Tungabhadra Pushkaralu | UPSC

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Tungabhadra Pushkaralu Held Recently .

About Tungabhadra Pushkaralu Festival : 

  • The Tungabhadra Pushkaralu is a 12-day festival held in honour of the Tungabhadra river.
  • It is celebrated when Jupiter enters Capricorn (Makar rashi). 
  • Its significance is very high as the once in 12-year event is considered auspicious and a dip in the holy river is believed to get rid of one’s sins.
  • Pushkaralu or Pushkaram is a religious festival dedicated to the worship of 12 major rivers that flow across the country.
  • The places on the banks of the Tungabhadra River where pilgrims visit famous temples are in the Alampur, Jogulamba Gadwal district of Telangana and Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh. The notable places are Hospet, Hampi, Kampli, Mantralayam, Kurnool, Alampur

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Duration :

  • 12 Days 

River : 

  • Tungabhadra river

Tungabhadra River :

  • The ancient name of the river was Pampa
  • The Tungabhadra river is formed by the confluence of two rivers, the Tunga River and the Bhadra River, which flow down the eastern slope of the Western Ghats in the state of Karnataka
  • From there, Tungabhadra meanders through the plains to a distance of 531 km and mingles with the Krishna at Gondimalla, near the famous Alampur Jn in Mahaboobnagar District of Andhra Pradesh.
  • The wedge of land that lies north of the Tungabhadra River, between the Tungabhadra and the Krishna, is known as the Raichur Doab.
  • Tungabhadra River is a tributary of the Krishna River

Main Tributaries :

  • Varada
  • Hagari
  • Handri 

The Krishna River : 

  • The Krishna river is the second largest east-flowing river of Peninsular India.
  • Source of origin of the Krishna river: It rises from a water spring near Mahabaleshwar located in the Sahyadri hills region of the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra.
  • Confluence or mouth of the Krishna river: It drains into the West Bengal before forming a delta near Hamasaladeevi in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
  • The Krishna basin is surrounded by the Godavari basin on the north and the Eastern Ghats on the south and east and the Western Ghats on the west. The Krishna basin is roughly triangular in shape.

Major Tributaries of the Krishna river:

  • The Tungabhadra River
  • The Bhima River
  • The Koyna River
  • The Verna River
  • The Panchganga River
  • The Ghataprabha River
  • The Malprabha River
  • The Dudhganga River
  • The Musi River

Source – The Hindu 


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