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
Bhimashankar – one of the twelve esteemed Jyotirlinga shrines, located 50kms northwest khed, near Pune district, Maharashtra
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.
Pandharpur Vithoba Temple – Panduranga Swamy/Vittal/Vithoba temple – Solapur district, Maharashtra
Sri Dattatreya Temple – Ganagapura – Gulbarga District- Karnataka. We can see meeting points of (Sangama kshethra) of Bhima and Amarja rivers.
Srri Kshetra Rasangi Balabheemasena Temple in Rasanagi, Jevargi Taluka, Gulbarga district, Karnataka
Sri Kshetra Kolakoor siddha Bhasaveswara Temple, Kolakoor, Jevargi Taluka, Gulbarga district, Karnataka
Famous Temple at the bank of Tamraparni river.
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.