Pushkaram is a major Hindu spiritual event happening once in every 12 years at each of the 12 major rivers in India. Pushakram festival takes place when Jupiter enters certain signs of the Zodiac. It is similar to the famous Kumbh Mela held in North India. Tungabhadra Pushkaram happens once in 12 years when the Brihaspathi (Jupiter) enters Makara Rasi (Capricorn). The 12-day Tungabhadra Pushkarams begins on December 10, 2008. The main ritual during the period involves taking a dip in the TungabhadraRiver. It is popularly believed that snana (bath), dana (charity), japa (recitation), archana (worship) and dhyana (meditation) performed during Pushkaram will help a person attain Moksha. Thousands of pilgrims take holy dip along the course of TungabhadraRiver at Mantralayam and other places in Kurnool and Mahboobnagar districts. Cultural and spiritual programs are a major event during the period.