The Half-moon, Pandharpur
Pandharpur Vitthal Temple is situated in the Solapur district in Maharashtra. Pandharpur is home to 4.5 lakhs plus people as per the 2021 census. The ratio of male to female population is 52 % to 48%. Pandharpur attracts a million pilgrims in the month of June and July. These two months form the popular month of Ashadh as per Hindu scripts.
Pandharpur is situated at an elevation of 458 meters. It is also popular by the name Chandrabhaga because of its half moon-like shape. It is named Pandharpur after a saint’s name, Pundalik, who was blessed to achieve self-realization. The maximum number of devotees visits Pandharpur Temple on the month of Asadh. The Vitthal temple in Pandharpur has thousands of pilgrims in the remaining months as per Hindu mythology.
Pandharpur is situated on a vast land, on the banks of river Bhima. The Pandharpur Temple has six gates and the eastern gate is popular as Namdev ghaat. You could find some inscriptions on the walls of the temple which indicate its existence since 13th century.
The nearest airport to Pandharpur is the Pune airport. Pandharpur is very well connected via Solapur district which has all major train connections. Pandharpur is a beautiful place to visit and has a special significance among all Indian holy places. Maharashtrians have devoted themselves to Pandharpur Vitthal Temple completely and their faith in Vithoba is unshakable.
Pandharpur Temple Timings
Pandharpur Vitthal Temple is open from 6:00 am to 11:15 pm on all days for Darshan.
- 4:00 am – Opening of the gate of Namdev Payari
- 4:30 am to 6:00 am – Kakada bhajan and Nityapooja
- 6:00 am – Darshan timing starts
- 11:00 am to 11:15 am –Mahanaivedya (offering of lunch to Lord)
- 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm – Poshakh (clothing of Lord)
- 6:45 pm to 7:00 pm – Dhoop Arati
- 11:30 pm to 12:00 pm – Shej Aarti