Minister for Endowment A. Indrakaran Reddy has instructed authorities to complete Godavari Pushkaralu works before June 15, to avoid any last minute confusion before the arrival of monsoon.
The Minister visited the ancient and historic Kaleshwaram temple shrine in Mahadevpur mandal on Sunday. The Minister, along with Manthani legislator Putta Madhukar, inspected the Pushkar ghats. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the government was spending Rs. 500 crore to ensure that the Godavari Pushkaralu was conducted on a grand scale.
Usually Godavari ‘Pushkaralu’ were held at the ancient and historic temple shrines of Dharmapuri, Kaleshwaram,Koti Lingala and Manthani in Karimnagar district, but, this time, the district administration had decided to conduct pushkaralu all along the shores of Godavari in Karimnagar district for the benefit of devotees. The Godavari Pushkaralu would be held from July 14 to 27 this year.
Accordingly, the authorities have prepared plans for the construction of bathing ghats and provision of other facilities such as laying of roads on the river shores etc. Following demand from the Godavarikhani coal belt region, the authorities were also examining the construction of bathing ghats on the shores of river Godavari at Ramagundam mandal for the benefit of coal miners in the region.
The authorities have also prepared an action plan for the Pushkaralu arrangements at a cost of Rs 77.77 crore.
Officials said that the decision to construct the bathing ghats all along the shores of river Godavari was taken to ease the congestion at the temple shrines.
“During Pushkaralu, the pilgrims take holy dip in the river and perform the ‘shradha’ rituals and other offerings and leave the place. Instead of allowing all pilgrims at one particular place temple shrine, we are planning to ease the congestion at the temple shrine by allowing the pilgrims to take holy dip in the river at various places in the district,” they added.