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Pushkaram in 2020 – Tungabhadra Pushkaralu in 2020

Tungabhadra Pushkaram is held once in 12 years and is conducted in Tungabhadra banks in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Tungabhadra Pushkaralu 2020 dates are from November 20 to December 1, 2020. This pushkaram is held when Jupiter enters Makara Rasi (Capricorn). The main ritual includes taking holy dip in the Tungabhadra River in various places.

Tungabhadra Pushkaralu Time Period

Starts at afternoon at 1:15 PM of November 20 and ends on December 1, 2020.

The most important place to take bath are Hampi and Bellary in Karnataka, Mantralayam in Andhra Pradesh, Alampur in Telangana and Sangameswaram in Kurnool District in Andhra Pradesh. 

A Pushkaram takes place once in 12 years when Jupitar (Brihaspati) enters a particular zodiac.

There are total of 12 rivers where Pushkaram takes place. The most famous is the Godavari Pushkaram.

The ritual of pushkaram is more popular in parts of Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

What do Hindus do during Tungabhadra Pushkaram?

  • During Tungabhadra Pushkaram, Hindus take holy dip in Tungabhadra River at the auspicious time decided by Mutt heads, temple priests and panchangs.
  • It is believed that the holy dip helps in sin redemption, curing of diseases and moksha or liberation.
  • People also perform Shraddha, Tarpan and Daanam.

Holiness of Tungabhadra River

  • In the Ramayana, Tungabhadra River is known as Pampa. 

  • Tungabhadra River is formed by the confluence of the Tunga River and the Bhadra River at Koodali. Both Tunga and Bhadra rivers have the same source Gangamoola but they flow separately for some distance and then they later unite with each other at Koodali village.

  • Numerous Hindu temples and sacred spots are located on the banks of the river.

  • The confluence of Tungabhadra and Krishna Rivers are known as Sangameswaram.