पुष्करम मेळा

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पुष्करम्‌ मेळा दर बारा वेगवेगळ्या नद्यांच्या काठी भरणारा स्नान महात्म्य असलेला उत्तर भारतातील कुंभमेळ्या प्रमाणे दक्षीण भारतातील लोकप्रिय मेळा होय. चंद्रराशीत गुरू ज्या नदीच्या राशीगृही असेल तेथे हा मेळा होतो

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ह्या लेखाचा/विभागाचा इंग्रजी किंवा अमराठी भाषेतून मराठी भाषेत भाषांतर करावयाचे बाकी आहे. अनुवाद करण्यास आपलाही सहयोग हवा आहे. ऑनलाईन शब्दकोश आणि इतर सहाय्या करिता भाषांतर प्रकल्पास भेट द्या.

Pushkaram is a festival in India which occurs in any particular year with respect to one of twelve important rivers; the river for each year's festival is based on which zodiacal sign Jupiter is in at that time. The table to the right shows the association between rivers and signs.

River Sign
Ganges Aries
Narmada Taurus
Saraswati Gemini
Yamuna Cancer
Godavari Leo
Krishna Virgo
Kaveri Libra
Bhima River or Tambaraparni Scorpio
Brahmaputra Sagittarius
Tungabhadra Capricorn
Indus Aquarius
Pranahita(tributary of Godavari) Pisces

The Pushkaram for each river come once every twelve years and lasts so long as the Jupiter remains in the corresponding Zodiac sign (generally, for one year). The first twelve days of Pushkaram are known as Adi Pushkaram, and the last twelve days are called Anthya Pushkaram. It is believed that during the above period of twenty-four days, "Pushkar" the person, who is imbued with the power to make any river holy, will travel with Jupiter as Jupiter moves from one Zodiac house to another. In Tamil Nadu, Pushkaram is celebrated in Tamraparni River when Jupiter is in Scorpio. In the four places where River Tamraparni flows from south to north, Banathirtham, Papanasam, Thirupudaimaruthur and sinthupoondurai, the festival is celebrated in accordance with tradition. The Tamraparni temple at Suthamalli is also a place of religious celebration during the Pushkaram year.