The idol of Lord Vitthal is self existed. He has an ornamental crown on his head. You can see the ornaments of Shri Vitthal embroider during the time of worship. The ornaments of fishes are in ear, a garland of ‘Koustubmani’ in his neck. ‘Vatsalanchhan’ is on the heart. Hand on his waist. The ornamental worship is done before the national celebration or religious celebration. Many kings and rich people dedicated golden ornaments to Shri Lord Vitthal.
Our Lord shri Vitthal is artistically decoreded on the national celebration like ‘Gudhipadava’, ‘Divali’, and ‘Ramnavmi’. Now a day’s many people donate various ornaments to ‘shri’ Daily Rities.
Rities have dividd into two parts.
Daily Rities are ‘Kakad Arati’, mahabhishek, afternoon worship. Dhooparti etc. ‘Ashadhi’ and ‘Kartiki’ are two big pilgrimages big days and ‘Chaiti’ and ‘Maghi’ these two are small pilgrimage days. During this period the daily rities are closed. The temple is open 24 hours for darshan. After the pilgrimages days and daily rities restart whole temple is washed.
On festival celebrations like ‘navratra’, ‘dasara’, ‘Diwali’, ‘Gudhipadva’, Gokul Ashtmi etc. There are occasional Rities. The Prasad ‘Khichadi’ is daily shown in winter days.
Daily Rities are held according to the traditional of ‘Vaidik’, Sanskrit mantras are recited within daily rities. Every rity is held according to the guidance of ‘Mantra’.
The Board has decided the fees for puja has been displayed in the temple. You should have to take permission of any kind of worship from the committee.
Shri Vitthal Puja
Shri Rukmini Puja
2. Padya Puja
4. Tulsi Archan Puja
Rs. 21 /-
Rs. 21 /-
6. Chandan Uti Puja
Rs. 350 /-
Rs. 350 /-
8. Shri Satya Narayan Puja
9. Kunkumarchan Puja
At first receipt must be taken by the executive officer, Shri Vitthal Rukmini Mandir committee Pandharpur.
Details of Puja and Rities at Temple
1) Kakad Arati at 4.00 am
At the time of Kakad aarti, Shehanai and Choughada are played in peaceful and snared timing. The pious people gather in the temple and the doors are opened. The worshipper wills recite the 'Mantras'. The Naivedya of Sugar and butter is shown to Shri. The old garlands and flowers of the idol are removed the dresses are also removed. After the worship of 'Ganapati', ‘Kalash’, ‘Ghanta’ (Bell). Shankh, Bhoomi (The earth). The worship of our Lord Vitthal starts. Within the worship, the worshipper recites the 'mantra'. After worship the pious people sing 'Arati'. 'Kakada' is completed by heartly.
2) 2. Madyanha Puja (mid day worship)
Mid day worship is held within 11.00 am to 11.15 am. Daily sweet Naivedya is shown expect ‘Ekadashi’.
3. Aparanha Puja (Afternoon worship)
The worship is held at 4.30 pm. changing of dress and Laddu, Kesharpati and Govindvida are dedicated.
Dooparati is held within 7.00 pm to 7.30 pm Of this time. Gandh, Dhoop, Deep, Garland Tulsi are dedicated.
5. Shejarati (worship before going to bed)
This worship begins at 11.00 pm. The dresses are changed. At this time the worshipers recite Mantra. After aarti, Sugar is given to all presented people as a Prasad. After ‘Shejarati’ all worshipers go their homes. Everyone should see the worship. Then the doors are closed.
Above all rities are also held in Rukmini Mata Mandir.
Devkarye (The deeds of Gods)
1. Daily Mahapuja
In the morning a 7.00 am to 8.00 pm. The Maha Puja was held of Shri Vitthal and Rukmini. But now commonly 5 to 6 Mahapuja are held according to the rules of Mandir committee. As per rules the day and the receipt should be taken by the decision of committee.
2. Tulsi Archan and Kunkuma Archan
One thousand leaves of Tulsi (Holy Basil) are dedicated on Shri Vitthal’s feet. The water of turmeric Kumkum powder can be lad in the Rukminimata Temple. For this permission should be taken from committee.
3. Padya Puja (Feet Worship)
The Padya Puja can be done at right 10 pm to 10.30 pm. The permission should be taken from committee.
4. Prakshalan Puja
It is occational worship. During the days of pilgrimage the daily rities are closed. Excent ‘Naivedya’. It is an important worship according to the science of religion. After pilgrimage a sacred day is seen. The whole temple is washed. The all ornaments are worn to shri Vitthal Rukmini. From that day, the daily rities restart by the worshippers of temple.