Godavari Pushkaralu (Godavari River Pushkarams) is a festival of River Godavari which comes once in 12 years. In 2015, Godavari Pushkaralu begins on July 14 and ends on July 25.
Godavari Pushkaralu – Muhurthams
Godavari Pushkara prarambha Muhurtham – 6.26 AM, 14 July 2015, Tuesday (Krishna Paksha Trayodashi in Adhika Ashada Masam)
Godavari Pushkara Antya Muhurtham – 9 PM, 25 July 2015, Saturday.
Godavari Pushkarams were held previously in 2003.
Godavari Pushkarams – Maha Kumbha Mela
This year’s Pushkarams are called Maha Kumbhamela. Maha Kumbhamela occurs once in 144 years.
Aadhi & Antya Pushkarams
The first 12 days of Godavari pushkaram is called Aadhi pushkaram and the last 12 days of Godavari pushkaram is called Anthya pushkaram. These 24 days 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 perform rituals to departed souls.It is believed that during pushkaram all deities and rishies take holy dip, a holy dip in Godavari which will enhance one’s spritual, mental and physical abilities.
Pushkaram is a festival of rivers pertains to 12 important rivers in India which occurs once in 12 years for each river. The river for each year festival is based on the presence of Jupiter on which Zodiac sign by that time.
The pushkaram lasts for a period as long as the Jupiter remains in that particular Zodiac sign
It is believed that Pushkarudu, also known as pushkar God who is powerful to make any river holy will travel with Jupiter, as Jupiter travels from one Zodiac sign to another Zodiac sign.
Godavari originates at Trimbak, Nasik district of Maharastra and flows through southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and reaches the Bay of Bengal.
Popular Holy Places for Godavari Pushkara Snana
Nashik Trimbak Trimbakeshwar Temple – Maharashtra
Basar Saraswati Temple, Adilabad district – Telangana
Dharmapuri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Karimnagar district – Telangana
Kaleshwaram Shiva Temple, Karimnagar district – Telangana
Manthani, Karimnagar district – Telangana
Bhadrachalam Sri Sitaramachandra Swamy Temple, Karimnagar district – Telangana
Rajahmundry – East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh
Kovvur – East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh
Dhavaleshwaram -East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh (Here Godavari splits into two streams ‘Vriddha Gautami’ and ‘Vashishta’ before joining the Bay of Bengal.
Kotipalli Theertham – East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh
Antarvedi Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple – East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh