Kaveri Pushkaralu or Cauveri Maha Pushkaram is a big deal for farmers and devotees in south India. It is a 12-day festival that celebrates the river Kaveri or Cauvery with thousands of devotees gathering to pay their respects and offer prayers to the river. Most of these devotees depend on agriculture for a living and therefore, pray for good rains and crops during the Kaveri Pushkaralu festival. Kaveri Pushkaralu 2017 starts today September 12 and will go on till September 24. It is celebrated when the planet Jupiter enters the Libra zodiac sign. Several places in Tamil Nadu along the river Kaveri will be celebrating this festival with great devotion. Kaveri Maha Pushkaram celebration in Srirangam and Mayiladuthurai are popular among devotees and usually see large crowds. This year too, Srirangam is already home to around 20,000 devotees for the festival and more are expected to arrive from neighboring states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the next few days. Mayiladuthurai is another popular pilgrim spot for Kaveri Pushkaralu celebration and arrangements have been made for sacred holy dips, which are a major part of prayer rituals. Apart from these popular spots, locals and devotees also visit the several ghats of Tamil along the Kaveri river for celebrating the Kaveri Maha Pushkaram. Kaveri flows through some of the most beautiful and prominent places in Tamil Nadu. After originating in Karnataka, the river flows through the Deccan plateau and enters Tamil Nadu through Dharmapuri, then reaching Hogenakkal, and the Eride district. The government has chosen some of ghats along the route of Kaveri and made arrangements for the Kaveri Pushkaralu celebrations. Here are the popular Kaveri Pushkaralu 2017 Ghats in Tamil Nadu where are likely to witness amazing festivities. Also Read - Desperate For Alcohol Amid Lockdown, 3 Men in Tamil Nadu Die After Drinking Paint Varnish
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The word Pushkaran means worship of the sacred river. There are 12 rivers where the Maha Pushkaram or Pushkaralu is celebrated with each river getting its turn after 12 years. (DO SEE 7 most important rivers of India, which every traveler must visit) Each one of them denotes a zodiac sign. This year, it is Kaveris turn as this is the day when the celestial transit of planet Jupiter from Virgo to Libra takes place. Several ‘homams’ and ‘yajnas’ are conducted throughout the 12-day period of Maha Pushkaram.