Godavari Pushkaralu: Karimnagar tops list with 2.03 crore taking dip

Out of Rs 600cr spent on Pushkaralu Rs 122cr was granted to the district
Karimnagar: Karimnagar district created a record of sorts by topping Telangana state and registering the maximum number of devotees than all other districts for Godavari Maha Pushkaralu that concluded on Saturday.
This can be attributed to the ancient temples located on the banks of Godavari in the district. According to information provided by district authorities, the district remained in the top position with 2.03 crore pilgrims followed by Nizamabad district which recorded about 1.8 crore devotees.
The district houses many prominent shrines of Telangana. The ancient Sri Kaleshwara- Muktheshwara Swamy temple of Kaleshwaram, Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy abode in Dharmapuri, Manthaniâ’s Gouthameshwarayalam are situated right on the banks of Godavari river, believed to have originated on the land on which Goutam Maharshi had walked many centuries ago. This spiritual significance brought much importance to the district.
Meanwhile, the district became the epicentre of Pushkaralu as Telangana Chief Minister announced that he would take a holy dip in Dharmapuri when he was addressing a public meeting during the hustings. Out of Rs 600 crore allocated for organising the maiden mega event, a major chunk of funds Rs 122 crore was granted to the district, indicating its prominence at the time of Pushkaralu.
Among many venues, both Dharmapuri and Kaleshwaram were the major destinations for devotees recording the maximum number of participants of the river fete.
About 75 lakh pilgrims had a holy dip at ghats erected near Dharmapuri town. Nearly, 60 lakh devotees took part in the Pushkaralu held at the confluence of Godavari, Pranahita and Saraswati rivers near Kaleshwaram village of Mahadevapur mandal. The remaining venues including Manthani, Godavarikhani and Kotilingala, Erdandi, Valgonda and Bornapalli, etc accounted for around 70 lakh devotees.
( Source : deccan chronicle )
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