‘Poli Swargam’ marks end of Karthika Masam.. In 2020, Poli Swargam date is December 14.
Bathing ghats in Vijayawada witness hectic activity with scores of people thronging to observe ‘Poli Swargam’ that marks the actual conclusion of Karthika Masam.
The devotees observe ‘Poli Swargam’, a day after Amavasya (new moon day) of Karthika Masam. As the custom goes, people leave sacred deepam to show way to washerwoman, who goes to heaven on a new moon day.
The devout, mostly women, reach the bathing ghats, in the early hours to take a holy dip in river Krishna and pray for the well-being of their families. Durga Ghat, which is very close to Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam, is choc-a-block with devotees, who turn up irrespective of age.
The officials arrange shower baths for the convenience of the devotees, who could not take a dip in the river.
The women devotees light deepam in the trunks of a banana tree. The devotees set afloat miniature boats made of paper and banana tree trunks carrying the lit earthen lamps in the river and canals.
The devotees offer ‘arghyam’ to the lord. The belief is that taking a dip in the river during Karthika Purnima cleanses them of their sins, expediting the end of the cycle of reincarnation.
Temples like One Town Sivalayam, Siva temple near Challapalli Bungalow, in Krishnalanka, Ramakoti in Satyanarayanapuram, and Sarabhaiah gullu in Durga agraharam witness heavy rush. Devotees made a beeline for temples to have a glimpse of the presiding deities.
Siva and Shirdi Saibaba temples are crowded with the devotees. In the evening, it is a delight to see thousands of lamps light at all the major temples. Hundreds of devotees gather in the temples, recite bhajans, and sing in praise of Lord Siva.