Vijayawada: VIPs, including politicians and film personalities, may select the upstream areas of Prakasam barrage for a holy bath and Pushkaralu rituals. Especially, the ghats of Muktyala, Vedadri, Amaravati, Krishna-Godavari confluence location at Ibrahimpatnam and Durga ghats will be the centres of the attraction though several important pilgrimage locations are there downstream Prakasam barrage.
But, all the VIPs may not select these areas as they will have only two water channels in the river with low water flow for a holy bath. As per reports, the state government has invited several VIPs, officials and film personalities. Some of them are interested to participate on the auspicious occasion. The ghats of Vedadri and Muktyala, the two holy places, are entrance points to Kris-hna district in Krishna river.
Film hero Rajanikant took a bath in the last Krishna Pushkaralu at Muktyala ghat. He selected the location as he has contacts with the owners of KCP Cements, as it is their native village. On the other hand, several bigwigs of the BJP and VHP are in touch with BJP MP Gokaraju Ganga Raju who has a spacious guest house and huge chunks of lands onnthe banks of Krishna river near Prakasam barrage.
They will be provided holy bath at his guest house. Besides, the officials are making arrangements to provide special ghat for Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and his family members and relatives near his residence in Seethanagaram. Some of them are enquiring about accommodation at Amaravati as it is a holy place and now, once again it has come to limelight after AP’s capital city was named after it.
V. Rami Reddy, an employee from Hyderabad, said that he prefers to participate in Pushkaralu ritual in Amaravati. It seems that the temple of Amaralingeswara Swami will also get huge devotees crowd during the Krishna Pushkaralu. On other hand, the downstream areas of Prakasam barrage may not witness VIPs crowd except the local leaders and legislators. Actually, the downstream areas have several important temples like Srikakulam, Mopidevi, Hamasaladeevi and some other locations.
But the officials made plans to release water into two channels on both sides of the river. Hence, the VIPS may select the upstream areas of Prakasam barrage. However, the state government has also plans to showcase the Krishna-Godavari confluence location ay Ibrahimpatnam as the government’s achievement and wants to invite several VIPs for displaying it....