In News: Addressing countrymen in his monthly broadcast 'Mann-Ki-Baat' Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that not many people in the country know about the Brahmaputra Pushkar festival which is also known as Pushkaram, Pushkaraalu, and Pushkaraha.
- It is held between 4 and 16 November, and people come from all corners of the country to take part in this.
About Pushkar festival
- Pushkaram is an Indian festival dedicated to worshiping rivers.
- Just like Kumbh festival it encourages the concept of national unity and echoes the philosophy of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat,"
- Last year the Pushkaram was held on the Thamirabarani River in Tamil Nadu.
- This year (2019) it was held on the Brahmaputra River. Next year it will be held in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on the Tungabhadra River.
- It is celebrated at shrines along the banks of 12 major sacred rivers which are Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Chambal, Kaveri, Beas, Tapti, Godavari, Chenab, Krishna, Saraswati and Brahmaputra.
- The festival is celebrated in the form of ancestor worship, spiritual discourses, devotional music and cultural programmes.
- The festival happens annually once in 12 years along each river.
- Each river is associated with a zodiac sign and the river for each year’s festival is based on which sign Jupiter is in at the time.