Krishna Pushkaralu Begins in Telangana state across Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar Districts. Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao took a holy dip at the Pushkar ghat in Gondimalla.
Krishna Pushkaralu began in Telangana on Friday morning with people taking holy dips at several pushkar ghats constructed in the districts of Mahbubnagar and Nalgonda districts along river Krishna.
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhara Rao, accompanied by his family members and a couple of his Cabinet Ministers, took a holy dip at the Pushkar ghat in Gondimalla of Mahbubnagar district around 5.58 a.m., formally marking beginning of Pushkaralu. As priests chanted Vedic hymns, Mr. Rao and others entered the river and performed the ‘puja’.
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They offered Harathi and prayers. The CM was at the ghat for over 30 minutes and on completion of the prayers headed to Haritha guest house in Alampur and then to Jogulamba Temple. He was welcomed by the temple authorities.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Endowments Minister A.Indrakaran Reddy, Health Minister Laxma Reddy, Panchayat Raj Minister Jupally Laxma Reddy and Mahabubnagar Collector Sreedevi. Mr. Rao had arrived at Alampur on Thursday evening and stayed back for the night at the guest house to take the holy dip early on Friday.
The sacred event kicked off with religious fervour all along the 82 Pushkar ghats in the two districts with devotees taking the holy dip. There was rush at all the major ghats such as Beechupally, Somasila, Mattampalli, Wadapalli and Nagarjunasagar.
Speaking after offering prayers at Jogulamba temple, the Chief Minister said that the said temple was fifth among the 18 Shaktipeethas. The Chief Minister said in the united Andhra Pradesh, temples in Telangana were neglected and not much was known about the historical temples.
“I personally told the priests that a pushkar ghat should be constructed at Gondimalla only. It is a rare opportunity for us to have taken a holy dip at this place and offering prayers at Jogulamba temple. The local MLA Sampath Kumar wants the Archaeological Department to recognise the Alampur temple premises as heritage structure,” he said.
He promised to speak to the Union Ministers and if necessary with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to develop Alampur temple complex.
In Nalgonda district, Minister Jagadishwar Reddy took the holy dip at the Pushkar Ghat in Wadapally. Elaborate arrangements are in place in all the Pushkar Ghat with round the clock security and surveillance with 15,000 police personnel drafted for duties. TSRTC has also pressed into service over 2,500 buses while the South Central Railway is running Pushkar Specials to different places