Godavari Pushkaralu

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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 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.

On the occasion of the Godavari Pushkaralu at Basar, Telangana ‘Hindu Janajagruti Samiti’ will undertake activities of Dharmashikshan & Dharma-jagruti from 14th July to 25th July 2015.

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Rivers

Each river is associated with a zodiac sign, and the river for each year’s festival is based on which zodiac sign the planet Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) is in at that time.

The Pushkaram is part of the Hindu . Therefore, the names of 12 rivers may vary depending on the regional traditions. For example, in Maharashtra, Bhima is associated with Scorpio sign, while in Tamil Nadu, Tamraparni is associated with it. The sacred rivers include:

 River  Rashi (Hindu zodiac sign)  Corresponding Western zodiac sign
Ganges Mesha Aries
Narmada Vrishabha Taurus
Saraswati Mithuna  Gemini
Yamuna Karka Cancer
Godavari  Simha Leo
Krishna  Kanya Virgo
Sangu Theertham tank at Vedagiriswarar temple  Kanya Virgo
Kaveri  Tula  Libra
Bhima  Vrishchika Scorpio
Tamraparni (Thamirabarani) Vrishchika Scorpio
Tapti (Pushkaravahini) Dhanus Sagittarius
Tungabhadra Makara Capricorn
Sindhu (Indus) Kumbha Aquarius
Pranhita (Parineeta) Mina Pisces

Celebration of Godavari Pushkaralu

Pushkaram celebrations include reverence of ancestors, spiritual discourses, devotional music and cultural programmes. Theoretically, the festival lasts as long as Jupiter remains in the corresponding zodiac sign (generally, for one year). However, it draws major crowds only during the first 12 days. The first twelve days are known as Adi Pushkaram, and the last twelve days are called Anthya Pushkaram. It is believed that during the above period of twenty-four days, “Pushkar” the person, who is imbued with the power to make any river holy, will travel with Jupiter as Jupiter moves from one Zodiac house to another.

In Tamil Nadu, Pushkaram is celebrated in Tamraparni River when Jupiter is in Scorpio. In the four places where River Tamraparni flows from south to north, Banathirtham, Papanasam, Thirupudaimaruthur and Sinthupoondurai, the festival is celebrated in accordance with tradition. The Tamraparni temple at Suthamalli is also a place of religious celebration during the Pushkaram year.