River Bhima Pushkaras India

Bhima Pushkaram:


Start Date: October 12, 2018

End Date: October 23, 2018

Rivers: Bhima River – Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana

Tamraparni - Tamilnadu


Pushkaram is a festival of rivers pertains to 12 important rivers in India which occurs once in 12 years for each river. The river for each year festival is based on the presence of Jupiter on which Zodiac sign to another zodiac sign.

The pushkaram tradition is a part of the medieval Hindu astrological lore. Therefore, the names of 12 rivers may vary depending on the regional tradition.

Bhima pushkaralu is a festival of River Bhima also known as river Bhimarathi or River Tamraparni. In Maharastra, River Bhima is associated with Scorpio sign, while in Tamilnadu, Tamraparni River is associated with it.

This year the pushkaram that occurs in October 2018 is called Maha pushkaram, as all of the zodiac signs are aligned which occurs once in 144 years. Bhima pushkaralu started 12th October and ends on 23rd October. This pushkaram begins as Jupiter enters into Vruschika Raasi.

River Bhima originates near Bhimashankar Temple in Bhima Shankar hills in Khed Talukaon the western side of the Western Ghats, known as Sahyadri, in Pune district, Maharastra. The Bhima river reaches Ganagapur of Karnataka and merges in Krishna River. Bhima river is one of the largest river in south India, flows thorugh Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana before entering the Krishna river. Piligrims can take holy bath in BhimShankaram, Pune district Maharashtra, Ganugapur, Karnataka and Sukralingampally village, Krishna Mandal, Mahabubnagar district, Telangana.

The Thamirabarani River (Porunai or Tamraparni) is a perennial river that originates from the Agastyarkoodam peak of Pothigai hills of the Western Ghats, above Papanasam in the Ambasamudram taluk. It flows through Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts of Tamilnadu. Piligirms can take holy bath in Papanasam, Mukkudal and Kurukkuthurai places in Tamilnadu.

During pushkaram piligrims from all over the country will have a holy dip with the belief that they would be relieved from all sins, and performs rituals to departed souls.


Famous Temples and Holy places on the Bank of Bhima River


  1. Bhimashankar – one of the twelve esteemed Jyotirlinga shrines, located 50kms northwest khed, near Pune district, Maharashtra

  2. Siddhatek – Siddhivinayak temple – one of the Ashtavinayak Ganesh temple- The temle is situated off the Pune-Solapur highway and 48 kms from the town of Srigonda in Ahmed nagar district. Daund Railway station is 18 kms from here.

  3. Pandharpur Vithoba Temple – Panduranga Swamy/Vittal/Vithoba temple – Solapur district, Maharashtra

  4. Sri Dattatreya Temple – Ganagapura – Gulbarga District- Karnataka. We can see meeting points of (Sangama kshethra) of Bhima and Amarja rivers.

  5. Srri Kshetra Rasangi Balabheemasena Temple in Rasanagi, Jevargi Taluka, Gulbarga district, Karnataka

  6. Sri Kshetra Kolakoor siddha Bhasaveswara Temple, Kolakoor, Jevargi Taluka, Gulbarga district, Karnataka

Famous Temple at the bank of Tamraparni river.

  1. Nellaiyappar – Lord Parameswara Temple, Tirunalveli – Tamilnadu

  2. Nava Tirupathulu Temple – one of the Famous 108 Divyakshetras Mentioned in Vaishnava Tradition –Thoothukudi - Tamilnadu


There are so many famous temples in and around Tamilnadu state.


Stotras to be chant during pushkaram:


1st Day – Narayana Stotram, Vishnu ashtottaram, Vishnu Sahasranama stotram

2nd Day – Adithya Hrudayam, Bhaskara Ashtakam

3rd Day – Sri Mahalakshmi Ashtakam, Kanakadhara stotram, Lakshmi Ashtottara sathanama stotram

4th Day – Ganesha ratnapanchakam, Sankatanashana Ganesha stotram, Vighneswara Shodasanama stotram, Ganesha Ashtothara namavali

5th Day – Krishnashtakam, Damodara Ashtakam

6th Day – Sri Saraswathi Dhyanam, Shir Saraswathi Astottaram

7th Day – Annapurnashtakam, Gauri Ashtottaram

8th Day – Shiva Sthavam, Mahamrityunjaya Stotram, Kalabhairava Ashtakam, Chandrasekhara Ashtakam

9th Day – Ananta Padmanabha Swamy Ashtottara Satanamavali

10th Day – Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Karavalamba Stotram

11th Day – Dadi Vamana Stotram

12th Day – Sri Rama Raskha Stotram.



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