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‘Godavari Antya’ pushkaralu a low-key affair this time?

The Godavari is the only river in the country where ‘aadi’ and ‘antya’ (starting and ending) pushkaralu are conducted and people who have not taken a holy dip or done rituals to their elders during the ‘aadi’ (starting) pushkaralu can have the same during the ‘antya pushkaralu’ and perform rituals.
Though only six days are left from now, the State government is not taking any interest in conducting the ‘antya’ pushkaralu which is scheduled from July 31 to August 12. It seems the government is silent due to the last year’s stampede on the first day of the Godavari Pushkaralu which claimed 29 lives.
Keeping this in view, the government may decide not to give much publicity to it. “Why should we take risk when the people slowly started forgetting the stampede incident? Generally, ‘antya’ pushkaralu means people from neighbouring states like Orissa and Bengal will come and take a holy dip and perform rituals,” comments a senior police officer.
As per astrology, the first 12 days of Jupiter entering into Leo is treated as ‘aadi’ pushkaralu and Jupiter entering Virgo is called ‘antya’ pushkaralu.
“Both days, as per the Hindu mythology and astronomy, are most important. That is why ‘aadi’ and ‘antya’ pushkaralu are important and only the river Godavari is having both,” says Sannidhanam Sastry, senior editor of Sri Sannidhanam , spiritual magazine.
According to N.V. Ramana, corporator, the municipal corporation as well as the district administration, conducted ‘antya’ pushkaralu in 2004 in a big way and gave huge publicity. But, this time the government is afraid of giving due publicity to it.
No funds
On the other hand, neither the Municipal Corporation of Rajamahendravaram nor the East Godavari district administration got funds from the government to spend on ‘antya’ Pushkaralu.
The urban police have geared up for the event in advance and drawn forces from neighbouring districts. About 3,000 police personnel are expected to be deployed at various ghats under the supervision of Urban SP B. Rajakumari.


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