Lakhs of warkaris from various parts of the state walk on foot every year to take darshan of Lord Vitthal whose temple is located in Pandharpur in Solapur district.
The procession, called as "wari", culminates on the day of 'Ashadhi Ekadashi', which falls on July 23 this year. Satara superintendent of police Sandip Patil said three pilgrims, including a woman, who were part of a group of devotees accidentally touched a live wire.
While two of them died on the spot, another one sustained serious burn injuries, he said. The deceased have been identified as Dnyanoba Chopre (65), a resident of Parbhani district, and Jaibai Jamake (60) who hailed from Nanded district, the SP said.
The wari tradition is believed to have been observed since the days of Dnyaneshwar, the famous saint-poet of the 13th Century.
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