Day 180 | 10 July 2015 | Koregaon Bhima to Kondhapuri | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • Rural scape enroute - Sanaswadi, Shirur
    1.Nattily-dressed-so-early-in-the-morn,-Sanaswadi,-Shirur,-Maharashtra)
  • The classic ascetic pose - Kondapur, Shirur
    2.A-wizened-
  • The padayatris have reached a stage where the numbers on the milestones just remain that - Sanaswadi
    3.We-have-reached-a-stage-where-numbers-on-the-milestone-remain-
  • Jain Sadhwis enroute early morn - Sanaswadi
    4.Early-morn-and-the-Jain-Sadhwis-are-on-their-way,-Sanaswadi,-Shirur,-Maharashtra)
  • WoH Day 180 - Heading for Kondapuri
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  • Child laboour is a sad reality - Sanaswadi, Shirur
    6.Sadly,-these-children-play-a-role-in-the-making-of-Ganapathi-bappas,-Sanaswadi,-Shirur,-Maharashtra)
  • Sri M during his diet breakfast - Shikrapur
    7.Sir-snapped-during-his-diet-breakfast!,-Shikrapur,-Shirur,-Maharashtra)
  • Reception at Shikrapur
    8.Reception-at-Shikrapur,-Shirur,-Maharashtra)
Starting from KoregaonBhima, the padayatra touched Kasari, Shikrapur and Ramnagar before reaching Kondhapuri, 17 Kilometers away. With Pune and Alandi behind them, the number of padayatris dwindled to 150. x

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Following the usual pattern, the yatris reached their destination half an hour before noon. They reached their staying place at Ranjangaon at 12 noon and retired for the day after lunch. Ranjangaon is a small village. Despite it’s size, it draws many pilgrims who come to visit the Mahaganapati temple, considered to be one of the Ashtavinayaka shrines of Maharashtra that celebrate eight legends related to Ganesha. This Mahaganapati is believed to have come to the aid of Shiva in destroying the citadels of the demon Tripurasura. According to history, the temple was built between 9th & 10th century and Madhavraob Peshwa is said to have had a room, built in the basement of the temple to house the idol of Ganesha, which still exists. A more elaborate facade was constructed around the original structure which attracts thousands of devotees every year. The yatri nivas, resting point for the day, was situated in a section of the temple, and the yatris unwittingly became a part of the intense activity!

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