The annual vari, or pilgrimage, to Pandharpur is held in late June or July, during the eleventh day of Ashadha, the fourth month of the lunar calendar. Pilgrims carry statues of the saints in procession from the shrines that mark the location of their enlightenment (samadhi) to Pandharpur. The city is situated along the banks of the Bhima River and, traditionally, the pilgrims take a cleansing dip in the river before moving on to the temple.
In keeping with the Bhakti tradition of devotion, seva (acts of selfless service) to the needy is a key component of the pilgrimage. Seva may take the form of food donations, medical assistance and/or repairs.