With chants of ‘Vitthal, Vitthal, Vitthala…’ the Vitthalnathji Procession was carried out from Temple at Mandvi on the occasion of Devpodhi (Shayani) Ekadashi (agiyaras). The procession starting from old city area moves towards different areas of the city before ending back at the temple.
As a part of a 200 year old tradition the procession or ‘Vithhalnathji ni Palki’ or ‘Vitthalnathji Varghodo’ as it is known in the local terms, is taken out from Vitthalnathji Temple every year on the occasion of Devpodhi (Shayani) Ekadashi (agiyaras). Devotees in big numbers attend the procession to seek blessings from lord Vitthalanath ji on the auspicious day of Ekadashi.
Before the start the Royal Gaekwad Family members worship the Lord and offered prayers at the historical Vitthalanath temple situated in Mandvi area of the city. With chants of ‘Vitthal, Vitthal, Vitthala…’ the Procession started with scent and flowers thrown at palanquin and proceed ahead through Old City area, Ghadiyali Pol, Nyay Mandir, Roapura, Kothi, SSG Hospital, Gahineshwar Mahadev Temple, Kirti Mandir, Bahucharaji road, Raopura, Chimnabai Tower, Gandhi Nagar Gruh and reached back at the temple.
As per tradition the procession stop at the Gahineshwar Mahadev where prayers and rituals is going to be performed symbolises a visit by Vitthalnathji to Lord Shiva.