The Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao took holy dip at Gondimalla Pushkar Ghat near Alampur in Mahabubnagar District as Krishna Pushkaralu 2016 began on a festive and traditional note. The vedic pundits set the auspicious time for launching holy Krishna Pushkarlu at 5.58 am to 6.30 am on Aug 12. While Chandrababu Naidu had holy dip at Durga ghat in Vijayawada. Thousands took holy dip in the river Krishna in the two Telugu States and offered prayers in temples located along the banks of the river.
KCR Family Holy dip in Krishna river at Gondimalla Pushkar Ghat
The presiding deities of Alampur were bathed as per Vedic and Agama traditions in the Krishna River and Swamiji’s and Seers from different Peethams took the turn next.
A very significant spiritual event, Pushkaralu come once in 12 years for each of 12 rivers. The Krishna Pushkaralu will continue till 23 August.
Speaking to the media later, KCR said his predecessors did not develop temples in Telangana region and created an impression that Godavari pushkaralu means at Rajahmundry and Krishna pushkalu at Vijayawada. KCR visited Jogulamba temple in Alampur and performed special puja to the goddess. He also visited Balabrahmeshwar Swami. He said Jogulamba temple in Alampur would be developed in consultation with Archaeological department. KCR launched stamps at meeting.
It was curious to note that while Congress Youth Congress leader and Alampur MLA Sampat Kumar was seen sitting beside Chief Minister KCR, Endowments Minister A. Indrakaran Reddy and other TRS MLAs were sitting some distance away.
Official website & Help line centers are being made available for the devotees to find routes, means of transport like buses, rail and facilities. They can call phone numbers 040-24755522, 24750102 and Cell numbers 7794014301 and 77904014302.
TSRTC Special buses:
For the 12-day festival, Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) is plying 1,365 special buses from various parts of the state to the bathing ghats for transporting pilgrims. The South Central Railway is operating 655 special trains for the convenience of the devotees in the two States.