pushkaralu Pushkaram

Pushkaram

Pushkaram is an Indian festival dedicated to worshiping of rivers. It is also known as Pushkaralu (in Telugu), Pushkara or Pushkar.

It is celebrated at shrines along the banks of 12 major sacred rivers in India, in the form of ancestor worship, spiritual discourses, devotional music and cultural programmes. The celebration happens annually, once in 12 years along each river. Each river is associated with a zodiac sign, and the river for each year's festival is based on which sign Jupiter is in at the time. Due to regional variations, some of the zodiac signs are associated with multiple rivers. Godavari Pushkaralu 2015: StartDate:14th July 2015 End Date: 25th July 2015 No of days Celebrated : 12

According to a legend mentioned in astrology treatises such as Jataka Parijata (1426), a Brahmin was granted a boon from Shiva after severe penance. The boon was that he would be able to live in water and purify the holy rivers. The Brahmin came to be known as Pushkara ("the one who nourishes"). On a request from Bṛhaspati (Jupiter), he decided to enter one of the 12 sacred rivers when Bṛhaspati traveled from one zoadic sign to another.

Each river is associated with a zodiac sign, and the river for each year's festival is based on which zodiac sign the planet Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) is in at that time.

The Pushkaram tradition is not mentioned in the early Hindu texts; it is part of the Hindu astrological lore. Therefore, the names of 12 rivers may vary depending on the regional traditions. For example, in Maharashtra, Bhima is associated with Scorpio sign, while in Tamil Nadu, Tamraparni is associated with it. The sacred rivers include

Rashi (Hindu zodiacsign)   Corresponding Western zodiacsign          River
1  Mesha                                   Aries                                                   Ganges
2 Vrishabha                             Taurus                                                Narmada
3 Mithuna                                Gemini                                                Saraswati
4 Karka                                     Cancer                                                Yamuna
5 Simha                                     Leo                                                   Godavari
6 Kanya                                  Virgo                                              Krishna. In Tamil Nadu, the festival is celebrated at the Sangu Theertham tank at Vedagiriswarar temple.
7 Tula                                       Libra                                                       Kaveri
8 Vrishchika                         Scorpio                                            Bhima. In Tamil Nadu, the festival is celebrated on the banks of Tamraparni (Thamirabarani) river.
9 Dhanus                            Sagittarius                                             Tapti (Pushkaravahini). In Assam, the festival is celebrated on the banks of Brahmaputra river.
10 Makara                            Capricorn                                               Tungabhadra
11 Kumbha                             Aquarius                                           Sindhu (Indus)
12 Mina                                    Pisces                                                    Pranhita (Parineeta)

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