 in the early morning can be viewed by the devotees who can visit the temple this early. In present times YouTube offers a magical experience of live darshan of Pandharpur Temple and the idol of Lord Vithoba. The Mantra-Pushpanjali, Conch and Eesh pooja, Mahapooja and the bathing rites are all visual treats which every Krishna devotee covets.
The live darshan of these rites and ceremonies are considered auspicious by the Indians. Every Hindu Indian craves for a live darshan of Hari Vithal.
Special pooja is performed every Wednesday and on Ekadashi. Aashadhi Yatra, Kartiki Magh and Chaitra Ekadashi are celebrated every year with great joy and devotion. Thousands of devotees throng the temple for live darshan. Live darshan of these special pious days can be viewed online too. 8 – 10 lakh devotees gather for live darshan on these auspicious days.
Pandharpur is a small town but is well connected to all the neighbouring cities and towns. The darshan timings starts with 6 – 7 am in the morning, 8 – 11 am, 11:15 am – 4:30 pm, 5 – 7 pm, 7:30 – 10 pm and 10:30 – 11 pm. The unique feature of this temple is that any devotee, irrespective of caste and religion can enter the inner sanctum and place their head on the feet of Lord Vithala.
Daily rituals performed in the Pandharpur Temple are the Temple Door Opening, Kakad Aarti, Nitya Pooja, Mahapuja, Maha Naivedya, Pshakh, Dhoop Aarti, Padya Pooja and Shej Aarti. The darshan of these rituals are very auspicious and thousands of devotees consider themselves blessed after the live darshan.