The Godavari Pushkaram occurs once in every 12 years on the auspicious occasion of the transit of Bruhaspati into Simha Rasi (Leo zodiac sign). This is an important Religious Festival in Andhra Pradesh paramount to Kumbh Mela of the North. Its grandeur begins amid pomp and gaiety in the month of Aashadam on Chaturdasi Day.
The Godavari Pushkaram occurring this year is a Maha Pushkaram. It is not an ordinary pushkaram. The Maha Pushkaram comes once for every 12 regular pushkarams. Or, simply once in every 144 years. Hence it is named Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015. The next Godavari Maha Pushkaram will commence in the year 2159.
The River Godavari originates in Western Ghats of Central India near Nasik in Maharastra. It flows East across the Deccan Plateau then turns South East enters Andhra Pradesh at Gundala Village, Nellipaka Mandal of Rampachodavaram Revenue Division of East Godavari District. Down stream of Rajahmundry the river Godavari splits into two distributory branches called Vriddha Gouthami and Vasistha Godavari. Again the Gouthami branch splits into two sub-branches namely Gouthami and Neelarevu, similarly Vasistha splits into two branches namely Vasistha and Vainateya. All these seven streams known as “Sapta Godavari” flow into the Bay of Bengal at Antarvedi.
An estimated 4 crore (40 million) people, or 80 lakh (8 million) families shall attend Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015. The Government of Andhra Pradesh leaves no stone unturned in making arrangements to facilitate the heavy influx during the 12 days and to make it a memorable experience.
Pilgrims come to Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015 to perform Religious Activities and Rituals. Click the below button to view complete information on these activities and the arrangements made by the government for facilitating these activities.
To make the Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015 a memorable experience for all the visitors, the Government of Andhra Pradesh is conducting a various cultural, sport and tourism events. Click below for information.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has recently published a book on Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015 setting the tone and vision for the event. Please find it below.