India is a country of countless divine rivers and streams. Though there are innumerable rivers in India, only twelve of them have the specific regard of their own, where the “Pushkaram” is celebrated. The river Godavari is one of them which is prolonged river in South India and known as “Dakshina Ganga”.
The Godavari Pushkaralu 2015 will happens once in 12 years, and going perform the 12-day event, during the period of July 14, 2015 to July 25.
The Godavari Pushkarams happen according to the transit of Bruhaspathi (Jupiter, Guru) into the Simha Raasi (Leo Zodiac Sign) along with Pushkar God who is the king of all Theerthas.
During this period the river “Godavari” attains the form of “Theertha” in presence of Pushkar. According to Ethics in Hindu people should take holy Bath, do charity, Offerings to the God in memory of the ancestral departed souls also.
The belief is that, having Bath in this rivers will wash out all the sins and during pushkaram. The people also perform rituals like Pindapradanam to the ancestral on this auspicious social occasion.
Dates of the event:
Adi Pushkarams: is celebrated between 14th July 2015 to 25th July 2015
Antya Pushkarams: Will be celebrated 12 days in the month of July 2016.
These 24 days are very devotional to devotees, as Pushkar presents in the river these days.
During Godavari pushkaram Pilgrims from all over the country will take a holy dip in godavari and believes that they would get rid from all Sins, and performs rituals to departed souls. It is also believed that during Pushkaram period all divinities and Rishies take holy dip in Godavari.
According to Hindu Ethics, the God Pushkar presents in each river at every 12 years; and Ethics also states that taking a divine bath in these rivers, when Pushkar is present, will wipe out all their sins. Thus the people wait for Pushkaram to have a sacred bath (Pushkara Snanam) in.
During these Godavari Pushkaralu, the best Places to visit are
1. Godavari Pushkaram in Rajahmundry
2. Kovvur in Andhra Pradesh
3. Basara: In Adilabad District, Telangana state, the Godavari Pushkar Ghats are located here
4. Dharmapuri and Vemulawada in Karimnagar District
5. Bhadrachalam in Khammam District
Godavari Pushkaralu 2015
List of the Temples or Banks of Godavari River
1) Basara Temple, Adilabad, Telangana
2) Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Dharmapuri, Karimnagar
3) Gudem Gutta Temple, Adilabad
4) Sri Mukhteswara Swamy Temple, Kaleswaram, Karimnagar
5) Bhadrachalam Temple, Khamman
6) Patti Seema, near Rajamundri
7) Trimbakeshwar, Maharastra
8) Nasik, Maharastra
9) Sri Hazur Sahib Sikh Gurudwara, Nanded
10) Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Antarvedi, East Godavari, AP
Generally the banks on the Godavari River are called as Pushkaralu Ghats.
Important Pushkaralu Ghats are in Adilabad, Dharmapuri, Vemulawada and Bhadrachalam.
About 67 Pushkaralu Ghats come on the Godavari river flow. Among these, Bhadrachalm in Khammam district is the important place where celebrations are performed.
During these Godavari Pushkaralu Indian Railways will add some special trains in order to smooth flow of the devotees.