The Vittal Birdev Annual Yatra, something that is not heard of, is celebrated at Pattan Kodoli village in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra attended by thousands of devotees coming from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra between 17th and 24th of October. The festival is celebrated to offer prayers to the community diety of the shepherds, Shri Vittal Birdev, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. They consider that the festival and rituals would bring good fortune.
Vittal Birdev Yatra One of the craziest festival yet the one which remains unknown and unexplored is the annual Haldi Festival at Pattan Kadoli in Maharastra. Shepherds from Maharastra, Andra Pradesh, Karnataka assemble at Pattan Kadoli and celebrate the festival by immersing themselves and everyone around with Turmeric Powder. Over 200000 devotees merge into this little village which gets packed to the brim and of course, gets coated with yellow color.
Shri Vittal Birdev Annual Festival is observed in at Pattan Kodoli village 17km from Kolhapur (Maharashtra, India). It is the birth anniversary or Janmotsav festival of Vitthal Birdev Maharaj, who is a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. Birdev is the family deity of the Shepherd community from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and Andhra Pradesh (India). On that day, I saw Devotees of God Vitthal Birdev are taking slaps of the hunter on their bodies without any care and without any fear.
I captured this photo during the Pattan kadoli village festival, The Vittal Birdev Annual Yatra is celebrated at Pattan Kodoli village in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra attended by thousands of devotees, The festival is celebrated to offer prayers to the community diety of the shepherds, Shri Vittal Birdev, an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
About Dnyaneshwar Prakash Vaidya
I am Dnyaneshwar Prakash Vaidya. I am an amateur photographer from a small village near Kolhapur city, Maharashtra.
Maharashtra is very ancient and historical state in India. There is a historic culture and tradition vary from town to town and mile to mile. There are many festivals and traditions followed by worldwide photographers for which they came across Maharashtra, not just doing photography but became a part of this tradition and enjoys a lot. There are cultural festivals like Palkhi Festival, Haldi Festival, Lord Ganesha Festival, Kushti Festival and many more.
I have started photography in the year 2015. I am working on Maharashtrian Tradition and Culture. Telling stories through my photography is my passion. I have participated a lot of festivals which happened in and around Maharashtra. These Photo Walks improved my photography view and as well as great respect for my culture and tradition.
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Outstading work Dyanesh….
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Nice documentation. Good job. All the best