Tungabhadra Pushkarams 2020 – Special Buses for Tungabhadra Pushkarams by APSRTC
On the occasion of Tungabhadra Pushkaralu 2020, APSRTC (Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation) announced the operation of special buses starting from 20th November 2020. Tungabhadra Pushkarams is an Indian festival dedicated to rivers and occurs every twelve years.
Special Buses for Tungabhadra Pushkaralu by APSRTC
As per resources, the Deputy Chief Traffic manager of Vishakhapatnam Dwarka bus station, K Venkat Rao informed that this year APSRTC has deployed four buses from Vishakhapatnam and Kurnool. These special buses will cover all stations en route. K Venkat Rao further added that there is a special arrangement for group travelers as well. The deployed buses will provide non-stop services.
In conversation with RTC-Srikakulam Divisional Manager – G Varalakshmi, it has been found out that till now ten passengers have asked for RTC services for traveling to Tungabhadra Pushkarams. Authorities of RTC-Srikakulam will coordinate with RTC Visakhapatnam to make travel arrangements for these passengers.
Tunghabadru Pushkaralu is a 12-day festival and this year it would be celebrated from 20th November to 1st December. Due to Coronavirus, this year e-pass have been made compulsory for devotees willing to participate in the festival. Through the e-pass, ghat number will be allotted to devotees in order to manage crowd. It has been made compulsory for devotees to follow Covid-19 guidelines such as wearing masks, carry sanitizer and maintain social distance. Also, children below age 12 years and elders above age 50 years are not allowed to participate in the Pushkaralu. It has been notified by officials that pushkar ghats will be constructed and a new ghat will be established at Mantralayam for VIPs.
Last week, Tungabhadra Pushkarams had been inaugurated by the Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. State officials informed that special teams have been formed to monitor the e-ticket booking. For the convenience of the devotees, the name of ghat would be provided with the respective e-tickets where the devotees would be able to perform the rituals.
Tungabhadra river is of extreme significance in the Hindu religion. Dedicated to the holy rivers and celebrating the prominence of rivers, Pushkaralu is marked every 12 years. It is to be noted that this festival is called Pushkar in the North region and Pushkaru or Pushkaralu in the Telugu language. Tungabhadra Pushkaralu is a 12-day festival and celebrated when Jupiter enters Capricorn. As Capricorn (Makar Rashi) is associated with rivers, this day is considered an auspicious day. It is believed that by taking a dip in holy water and performing rituals on this day, one can get relieved of one’s wrongdoings.