PM will inaugurate the Sant Tukaram Shila Mandir at Dehu in Pune
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Sant Tukaram Shila Mandir in the temple town of Dehu in Pune district on 14 June.
About the Shila Mandir
The shila refers to a rock that is currently in the Dehu Sanatan temple complex, and has been the starting point of Wari, the annual pilgrimage to Pandharpur for centuries.
Bhakti saint Tukaram sat on this rock for 13 consecutive days when challenged about the authenticity of the abhyangas he had written.
About Sant Tukaram
Tukaram was born in Maharashtra. His full name was Tukaram Bolhoba Ambile.
He was a 17th-century poet-saint who lived with Maratha ruler Shivaji Maharaj.
His poetry was dedicated to Vithoba or Vitthala, an avatar of Vishnu (Hindu God).
He is best known for his Marathi Abangas (dohas), a rich legacy of gathas (devotional poetry).
He was also instrumental in laying the foundation of Maratha nationalism.
He emphasised community based worship through spiritual melodies called Kirtans.
The Warkari sect
Sant Tukaram and his works are at the heart of the Varkari sect spread across Maharashtra.
His message about a casteless society and his denial of customs had given rise to a social movement.
Sant Tukaram has credit for starting the Wari pilgrimage.
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