Narmada Pushkaram or Narmada River Pushkaralu comes once in every twelve years time. The 12-day Pushkaras are very auspicious for Narmada snan and other holy rituals.
In 2024, Ganga Pushkaram begins on May 1 and ends on May 12. Jupiter Transit into Taurus (Guru Sankramana in Vrishabha Rashi) marks the beginning of Narmada Pushkaralu.
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.
As per the shruthi “Brahma Vishnuscha rudrascha indradya sarva devataa pitharo rusha yasstchiava thatraiva nivasanti hee”, performing yearly Pinda daan, Pitru Tharpan, and many other pithru karmas during Pushkar time is highly meritorious.
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.
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.