The much awaited Godavari Pushkaralu 2015 begins from tomorrow i.e., on 14th July at 6.26 am as Jupiter enters the zodiac sign of Leo. Taking this into consideration, both the State Governments, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are planning to make these Godavari Pushkaram 2015 celebrations a grand event. Ghats in towns that are situated on the banks of Godavari got ready for the iconic event in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. This year the pushkaram is called Mahakumbamela as it occurs every 144 years. The pushakaram comes for every 12 years and last time we have celebrated Godavari Pushkaralu in the year 2003 before the bifurcation of states.
Mahakumbamela – 2015
Pushkaram is an Indian festival dedicated to worshiping of rivers. It is also known as Pushkaralu (in Telugu), Pushkara (or) Pushkar. It is celebrated at shrines along the banks of 12 major sacred rivers in India, in the form of ancestor worship, spiritual discourses, devotional music and cultural programmes. The celebration happens annually, once in 12 years along each river. Each river is associated with a zodiac sign, and the river for each year’s festival is based on which sign Jupiter is in at the time. Due to regional variations, some of the zodiac signs are associated with multiple rivers.
This year pushkaram is called “Mahakumbamela” as it occurs for every 144 years. Pushkaralu is celebrated for 24 days and it is are very pious to devotees,as pushkaradu travels during these days.During Godavari pushkaram, pilgrims from all over the country will have a holy dip with the belief that they would be relieved from all sins and they also perform rituals to departed souls.It is believed that during pushkaram all deities and rishies take a holy dip.
A holy dip in Godavari enhances one’s spritual, mental and physical abilities. It is also believed that Pushkarudu, also known as Pushkar God is very powerful who turns any river “holy” will travel with Jupiter in which Jupiter travels from one Zodiac sign to another Zodiac sign.The first 12 days of pushkaram is called “Aadhi Pushkaram” and next 12 days is called “Anthya pushkaram”. Devotees take a holy dip in the river to redeem themselves from the sins committed by them.
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Godavari originates at Triumbakam, Nasik district of Maharashtra state and flows through southern state of Andhra Pradesh and reaches the Bay of Bengal.The river travels along Basar in Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Dharmapuri, Kaleshwaram, Eturnagaram, Bhadrachalam, and reaches AP passing through East and West Godavari before it merges into the sea at Antarvedi.In 2003 around two crore members visited for pushkar.
Pushkaram in Telangana
This is the first time after the formation of Telangana and hence, the Government of Telangana is making proper arrangements at all ghats for the pilgrims who visits Godavari Pushkaralu. The state government is organizing the Godavari Pushkaralu in 5 districts, namely Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, and Warangal. A total of 67 pushkar ghats are being constructed along the river in these five districts.
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Telangana Chief Minister KCR has directed officials to ensure good facilities at all the bathing ghats, and renovate temples to enable pilgrims conveniently have darshan. Peethaadhipathis of Kanchi, Sringeri, and Chinna Jeeyar Swamy have been invited to the festival. “All the facilities for devotees coming from various places are being taken care by the Telangana government. Women and children will be ensured special care and protection,” said the CM.
However, due to scarcity of water in Basar, people visiting Basar Ghats will be disappointed as they can only have a shower instead of holy dip. If huge rains occurs in the coming days over the Telangana region, then we can expect the Basar ghat to be filled up with water.
Pushkaralu in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh government had made lot of arrangements for Godavari pushkaralu which satrts from 14th July 2015 from 6.26 am. Godavari Pushkaralu are the most renowned Pushkaralu after the sacred Ganges Kumbhamela. This Godavari Kumbhamela is celebrated in all the cities and towns. But the biggest celebrations take place at it’s birth place Nasik and then the city where the holy river emerges the biggest, Rajahmundry. In 2003, about 2 crore pilgrims have attended the festival in Rajamundry in East Godavari district.
Recent news is that endowment Minister, Pydikondala Manikyala Rao of Andhra Pradesh have said to media that around 6 crore devotees and travellers are expected to take a holy dip in the Godavari Pushkaralu. He also said that about 10 Union ministers are expected to take part in the Godavari Pushkaralu. Earlier news is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would take part in this festival but due to his busy schedule he did not take part.
Godavari is also having other name called Gowthami.There is also a Railway Station Named “Godavari Railway Station ” in Rajahmundry, which is existing in the proximity of River Godavari. During pushkaram’s, south central railway will make special arrangements at Godavari railway station so as to deal with heavy rush of pilgrims.
Since India is a country of different cultures and traditions, Pushkaram make all the people gather at one place, shows the Unity in Diversity.