Vijayawada: Maharshi Bhaghiratha Jayanti was celebrated in a grand manner at Tummalapalli Kshetraiah Kalakshetram here on Monday. The state government organised the Maharshi’s jayanti as a state festival.
On the occasion, a large number of people took part in a procession in the city. The officials paid floral tributes to the portrait of the great king Bhagiratha, belonging to the Ikshwaku dynasty.
Addressing the gathering, Backward Caste Welfare secretary B. Udayalakshmi B. Udaya Lakshmi said that the student community should draw inspiration from Bhagiratha and tread the path of success.
She said that Bhagiratha Jayanti would be celebrated as a festival across all the 13 districts in the state.
According to the Puranas, River Ganges, personified as river Goddess Ganga, has been brought to Planet Earth from heavens due to the arduous efforts of Bhagiratha.
She said that Bhagiratha prayed for the peace of the departed souls of the Sagara family members about 60,000 years ago and following directions of his gurus, he brought the Ganges to earth.
Krishna district collector MD Imtiaz said, “It is a happy moment that the entire state is celebrating Bhagiratha Jayanthi. Bhagiratha, the name itself indicates the untiring efforts. Everyone should try their best to reduce pollution by cutting down on the use of plastic.”
BC welfare department director B. Rama Rao presided over the meeting and said that the state government developed several welfare schemes for Sagara Community, known as Uppara these days. Sagara AP cooperative financial corporation managing director B. Nagabhusanam, Vsiwabrahmin Corpora-tion MD Krishna Mohan, BC welfare department officers Bhargavi, Yugandhar, Pentoji and students from several colleges were present....