India is a land of numerous rivers, and each river has its significance. Every river that flows through the length and breadth of the country has a religious importance to it. The people of the land worship each river with great pride and reverence and have festivals and auspicious ceremonies dedicated to them. It is a way of glorifying the importance of nature and the blessings endowed on us with the richness of water- one of the elixirs of life.
A river of great prominence in India, the Tungabhadra River begins to flow through the state of Karnataka and continues its course through the state. It continues its course through the border of Karnataka before it turns to run through Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and finally merges with the Krishna river in the Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. The Tungabhadra river was known as the River Pampa in the epic story of Ramayana.
There are many holy places along the river Tungabhadra. Sringeri Sharda Peetham, established and founded by the guru Shree Adi Shankaracharya is located on the left side banks of the Tungabhadra river. With so many holy places around its banks, it is obvious that there is an annual celebration associated with the river.
What is Pushkaralu
Pushkaralu or Pushkaram is an Indian festival that is dedicated to the worship of twelve major rivers flowing across the length and breadth of India. It is widely known as Pushkaralu in the Telugu dialect and even Pushkaram in other parts of South India. It is known as Pushkar in the North.
Pushkaralu is celebrated at several temples and shrines along the banks of twelve sacred rivers of India. The celebrations take place in various forms- spiritual discourse, musical performances, cultural events, and ancestral worship. Pushkaralu or Pushkaram celebrations happen every year as an annual event. The celebrations take place once in twelve years along each river.
Every river is associated with a zodiac sign as per astrology. The river that will be revered and Pushkaram will take place based on the sign of the river and the position of Jupiter amidst the celestial bodies at a time. Many rivers have the same zodiac sign, but the celebrations will depend on the variations of the region where the river flows through.
Twelve major rivers flow across India- Ganga, Godavari, Narmada, Krishna, Yamuna, Saraswati, Bhima, Kaveri, Tapti, Sindhu, Pranhita and Tungabhadra. The Pushkaralu festival is celebrated for each of these rivers as per the zodiac sign associated with the river. The Pushkaram or Pushkaralu is the 12-day festival associated with that particular river.
Pushkaram is important from the perspective of Hindu mythology, tradition, and also astrology. It is believed that all sins committed until now and in the past life will vanish if you take a holy dip in the waters of the Tungabhadra during the time of Pushkaralu. Pushkar was a sage who knew Jala Tattva Sidhi ( the science behind water) and is also the Theerthapalaka ( ruler of the holy water). Pushkar the sage is believed to enter each of these rivers once in every twelve years and resides in there for the first and last twelve days when Jupiter the planet stays in the respective zodiac signs.
As Jupiter enters the zodiac sign of any particular river, the first twelve days are said to the Aadi Pushkaralu. As Jupiter exits the zodiac sign of the river, the last twelve days are called the Antya Pushkaralu.
There are some scientific facts associated with the holy festival called Pushkaralu or Pushakaram. Read on to learn about it:
The cycle of the Sun-spot enhances the magnetic field of the Earth, which correlates with the Pushkaram time. This magnetic power increases the positive energy of the river and enhances the healing power of the water.
∙The healing power equals the power gained by meditation, Snana (bath), Archana ( puja), Dana (charity), Dhyana (meditation), and Japa (chanting) are to be done to improve the power of the body, mind, and soul.
The magnetic power of the water is highest before sunrise and at noon.
What is Tungabhadra Pushkaralu
The Tungabhadra Pushkaralu is a festival held for the Tungabhadra river and observed for a period of 12 days. It is celebrated when Jupiter enters the Makara Rasi ( Capricorn). Makara is the zodiac sign associated with the Tungabhadra river.
During this period, there are several penances rituals that are observed, and each day holds a special significance. Each day is dedicated to the worship of a certain Hindu God, donation of certain specific items, special poojas to be performed, and special chants and to be recited.
Whether you live near the Tungabhadra river or any other part of the country, it is worth embarking on a pilgrimage during the Tungabhadra Pushkaralu to offer penance and purge your sins. redBus helps you plan this trip with its extensive network of buses that ply across several routes across India. Avail of great deals and discounts to book your tickets by logging on to the redBus website. Alternatively, download their app to book your holy visit!