|Godhavari Maha Pushkaram,2015.godavari maha pushkaram.org|
Pushkaram is an Indian (Hindu) festival dedicated to worshiping of rivers. It is part of the medieval Hindu astrological lore that links the planets and the holy rivers. Also known as Pushkara or Pushkar and Pushkaralu (in Telugu), it is celebrated with devotion and joy at temples or shrines along the banks of 12 major sacred rivers of India. This kind of worship is a sort of dedication to forefathers. It involves certain rituals, cultural programs, spiritual discourses and devotional music.
|Pushkaram Godavari. aarthi to the river.2015.thenewsminute.com|
On the auspicious day of Pushkarnam, the devotee is supposed to engage himself in five duties such as ''Snana'' (bath in the river), ''Daana'' (charity), ''Japa'' (recitation of mantras), ''Archana'' and Dhyana (meditation).
The names of 12 rivers vary depending on the tradition being followed in that region. In Tamil Nadu Pushkaram is celebrated on the banks of Tamraparni, in Thirunelveli district when Jupiter is in Scorpio. In Andhra, it is celebrated across Godavari, Krishna, Penna and Prahita. In Assam, this festival is celebrated on the banks of Brahmaputra river when Jupiter is in Sagitarus. In Maharashtra, Bhima is associated with Scorpio sign.
On the final day, Pundits will perform Pooja and Aarthi (showing the Deepam) to the holy river. Lots of people pay their obeisance to their ancestors (Pithroos) and do ''Pinda Pradhanam"(dissolving the small rice balls sprinkled with gingelly seeds in the river) while Pundits or Purohits chanting the specific mantra.