Day 146| 6 June 2015 | Solapur to Walsang | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • WOH Day 146 starts off with swollen ranks thanks to proximity to Akkalkot
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  • Greetings as the Padayatraleaves Solapurcity - Akkalkot Road- Maharashtra
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  • Ekta of minds - Sri M meets senior citizens of Soalpur-Akkalkot
    3.The-wonderful-Ekta-of-minds-is-evident-as-Sir-meets-senior-citzens-of-Solapur,-Akkalkot-Road,-Solapur,-Maharashtra
  • Sri M stoops to conquer as a lil' 'un garlands him at Solapur
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  • Where people, black soil & sugarcane blend seamlessly - Solapur
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  • A perplexed cyclist's perspective at the steady stream of walkers filing past - Akkalkot Raoad
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  • Inside the Gena Sidha Maharaj temple - Kumbhari, Solapur
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  • A timely break and respoite from the fiery bitumen stretches - Kumbhari
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  • A solitary canopy of cool refuge - Akkalkot Road
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  • Dealing in wheels, air and pressure - wheel mechanic on Akkalkot Road
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  • 12.The-slowly-disappearing-face-of-Indian-rural-poor,-Kumbhari,-Solapur,-Maharashtra
The padayatra left Solapur early in the morning. With late showers the previous evening and sporadic rainfall throughout the night, the walkers dodged puddles as they walked on pothole-ridden city roads.

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There were about 250 walkers, due to being in the proximity of Akkalkot and Pandharpur—two prominent places of pilgrimage.The yatris covered 21 kilometers from Solapur to Walsang today. In 7 hours, the padayatra passed through the villages of Kumbhari, Togarali and Chinoholi before reaching Walsang. There was no Satsang today; so, on reaching the resting point, they retired for the day. With the walk taking a lot of time, they were exhausted by the time the destination was reached. After the usual nap, there was little that anyone did for the rest of the day. As they walked, apart from a couple of small groups of peopleand passing automobiles, not many people were seen. Those who did pass by looked with puzzled expressions—at the silent procession of 200 odd people of various ages walking in these areas, not being able understand much of it.  The breakfast stop at Jnana Siddha Maharaja temple of Kumbhari was special. The hamlet had no more than 20 or so houses radiating from the temple, which is supposed to be at least 1200 years old, with rock-cut architecture that is now smooth. The dilapidated structures around the temple seemed to have been under renovation for a long time. The coordinators and volunteers of this stretch had done their work thoroughly. Most are from elsewhere, and not being locals made the meticulous planning and execution in this difficult terrain admirable. The area was shades of black and brown with patches of green in between - stretches of nothingness. On farms with sugarcane as the primary crop, one saw more cattle than people. Then, just as suddenly, the barren vastness presented itself. The blue sky, the insipid landscape, occasional trees and the jet-black road - that is all there was for hours at a stretch.  Even though the temperature was around 37 degrees, a gentle breeze made walking less tiring. Short breaks under the trees every forty-five minutes allowed the padayatra to walk onwards, quietly and silently with renewed vigour. They reached Walsang at 12.30 pm. Lunch was served in a hall, after which the yatris left for Akkalkot where their stay was organized. The rest of the day was spent visiting the Temple of Swami Samarth and nearby places. Dinner was at the Anna Chattra where hundreds of people are served in each batch with volunteers serving food to the visiting hordes. Being a weekend, Akkalkot was teeming with pilgrims and there were people everywhere.

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  1. Well Dressed Beggar says:

    Jai Gurudeva… Jai Maheshwarnath… Jai Kriya Babaji…Jai Sarva Santajana…

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