Bathing ghats all along Godavari river for Pushkaralu 2015 in Telangana..
Usually Godavari ‘Pushkaralu’ were held at the ancient and historic temple shrines of Dharmapuri, Kaleshwaram, Koti Lingala and Manthani in Karimnagar district, but, this time, the district administration had decided to conduct pushkaralu all along the shores of Godavari in Karimnagar district for the benefit of devotees. The Godavari Pushkaralu would be held from July 14 to 27 this year.
Expecting a surge of pilgrims at the temple shrines in the district, the administration decided to conduct Pushkaralu in six other places along the shores of river Godavari in Mallapur, Dharmapuri, Ibrahimpatnam and Ramagundam mandals. The authorities have decided to conduct Godavari pushkaralu at the Erdandi in Ibrahimpatnam mandal, Valigonda and VV Rao Peta village of Mallapur mandal, Thimmapur and Rayapatnam villages of Dharmapuri mandals.
Accordingly, the authorities have prepared plans for the construction of bathing ghats and provision of other facilities such as laying of roads on the river shores etc. Following demand from the Godavarikhani coal belt region, the authorities were also examining the construction of bathing ghats on the shores of river Godavari at Ramagundam mandal for the benefit of coal miners in the region.
The authorities have also prepared an action plan for the Pushkaralu arrangements at a cost of Rs 77.77 crore.
Officials said that the decision to construct the bathing ghats all along the shores of river Godavari was taken to ease the congestion at the temple shrines.
“During Pushkaralu, the pilgrims take holy dip in the river and perform the ‘shradha’ rituals and other offerings and leave the place. Instead of allowing all pilgrims at one particular place temple shrine, we are planning to ease the congestion at the temple shrine by allowing the pilgrims to take holy dip in the river at various places in the district,” they added.