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Pushkaram Festival

Posted on : 22 Feb 2020

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  • Pushkaram is an Indian festival dedicated to the worshiping of rivers.
  • It is also known as Pushkaralu (in Telugu), Pushkara (in Kannada) or Pushkar.
  • It is celebrated at shrines along the banks of 12 major sacred rivers in India, like Ganga, Yamuna, Indus, Godavari, Krishna etc, in the form of ancestor worship, spiritual discourses, devotional music, and cultural programs.
  • The celebration happens annually, once in 12 years along each river.
  • Each river is associated with a zodiac sign, and the river for each year’s festival is based on which sign Jupiter is in at the time.
  • This year the festival will be held at the banks of Brahmaputra river in Assam.
  • The 'Pushakaram' is similar to the 'KumbhMela' performed alongside rivers elsewhere in the country and taking a holy dip is the main ritual of the festival.
  • Mahapushkaram takes place once in 144 years. The last time it took place was in 2015 during Godavari mahapushakaram.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding the Pushkaram Festival
    1.It is an annual festival celebrated at shrines along the banks of South Indian rivers only.
    2.Mahapushkaram occurs only once in 500 years.
    Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : Neither 1 nor 2

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