From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Pushkaram
Mains level : Significance of the festival
- Guwahati is marking the inauguration of the 12-day Brahmaputra Pushkar and Sanskritik Mahotsav.
- Devotees from Tamil Nadu will perform the rituals at the banks of Brahmaputra river.
- Pushkaram is an Indian festival dedicated to worshiping of rivers.
- It is also known as Pushkaralu (in Telugu), Pushkara (in Kannada) or Pushkar.
- It is celebrated at shrines along the banks of 12 major sacred rivers in India, in the form of ancestor worship, spiritual discourses, devotional music and cultural programmes.
- The celebration happens annually, once in 12 years along each river.
- Each river is associated with a zodiac sign, and the river for each year’s festival is based on which sign Jupiter is in at the time.
Significance of the festival
- The transit of Jupiter in 2018 was marked by the entry of Pushkaram in the river Tamiraparani on October 12 last year.
- The planets were in a unique constellation, the phenomenon occurring after 144 years.
- This year, the transit of Jupiter will signal the movement of Pushkaram from Tamiraparani to the Brahmaputra.
- The end-phase will be celebrated for three days at Kurukkuturai and the waters taken to Guwahati, where it will be consigned to the Brahmaputra.