Today, 17 May 2012 Narmada Pushkarams begins.. Narmada Pushkaram (Narmada River Pushkarams) is a celebration held for once in 12 years at Narmada River. The 12-day Pushkarams are very auspicious for Narmada Snan and other holy rituals. In 2012, Narmada Pushkaralu begins on May 17 and ends on 28 May. Entering of Brihaspati into Vrishbha rasi (Taurus) marks the beginning of Narmada River Pushkaralu.
On 17 May, at 9.34 AM, Pushkara Raja Guru Graha (Brihaspati) enters into Vrishabha Rashi (Krittika Nakshatram’s 2nd Pada). It marks the beginning of Sartha Thrikoti Thirtha Sahitha Narmada Pushkarams. It coincides with Krishna Paksha Dwadasi in Vaishakh Month as per Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu & Kannada calendars (Jyeshta Month in North Indian Hindi calendars).
Narmada River originated at Amarkantak of Madhya Pradesh and flows in western direction through Maharashtra and Gujarat and then merges in the Arabian Sea. Amarkantak and Omkareshwara Jyothirlinga Temple are the best places to perform Narmada Pushkara Snana and other sacred rituals. Omkareswar is the fifth Jyothirlingas among Dwadash Jyothirlinga Temples. Omkareswar is located at distance of 77 kms from Indore.
It is to note that Ujjain Mahakali Temple Shakti Peetha and Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Jyothirlingam Temple are located in Ujjain city, which is on Kshipra River banks, but not on Narmada River banks.
Imprint Travels, Hyderabad, will be running a special pilgrimage tour for Narmada Pushkaralu at Amarkantak from various places of Andhra Pradesh.