The twin Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are all set to host the biggest congregation of devotees, which will kickstart on July 14. The once-in-12-years Pushkaram will see the participation of crores of pilgrims from across the country.
Godavari Pushkarams will be a special event this time because this year the mega event turns out to be ‘Maha Pushkarams’ which comes once in 144 years. This is considered auspicious from the astronomical point of view.
Similar to the ‘Kumbh melas’, celebrated alongside holy rivers in north India, Pushkarams in AP and Telangana is held once in 12 years and having a holy dip in River Godavari during the time is said to bring blessings to the devotees.
The main venue for the ‘Pushkarams’ in AP is Rajahmundry in East Godavari district where the Godavari River is in full expanse whereas the Telangana State government is organising Godavari Pushkarams at Basar in Adilabad, Dharmapuri and Vemulawada in Karimnagar and Bhadrachalam in Khammam.
AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu along with his family members would take a holy dip in river Godavari at Pushkara Ghat in Rajahmundry on July 14 at 6.26 am. Kanchi seer Jayendra Saraswathi would also take a holy dip in Pushkara Ghat at the same time.
In West Godavari district other Hindu pontiffs will take a holy bath in river Godavari at Gopada Kshetram in Kovvur. There are 263 bathing ghats in East and West Godavari districts.