What Is Pushkar, What Is Pushkaram, What Is Pushkaralu, Story Behind Pushkar-Pushkaram, What To Do In Pushkar-Pushkaram
Pushkaram-Pushkaralu is an Indian festival dedicated to rivers by worshiping them. 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 devotees engage in activities such as snana (bath in the river), daana (charity), japa (recitation of mantras), archana and dhyana (meditation).
History Behind Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
As per the legend, Lord Shiva blessed a brahmin with a power to purify the holy rivers hence he was known as Pushkaram (the one who nourishes). While traveling from one zodiac sign to another, Jupiter(Bruhaspati) requested Pushkar to make the 12 sacred rivers holy. So he decided to enter one of the 12 sacred rivers when Jupiter(Bruhaspati) traveled from one zodiac sign to another.
Different Types Of Pushkar-Pushkaram In India:
- Ganga Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
- Narmada Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
- Saraswati Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
- Yamuna Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
- Godavari Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
- Krishna Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
- Kaveri Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
- Bhima Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
- Tapti Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
- Tungabhadra Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
- Sindhu Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
- Pranahita Pushkaram-Pushkaralu
What To Do In Pushkar-Pushkaram-Pushkaralu:
- Taking a dip in the sacred river to erase all sins we did in our lives.
- Praying and Satisfying pitru devatas by chanting their names and gotras.
- Praying goddess gauri at holy riverside to please goddess gauri.
- Pindapradanam is the most important program during pushkara period. People offer pindas-pindam to their nearest relatives and family members who are dead.