Pune: Hundreds of grief stricken `Warkari`
pilgrims paid their last respects to an 82-year-old Muslim
woman who had been a fellow traveller to Pandharpur for the
Ekadashi `Wari` for the last six decades, when she died here
today on the way to the temple town.
The woman, Jaitunbi, who hailed from Baramati, had been a
regular pilgrim who walked the distance upto Pandhapur along
with `Vaishnav` devotees of Lord Vitthal as part of the annual
`Ashadhi Ekadashi` pilgrimage which attracts lakhs of people
Jaitunbi passed away today during the customary halt of
the pilgrims in Pune who will commence their onward journey
tomorrow to reach Pandharpur on July 21, the Ekadashi day.
Those travelling with her said she always expressed the
wish to die on the way to Pandharpur during the pilgrimage
which she undertook every year without break for sixty one
Though Muslim by birth, the woman devotee was a familiar
figure among the `Warkaris" and was cited as a shining symbol
of religious harmony.