The Brahmaputra Pushkar Mela 2019 got underway on the banks of Brahmaputra in Guwahati on November 5th, 2019. Pushkaram is being organised for the first time in Assam by the Chennai-based Mahalakshmi Charitable Trust in association with Purva Tirupathi Sri Balaji Seva Samithi, Guwahati.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the Brahmaputra Pushkar and Sanskritik Mahotsav. BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav performed puja on the occasion.
“The great river has nourished us from time immemorial. Prayed for peace and progress of all,” tweeted Sonowal. The Mela will be concluded on November 16th, 2019. Pushkaram is a festival dedicated to worshipping of rivers.
It is celebrated at shrines along the banks of 12 major sacred rivers in India, in the form of ancestor worship, spiritual discourses, devotional music and cultural programmes.
Around 2 lakh people are expected to visit the festival. As per information available, over 100 priests from South Indian states will conduct the puja. The Assam government will boost the tourism sector during the festival.
The newly launched electric buses will ferry visitors to the mela, ATDC chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah told newsmen. The mela will be conducted in the ghats starting from Bharalumukh to Fancy Bazaar.
The Pushkaram festival is organised annually, once in 12 years along each river. Each river is associated with a zodiac sign. The river for each year’s festival is based on which sign Jupiter is in at the time. Some of the zodiac signs are associated with multiple rivers due to regional variations.