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The Kaveri Puskaram

by Ratisha Das

Posted October 21, 2005

The Kaveri puskaram is celebrated once in 12 years and we were blessed by Mother Kaveri, as the festival took place from 28th September to 10th October of this year.

As there were abundant blessings from lord Varuna in the form of rains, Mother Kaveri was full of waters. She looked totally different from just a month before, where she was out of our vision and looked as a desert with only sand and no water.

On the event of Puskaram thousands of people from different parts of India took the opportunity to take a dip in the Kaveri. It is mentioned that taking a dip in Kaveri on the occasion of the Puskaram is equal to performing one thousand aswamedha sacrifices, while his sins accumulated from several births will be eradicated instantly.

The most important day of the twelve-day festival was the 2nd of October, as there was a solar eclipse occurring that day. The Gaura Nitai deities of Revati Gopi prabhu along with twenty-five congregation devotees assembled at the bathing ghat at Srirangam to take a dip in the Kaveri while the solar eclipse was on.

There was an ecstatic kirtan while the bathing of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai deities, which enthused about three hundred to four hundred pilgrims assembled at the ghat. As everyone participated in the Hare Krishna kirtans, there was a rush from the other pilgrims for the darshan of the deities bathing. Later everyone got an opportunity of having the lotus feet of their lordships on their heads, as it happens in the Panihati chidahi festival. All the devotees enjoyed the bathing and kirtans during the course of the eclipse. After the eclipse was over there was a sandya arati and prasadam was distributed to everyone present.

Everyone was very pleased about the programme because they received darshan of the deities and they also had the opportunity of hearing the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra in the form of kirtans.