HYDERABAD: Tunghabadra Pusharalu starts both in AP and Telangana from today, November 20 with different set of instructions for people visiting pushkar ghats both in Telangana and AP. The Puskharalu generally means a festival of rivers which occurs once in 12 years, when Jupiter enters into Makara Rashi In Tungabhadra river.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy inaugurated the Pushkaralu festival at 1.21 p.m. on Friday (November 20) in Kurnool district. The Tungabhadra pushkaralu festival would be celebrated From November 20 to December 1.
Devotees were not allowed to take holy dip in the Pushkar ghats this time due to coronavirus, however a row of showers were arranged for the devotees. Meanwhile people can visit the Pushkar ghats from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In Andhra Pradesh there were a total of 23 pushkar ghats available, seven were in Kurnool, eight in Mantralayam, five in Kodumur, two in Yemmiganur and one in Nandikotkur. AP government has allotted 350 priests and 4,000 for the Tungabhadra Pushkaralu.
Telangana Tungabhadra Pushkaralu 2020:
Meanwhile Telangana government had earlier thought to avoid celebrating Pushkaralu this year but due to pressure from religious institutions and people now the state government had decided to hold Tungabhadra Pushkaralu. But the pushkar ghats will be open from 6 am to 5 pm.
The river Tungabhadra is a tributary of the Krishna river which originates from Karnataka. Krishna river has two outlets as rivers which are Tunga and Bhadra and the place where they meet is named as Tungabhadra. Tungabhadra river flows into Telangana from Gadwal and passes through the famous Shakti Peeth Jogulamba temple and joins Krishna river at Gondimalla near Alampur.
In Telangana children under 10, pregnant women and those over 65 were not allowed to pushkar ghats, officials said. In Telangana there is a Pushkar ghat in Alampur.
Everyone who wishes to attend Pushkar ghats must get tested and certified negative for coronavirus. Devotees who do not bring a corona test report must have to undergo thermal temperature screening if they are diagnosed with no fever symptoms then they will be allowed into pushkar ghats.