Godavari pushkaram is a festival of River Godavari which occurs once in 12 years. The pushkaram festival last held in the year 2003. This year Pushkarams is Called Maha kumbhamela. Maha kumbhamela occurs once in 144 years. The first 12 days of Godavari pushkaram are called Aadhi pushkaram and the last 12 days of Godavari pushkaram is called Anthya pushkaram. These 24 days are very pious to devotees, as pushkaradu travels during these days.
During Godavari pushkaram pilgrims from all over the country will have a holy dip with the belief that they would be relieved from all sins, and perform rituals to departed souls.It is believed that during pushkaram all deities and rishies take holy dip, a holy dip in Godavari which will enhance one's spiritual,mental and physical abilities. 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 by that time. The pushkaram lasts for a period as long as the Jupiter remains in that particular Zodiac sign It is believed that Pushkarudu, also known as pushkar God who is powerful to make any river holy will travel with Jupiter, as Jupiter travels from one Zodiac sign to another Zodiac sign.
The significance of Godavari; The Godavari is the second longest river (1465 kms) in India and flows into the Bay of Bengal via the states of Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It has one of the largest river basins in India. Godavari originates in Triambakeshwar and flows through Nashik, Kopargaon, Puntamba, Paithan, Gangakhed, Nanded and Sironcha in Maharashtra state. Godavari flows through Basara, Nirmal, Tadpakal, Battapur, Goodem gutta, Dharmapuri, Kaleshwaram, Manthani, Mancherial, Adilabad, Godavarikhani, Eturunagaram, Bhadrachalam and Mahadevpur in Telangana State. In Andhra Pradesh, Godavari River flows through Rajahmundry, Kovvur, Dhavaleswaram, Ravulapalem, Kotipalli, Tallapudi, Narsapur and Antarvedi before joining the sea at the Bay of Bengal. The 'Godavari Pushkaralu' will be held from July 14 to 25, 2015. The main Pushkaralu ghats will be located at Basar in Adilabad, Dharmapuri and Vemulawada in Karimnagar and Bhadrachalam in Khammam, making a total of 67 Pushkaralu Ghats. Sacred Sites on Godavari during Pushkaralu: Basar in Adilabad district, Telangana. Bhadrachalam in Khammam district will be the main site and Centre for Governance of Telangana celebrations. Dharmapuri, Kaleshwaram - Triveni sangamam of rivers Godavari and Pranahita, Konaseema - Nanded - Nashik -Paithan - Pattiseema – Rajahmundry.
Godavari Pushkar Ghats in Telangana state
Godavari Pushkar Ghats in Warangal District
Mallakatta (V), Etunagaram(M)
Ramannagudem (V), Etunagaram(M)
Mangapet (V), Mangapet(M)
District Godavari Pushkar Ghats Khammam District
Vista Complex at Bhadrachalam (V&M)
Bhadrachalam (V&M) Ramaghat at Parnashala (V), Dummugudem (M) Seethaghat at Parnashala (V), Dummugudem (M)
Near Anjaneyaswamy temple at Ramachandrapuram (V), Venkatapuram (M)
RHS of Godavari river at Shivalayam, Chinnarayigudemm, Manuguru Mandal
Godavari Pushkar Ghats in Adilabad District
Basar (V), Mudhole(M)
Wastatur (V), Lokeshwaram (M)
Soan (V), Nirmal (M)
Chinthaguda (V) Jannaram(M)
Seetharampally & Mulkala (V), Mancherial (M)
Luxettipet (V), Luxettipet (M)
Gudem (V), Dandepally (M)
Vellala (V), Jaipur (M)
Chennur (V), Chennur (M)
Chinthalachanda (V), Laxmanchanda (M)
Hanman Temple, Peechara(V), Laxmanchanda (M)
Sangvi (V), Dilwarpur (M)
Nagulamma Temple Ponkal (V), Mamda (M)
Dwaraka (V), Dandepally (M)
Timbareni (V), Dilwarpur (M)
Bridge in Kamalkot (V), Manda (M)
Asta (V), Mudhole (M)
Kawtha (V), Mudhole (M)
Swarwagaon (V), Mudhole (M)
Godavari Pushkar Ghats in Karimnagar District
Dharmapuri (V) & (M)
Main Ghat at Santhoshimata Temple Dharmapuri (V) & (M)
Main Ghat Mangatigadda Somavihar ghat No. 2 Dharmapuri (V) & (M)
Mahalaxmi temple Dharmapuri (V) & (M)
Thimmapur (V) Dharmapuri (M)
Kaleshwaram (V) & Mahadevpur (M)
Kotilingala (V) & Velgatoor(M)
Manthani (V) & (M)
Eardhandi (V), Ibrahimpatnam (M)
Ramalayam at Walgonda (V), Mallapur (M)
Hanuman Temple at Walgonda (V), Mallapur (M)
Hanuman Temple at Gangamma Temple (Front side) at Vempally Venkatraopet (V), Mallapur (M)
Ramalayam Bornapally (V), Raikal (M)
Kammunur (V), Sarangapur (M) Vemulakurthy (V) Ibrahimpatnam (M)
Komatikondapur (V) Ibrahimpatnam
Fakirkondapur (V), Ibrahimpatnam (M)
Mularampur (V), Ibrahimpatnam (M)
Komatikondapur(V) Ibrahimpatnam (M)
Ratnalamadugu Vemulakurthi , Yamapur(V), Ibrahimpatnam (M)
Mogilipet (V), Mallapur(M)
Kotha Dhamrajpally (V), Mallapur (M)
Patha Dhamrajpally (V), Mallapur (M)
Godavari Pushkar Ghats in Nizamabad District
Sri.Shivalayam temple (Thriveni Sangamam), Kandakurthy (V), Renjal (M)
Hanuman temple, Kosli(V), Navipet (M)
Sri.Shivalayam and Hanuman temple, Thadbiloli (V), Renjal (M),
Sri. Gouthameshwara Swami temple, Binola (V), Navipet (M)
Sri. Hanuman temple, Tungini(V), Navipet (M)
Tadpakal (V), Morthad (M)
Ummeda (V), Nandipet (M)
SRSP Camp colony, Pochampadu (V), Balkonda (M)
PattisemaPattiseema is a village in Polavaram mandal of West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is located on the bank of the River Godavari.
Kovvur is preferred as retired persons' paradise as many retired persons prefer to settle in this as it hosts the ever-pleasant Godavari Ghat.
Rajahmundry earlier called as Rajamahendravaram. It is a historical city, the city is also known as the Cultural Capital of Andhra Pradesh.
Dhavaleshwaram is part of Rajahmundry urban agglomeration. Sir Arthur Cotton built a barrage across the Godavari in Dhavaleshwaram.
Narsapur was also known as "Nrusimhapuri". Which indicates Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy,and this town named after the Lord Narasimha Swamy.
Antarvedi located opposite Vasishta Godavari, and it is said that Antarvedi is "the second Varanasi by the grace of the Lord".