Importance of Pushkaram – Translation of the above article
In India, Pushkaram is being celebrated as a big festival. A Purana story is also narrated regarding this.
Guru Bhagavan, one of the Navagrahas (nine planets), undertook a hard penance towards Lord Brahma. Pleased by his penance, Brahma appeared before him. He asked Guru Bhagavan, “What do you want?” Replying His query, Guru Bhagavan answered, “I want only your Pushkaram”. As per his wish, Brahma agreed to offer His Pushkaram to Guru Bhagavan. But Pushkaram refused to part with Brahma and go to Guru Bhagavan. Feeling embarrassed by this, Brahma made a Truce of Peace between Pushakaram and Guru Bhagavan. According to it, Pushkaram, when in Mesha Rasi (in the river Ganga), in Rishabha Rasi (in the river Narmada), in Mithuna Rasi (in Saraswathi river), in Kataka Rasi (in the river Yamuna), in Simha Rasi (in Godavari), in Kanni Rasi ( in Krishna river), in Thula Rasi (in the river Cauvery), in Vrischiga Rasi (in Tamirabarani in the south and in Beema river in the north), during Dhanusu Rasi (in Sindhu river), In Makhara Rasi (in Thungabatra river), in Kumbha Rasi ( in Brahma river) and in Meena Rasi ( in Praneetha river) as and when Guru Bhagavan undertakes a Peyarchi (move) to a particular Rasi, the Pushkaram will also stay there during that time. An agreement was made that at this time, Muppathu Mukkodi Devas including Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Indra will come and reside in that particular river.
It is believed that to take a holy dip in the twelve rivers mentioned above during the time of Guru Bhagavan entering the particular Rasi is equivalent to taking bath in all the holy rivers of India.
As Guru Bhagavan is entering Vrischiga Rasi on the forthcoming October 12, 2018, Pushkaram is being celebrated in the River Tamirabarani in the south. Also, the Tamirabarani Pushkaram that is going to be celebrated this year is the Tamirabarani Maha Pushkaram which happens once in One hundred and forty four years.
This Tamirabarani Maha Pushkaram is being celebrated this year beginning from 2018 October 12, till 23 October 2018.