This is the oldest available image of  Tukaram, 1832 A.D. It  was a cover to a handwritten manuscript of Tukaram's abhangs belonging to a Varkari Haibatbaba Arphalkar.


This is a image from a Raja Ravi Varma Press calendar.


This and the following sketch were drawn on Mahatma Gandhi's request.1945A.D.
Dr. Indubhushan Bhingare had published earlier the first edition of Sant Tukaram ki Rashtragatha. The present edition is the revised one. My knowledge of Marathi is very slight. Tukaram is very dear to me. But I could read only a few of his abhangas without effort.I therefore passed on Dr. Bhingare's selection to Kundarji Diwan who took great pains to go through the whole thing. The Gatha needed a fitting picture. Dr. Bhingare had selected a cheap one. It hurt me very much. I sent it to Shri Nandalal Bose, the renowned Santiniketan artist. He has been kind enough to send me pictures of Tukaram to go with the abhangas. I sent the one that I thought the best among them to Bhingare and it will be published in this edition.I hope this edition will command the respect of people.
January 10, 1945.



Tukaram on Bhandara - Nandalal Bose

Tukaram and his wife Jeejaai - Nandalal Bose

    Tukaram illustration done by Satyajit Ray was for cover of Tukaram monograph by Dr.Bhalchandra Nemade.It was published in 1975 by Sahitya Academy to introduce Tukaram in Indian languages. Incidentally Ray was a student of Nandlal Bose.
     Bharatratna Satyajit Ray (1921-1992), an Indian filmmaker is known for his humanistic approach to cinema.In 1992, Satyajit Ray received the honorary Academy Award - Lifetime Achievement - “In recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures and for his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world.”

  Bhaskar Hande 

1.Je ka ranjale ganjale
Know him to be a true man who takes to his bosom those who are in distress. Know that God resides in the heart of such a one. His heart is saturated with gentleness through and through. He receives as his only those who are forsaken. He bestows on his man servants and maid servants the same affection he shows to his children. Tukaram says: What need is there to describe him further? He is the very incarnation of divinity. 15-10-1930
Translation by Mahatma Gandhi
Aritist : Bhaskar Hande


Vaishwik ‘Jnanadev-Tukaram’Art Gallery, Aundh, Pune 411007.

The Pilgrimage - Dehu to Pandharpur ( 2008 )


1. The Pilgrimage - Malinagar.

Vijay Wadekar


                            2. Varkari
Varkari: A person who makes the pilgrimage.   The Varkari follows a number of specific principles and practices:
1.Worship of Lord Vithoba.
2.A duty-based approach towards life.
3.Strict avoidance of alcohol and tobacco.
4.Strictly vegetarian diet.
5.Rejecting discrimination based on caste or wealth.
                            Vijay Wadekar


3. The Pilgrimage - Malinagar.

Pandurang Pawar



4. The temple at Dehu

Dilip Mali


5.The halt at the village Nimgaon Ketki.

Bhaskar Hande


6. Vinekari ( one who holds the music instrument) at the halt Vakhari.

Bhaskar Hande


7. The rest at the village Kadamvasti

Bhaskar Hande


8. The tamarind tree at pilgrimage town of Pandharpur.

Bhaskar Hande