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 Sightseeing Places in Rajahmundry
 
Rajahmundry is a city in Andhra Pradesh, Southern India.
 
 
Pushkar Ghar
 
You can never assume that your trip to Rajahmundry to be complete if you had not cruised River Godavari. Cruising on the river will be an enthralling experience as the cruise gives you an amazing opportunity to attempt at discerning the magnificence of nature. The lush greenery, scenic landscapes and amazing hills viewed from the river during your cruise make you spell bound. The boats have the best of facilities to make your stay on water very comfortable. You get to view a few places while on cruise, which are untouched by humans. Various cruising packages are offered out of which you may choose the one that would fit in with your time frame and budget. Cruising on Godavari offers matchless experience to photographers and nature lovers.
 
Godavari Harathi to Be a Daily Feature
 

At times, life throws up some of the biggest ironies. For all the highway love that we have, it is ironical that we lost a parent in a road accident in Rajamundry last November, a hit and run case by an under age rider on a speeding bike. All we can say is, while on the road, be responsible.

The key to facing a tragedy or any thing that doesn’t go your way, is accepting it. Life goes on and so do the journeys. November and December, saw us travelling to Rajamundry to wind up the affairs there.

Thanking the River Goddess

On one such trip to Rajamundry (now officially renamed Rajamahendravaram, its ancient name), we took a stroll on the banks of the Godavari, just to get some fresh air after all the stressful weeks. Evenings are the best time for a walk along the road bordering the river. The last Pushkaram festival saw the inauguration of the Godavari Nitya Harathi, a daily event at the Pushkar Ghat. We decided to stay on and witness it.

Rivers are the lifeline of every civilisation, they are the source of our existence and hence, have come to be considered sacred and worshipped. The evening Harathi to these rivers is an important religious event in cities that have thrived on their banks. The Ganga aarti at Varanasi is one such event and now the Godavari Harathi at Rajamundry.

The event was started as part of the 12 day Pushakaralu festivities in July last year and since then every evening at 7 PM, the Harathi is performed in reverence to the Godavari. When we reached the Pushkar Ghat around 6.30 PM, people were just taking their places on the steps leading to the river. We sat down and did some people watching.

Though the 12 day Pushkaram festival is over, the purifying effect of the river water is believed to continue throughout the year and people were taking a holy dip, some were floating oil lamps in the river while boatmen went about their business.


We weren’t carrying our camera, all pictures are courtesy our mobile phones.

We could hear the trains pass through the Arch bridge, it was dark and we could only see the reflection of the train headlight in the river below, like some magical, mystic light floating across the river !

On the Harathi pedestal, priests were busy with their preparations, the loud speaker played some songs in praise of the river, especially the song “Uppongele Godavari”, a beautiful Telugu song from the film “Godavari”. There are some songs that make you feel fortunate that you understand a particular language, this one makes it to that list.

There is a small shrine for Godavari Mata on the Ghat where a puja is performed before the actual Harathi.

 
 
The Harathi fire is then taken near the water and another is puja performed.
We thought that was all about the Harathi, when at 7 PM, the pedestal came to life and the lights lit up.
 

Seven priests sat on the altar as Vedic mantras were chanted on the loud speaker. A voice over began narrating the mythological story of the Godavari and the importance of the river in shaping our culture and civilisation.

There are 12 different types of Harathi, each one is preceded by a narration about the type of Harathi and its significance. Then there are Vedic chants and the drums beat, the 7 priests turn towards the river and perform the Harathi, a spectacle that must be witnessed !

Why 12 Harathis? We have no idea, may be because the Pushkaram festival is associated with number 12? 12 important rivers, 12 zodiac signs, once in 12 years !

Whether you are a believer or not, the rhythmic drum beats, the bright lights, the fire and the ambience of the might river are sure to give you an electric, trance like feel !

The picture below is of the Simha Harathi. The Harathi fire is mounted on figures of lions, similarly you have the Nethra Harathi, Bilva Harathi, Nandi Harathi and so on.

 

As we saw the crowd disperse, we began to think how our culture teaches us to revere our rivers and natural resources, if only we understood the symbolism and understood the intention than blindly folding our hands and closing our eyes in prayer !

These practices were meant to instil a sense of respect towards our resources and not take them for granted. That is probably why the rivers and the earth are regarded as Goddesses, the Sun and the five elements as Gods. But, while we try to rid ourselves of sin by taking a dip in the river we consider holy, we don’t think twice before spitting in the river or throwing our empty chips packet in it. One minute we are filled with spiritual fervour, the next minute we grow two horns and say “we don’t care” ! Funny people, we are !

Things like Harathi and holy dips are all fine but the best way to thank our rivers is to stop polluting them.

Here’s hoping that some day we will learn to value our natural resources.

