Rajahmundry: Contrary to the July 14 date announced for commencement of the Godavari Pushkaralu, almanac writer and scholar Mahamahopadyaya Madhura Krishna Murthy Sastry commenced the event at Pushkar ghat in Rajahmundry, along with his followers, at 8.27 am on Sunday.
Following his almanac calendar, others such as Andhra Kesari Yuvajana Samithi founder Y.S. Narasimha Rao, former MLA Rowthu Surya Prakasa Rao and others took a holy dip in various ghats in the Godavari.
According to the Mahamahopadyaya’s calculations, the Pushkaralu began on Sunday and would end on July 9. However, according to the government calculations and the Drikh Siddantha almanac writers, the Pushkaralu would commence on July 14. But Mr Sastry and his sons have condemned the government-announced dates.
“When Prime Minister Nehru formed a committee to prepare an almanac for India, the then secretary of the committee N.C. Lahari decided the calendar unilaterally without hearing arguments of the other writers,” he said.
Madhura Pala Sanakara Sarma, almanac writer and son of Mr Sastry, said many almanac writers are making miscalculations. He challenged the almanac writers and the governments that he would give Rs 6 lakh if his calculations were proved wrong....
Location: Andhra Pradesh