January 5, 2018
Godavari Pushkaram/ Purna Kumbh Mela
|Last Year (2015)||July 12th to July 25th|
|Next Year Dates Not Determined|
Godavari Pushkaram or Purna Kumbh Mela is a major Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather in large number to take bathe in a holy river. Godavari pushkaram is the Kumbh mela of the south and occurs once in 144 years. The festival is dedicated to worship rivers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. This festival was very significant in the year 2015 because, this festival comes in every 144 years and the next Maha Pushkaralu will be celebrated in the year 2159. This is the reason, Pushkaralu which is observed once in 12 years is considered to be very properous.
When It Is Celebrated?
The festival starts from the Ashadha i.e June or July month on the Chaturdashi day (14th day), when planet Jupiter moves in the zodiac sign of Leo. The festival of Purna Kumbh Mela is celebrated after every 144 years. Last time, it occurs in 2015 and in future, this festival will take place in the year 2159.
How It Is Celebrated?
The Maha Pushkaralu is popularly known as Maha Kumbh of the South. It is believed that one who bath in the sacred river during this time will get rid from their sins. It is a belief that every years, during this time, the god Pushkar arrive in one of the twelve holy rivers of India. Last year, this festival was celebrated in Godavari year. It is twenty four days long celebration.The duration of first twelve days is called Aadhi pushkaram and the last twelve days is called Anthya pushkaram. The Maha Pushkaram festival attracts a large number of devotees from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and various other parts of the country.
Another symbolic event called Shobha Yatra is carried out during the celebrations. It is a procession carrying the sacred waters of the Godavari River to be mixed with water bodies in all the villages in the 13 districts which comes within the boundary of the Godavari River.
A religious performance called the Godavari Harathi is conducted. It is a ritual of worshipping with a number of lamps, alike the Ganga Aarti which is performed on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi, is also conducted at Rajahmundry where the river flows out to the sea. There is a giant size Sivalingam which is special attraction in Rajahmundry. Water is drawn from Godavari to Sivalingam and makes it easy for the Piligrims to take bath under showers.