The State Government of Telangana on 2 February 2014 announced its decision to organise Godavari Pushkaralu on a large scale on the lines of Kumbh Mela. The event is scheduled to be held in July 2015.
The decision was taken during the Telangana government’s Cabinet Sub-Committee meeting in Hyderabad.
Main highlights of the Cabinet Sub-committee of Telangana government on Pushkaralu
• 452 crore rupees will be invested on the event
• 69 bathing ghats will be constructed and existing 27 ghats will be repaired
• Construction work of the new ghats will be monitored by the Vigilance Department
• The ghats would come up at Basar and Dharmapuri
• 266 crore rupees would be spent by the Roads and Building Department, 100 crore rupees by Panchayat Raj and Rural Water Supply and 86 crore rupees by the Irrigation Department for making the arrangements
• To oversee the arrangements in five districts namely Nizamabad, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam senior officers would be debuted
• Police control rooms to be made available at bathing ghats
Besides, the State Government during the meet decided to invite President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the event.
About Godavari Pushkaralu
Pushkaram is a holy festival that is celebrated once in every 12 years at each of the 12 major rivers of India, the Godavari is one among them.
Godavari Pushkaralu, a 12-day festival of worshipping the river is held once in 12 years. Every 12th year Jupiter’s entry into the constellation Leo marks the Pushkaram for Godavari. The celebrations include reverence of ancestors, spiritual discourses, devotional music and cultural programmes.
Theoretically, the festival lasts as long as Jupiter remains in the corresponding zodiac sign (generally, for one year).
However, it draws major crowds only during the first 12 days. The first twelve days are known as Adi Pushkaram, and the last twelve days are called Anthya Pushkaram.
The Godavari Pushkaram 2003
Last time the Godavari Pushkaram was organised in 2003 from 30 July to 10 August in Andhra Pradesh. The Mahotsavam was held at nine prominent temple tomes of the state namely Basara in Adilabad, Dharmapuri and Kaleswaram in Karimnagar, Bhadrachalam in Khammam, Kovvuru in West Godavari and Rajahmundry, Pattiseema, Drasksharamam and Antharvedi in East Godarvari districts.
Who: Godavari Pushkaralu
Where: On banks of River Godavari
When: 2 February 2015