We were tempted to attend the Harathi again the next evening but chose to take a walk along the newly built Saraswathi Ghat. We caught some pretty views of the Godavari at sunset, with the rail-cum-road bridge in the background, that’s a sight to behold, every single time.

 

As usual, we wandered along the Kota Gummam market, the market is always buzzing with activity in the evenings, we even shopped a bit for pens and bought a Hero Pen after close to 2 decades. Students of the 1990s know the feeling of pride in owning a Hero Pen !

Winding up the trip with Bajjis and Rosemilk goes without saying, this time, we added two more items to our regular food fest. One is the Milk shake stall near Akshaya Residency, they have a wide variety of milk shakes. Their Black Currant Milk Shake topped with ice cream and cashews is a milk shake like no other ! The other one is the Gangaraju Pal Kova, the ultimate destination for the Pal Kova fan !

If you are a foodie, Rajamundry is the place to be.

Info tidbits

Godavari Harathi begins at 7 PM every evening. The entry is free. We were there on a weekend so it got crowded once the event started, we have no idea how it is on weekdays. The Harathi is conducted only at the Pushkar Ghat.
If you are taking kids along, be alert in the crowd, it is dark and a huge water body looms close by.
The entire takes about 45 minutes and is a nice way to spend an evening by the river side.

 
Dowleswaram Barrage
 

Dowleswaram Barrage, situated at a distance of 10 km from the Rajahmundry, was built for the irrigation purpose. It was constructed on the last stretch of Godavari River before it meets the Bay of Bengal. The main purpose to build this barrage was to transform the river from an endangered river into a fertile water resource.

The barrage was built by a British irrigation engineer, Sir Arthur Thomas Cotton, which helped in avoiding floods.

 
Dowleswaram Barrage was constructed with a view to serve irrigation. The barrage was built on the last stretch of the magnificent Godavari River. The barrage is successful in accomplishing the reason for its construction by making the land fertile with its waters. The barrage was also successful in averting famines that were a common occurrence during British period.
Rajahmundry is a beautiful and fertile land, which has been blessed with the best gifts of nature. The location of the city, the alluring landscapes, ancient temples, Godavari River cruise and last but not the least, scope for amazing adventure make this place a great tourist attraction. Take a good time off from your routine to enjoy the bliss of nature in every form. You are sure to find that your stay in Rajahmundry boosts your spirits and gets you back in great shape to bounce back to your hectic schedule.
 
Iskcon Temple Rajahmundry
 

Iskcon Temple, popularly known as Gowthami Ghat, is a recreational centre and is among the popular tourist attractions in Rajahmundry. After the Iskcon of Bangalore, it is considered as the second largest Iskcon temple in southern region, which covers an area of about 2 acres. The temple is built on the banks of Godavari River by the Iskcon group.

It is believed that many rishis have performed tapasya at this temple. The temple is also known as Ramananda Raya Gaudiya Math as Lord Sri Chaitanya and Ramananda Raya exchanged words at this site. Idols of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath, Subhadra Devi, Sri Sri Govinda Srinivasa, Sri Sri Jaganath Baladeva, Sri Sri Krishna Chaitanya and Prabhu Nityananda are housed in the temple.

History states that around 500 years ago, Shri Krishna Chaitanya Maha Prabhu was worshipped as the incarnation of Lord Shri Krishna. He is also considered as the first saint to start the movement of ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ sankeerthana.

 

The ISKCON Rajahmundry temple is built in two acres of land situated on the bank of sacred river Godavari.This place has got significance because many Rishis performed their tapasya.Sri Chaitanya Maha Prabhu met his disciple sri Ramananad Raya then governor of Chennai province under the Devotee King Purushotham Maharaj .The famous conversation among the Lord Sri Chaitanya and Ramaananda Raya took place on Godavari Bank and now this place is known as Ramananda Raya Gaudiaya Math.

Around the ISKCON Temple there are ten mantaps of lord's ten incarnations (Dasavatras).It is built uniquely and it is the third largest temple after Bangalore and Tirupathi in south India among ISKCON Temples .There is vedic exhibition in cellar of the temple complex depicting Lord Krishna, lord Rama and Chaitanya lilas which attracts students ,devotees and visiting public.The temple is visited daily by 1000 to 1500 devotees and on Sundays 6,000 to 8,000 devotees and on Janmasthmi day 50,000 devotees.

There is Govinda Gift stall adjoining the temple hall. On upstairs there are 15 preaching glow sign boards and another Govinda Gift stall where the Founder Acharya books and other devotional paraphernalia are available

On every Friday the Lord Govinda Srinivas Abhishekam is performed at 6:30 am. On every Saturday and Sunday there is sannai vayidyam is performed with musical instruments glorifying the Lord .

The temple is headed by its president Sriman SATYA GOPINATH DAS who has got two decades experience in conducting ISKCON major activities like building temples, conducting Rath Yatras, holding Hare Krishna festivals at various places.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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