Andhra Pradesh Government invites FCC’s Foreign Correspondent Members

to cover Krishna Pushkaralu, the southern equivalent of the Maha Kumbh in North India

On 18 August 2016

Dear colleagues,

Chandrababu Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has extended an invitation to the FCC’s Foreign Correspondent Members (reporters, photographers and tv crews working for the foreign media only) to Vijayawada to cover the once-in-12-years event Krishna Pushkaralu, to be attended by 20 million devotees, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Departure from New Delhi to Vijayawada is on August 18 by Air India flight at 6.20am. Return is on August 19 by AI flight at 9.20am. The AP Government will arrange for flights, hotel accommodation in Vijayawada and local transportation with a guide to visit the ghats, where devotees will take a holy dip in the Krishna River.

Interested FC Category Members may immediately contact Mr K Srinivasa Rao, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to AP CM in New Delhi, to register themselves for the all-expenses-paid trip.

His contact details are:
+91 70933 22540

Pushkaram is an Indian festival dedicated to worshipping of rivers. It is also known as Pushkaralu in Telugu. In Telugu-speaking states, Pushkaralu is celebrated across Godavari, Krishna, Pranhita, and Penna rivers.

Krishna Pushkaralu is a festival of River Krishna, which normally occurs once in 12 years. The Pushkaralu is observed for a period of 12 days from the time of entry of Jupiter into Virgo.

Vijayawada is located on the banks of the Krishna River. Vijayawada is famous for Krishna Pushkaralu. The Krishna Pushkaralu are being held for 12 days (August 12- 23). Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Vijayawada on August 12 to attend the inaugural event. During the celebrations, an estimated 20 million devotees will take a dip in the sacred Krishna River to wash away their sins.

Legend says Lord Shiva granted a boon to a Brahmin who worshipped him. The Brahmin was blessed with the power to purify the holy rivers, and came to be known as Pushkar (the one who nourishes). While traveling from one zodiac sign to another, Jupiter requested Pushkar to make India’s 12 sacred rivers holy. Various pujas and rituals are performed during the Pushkaralu. The festival lasts as long as Jupiter remains in the corresponding zodiac sign. Major crowds will throng during the first 12 days.

The Krishna river is India’s fourth largest river. The 1,300km-long river originates from Mahabaleswar in Maharashtra and flows through Telangana and Karnata states and exits into the Bay of Bengal at Hamsaladeevi (Andhra Pradesh).

S Venkat Narayan

President, FCC