|The catchment area of the pilgrimage to Pandharpur includes 28 routes of
palkhis (palanquins in which the silver replicas of feet of saints are carried).
Some 100,000 pilgrims walk along these routes to Pandharpur, reaching it
on sukla ekadasi, the eleventh day of the waxing moon of Asadha. The stopping
times along some of the routes are precisely set by the motion of the moon
along the ecliptic. Due to the changing speed of the moon in its elliptical
orbit pilgrims must change their walking speed.|