11 August 2016
Krishna Pushkaralu will be held from 12th - 23rd of August month 2016. Generally, the banks that come across the Krishna River are called as Pushkara Ghats. Both AP and Telangana governments have reportedly focused on the arrangements of the same. Guntur, Krishna, Prakasham, Kurnool, Nalgonda, Khammam and Mahaboob nagar are the places which are likely to witness the festive look. Among all of those Vijayawada of Krishna district is the main place where celebrations are made. Krishna Pushkaralu commences on 12th August 2016 in the morning. During the Krishna Pushkaralu, Indian Railways have announced that they will add some special trains in order to deal with the heavy rush of the devotees.
As this is a festival which occurs for once in 12 years Government of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are planning heavy preparations so as to reduce the rush of pilgrims. Around 4-5 cores of people are expected to visit this pushkaralu from all over the India. Everyone has a belief that whoever visits the Krishna Pushkaram must take a holy dip in the river Krishna which improves their Physical and mental abilities.
The river Krishna took it birth at Near Mahabaleswar, Jor village, Satara district which is located in Maharashtra state. It flows along the various regions of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and finally flows into the Bay of Bengal at Hamasaladeevi in Andhra Pradesh.
The word Pushkara has a definite meaning in our Hindu Mythology. It means that nourishment of the one who performs it. It can also be called as Pushkaram, Pushkara or Pushkaralu. Krishna is also called as Krishnaveni.
The Krishna River is the fourth biggest river in terms of water inflows and river basin area in India which is approximately 1300 kms. Krishna Pushkaralu happens due to the time of entry of Jupiter into Virgo (Kanya rasi). Most of the Krishna River is connected with Vijayawada. One of the special attractions of Vijayawada is that it has Kanaka Durga Temple is a famous hindu Temple of Goddess Durga located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The temple is located on the Indrakeeladri hill, on the banks of Krishna River.
List of Temples on the banks of Krishna River:
1. Mallikarjuna temple in Srisailam
2. Amareshwara Swamy temple in Amaravati
3. Durga-Malleshwara temple in Vijayawada
4. Mattapalli Narashima Swamy Temple in Mattapalli(Telangana)
5. Lord shiva & Narasimha Swamy Temple in Vadapally
6. Sangameshwara temple at Alampur