The meaning of pushkara is the one who purifies or nourishes and Lord Vishnu is known to be the Pushkaraakshah, the one who nourishes. According to traditional astrology during the pushkara navamsa, the whole planet is nourished. A lake named pushkara is located in Rajasthan and has the only sacred temple of Lord Brahma in India. The ancient text says that Pushkaram means 12 years. A dip in any of the 12 big rivers of India during the Kartik mass (month) and especially when Jupiter is in a specific zodiac, is known as pushkar snan.
Pushkara snan is considered to be equally beneficial as doing Ashwamedha Yag, charity at kurukshetra, mediation at the Narmada river and death rituals in kashi. Before taking a dip in the river for pushkara snan, it is a ritual to prepare small mud balls and drop them in the river as a request to ask for taking bath in that particular place.
The movement of Jupiter in the zodiac signs gives the rivers the pushkar or nourishing power. The information here reveals about the movement of Jupiter in the zodiac signs and the sacred rivers that get pushkar energy for nourishment. Accordingly, when the Jupiter moves from Aries to Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces, river Ganga, Narmada, Saraswati, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna, Kaveri, Bheema, Pushkara vahini, Thunga Bhadra, Sindhu and Pranhita get Pushkara power respectively.
Scientific Reasons behind Pushkar Snan
During the Pushkara navamasa, the electromagnetic field of the earth is enhanced due to the solar magnetic activity cycle or sun spot cycle. It magnetizes water of the rivers and attributes healing properties to the water. Studies suggest that when you bath in the river during this period, the entire system of the body is raised to a level similar to the effect of meditation.
The water during this period acquires magnetic power from the earth and is stored until the very early hours of the sunrise. Hence, pushkara snan is especially carried out during the dawn. It is believed that a person who performs this bathing ritual is relieved from several health disorders. Possibilities of Diseases due to Pushkara Snan
Taking a mass bath in a river leads to several skin infections and other types of diseases if proper precautions are not taken. Since many people suffer from different contagious diseases such as fungal infections, bacterial and viral infections, during the bath the pathogens are released in the water. More often, the bath is taken for curing health disorders and hence there are many chances that these diseases inflict you.
Moreover if the water is polluted you may have to suffer from several other diseases such as:
- Stomachaches and cramps
- Respiratory infections
Precautions for Bathing in Pushkara Snan
- To avoid getting skin diseases after taking the holy dip, you must wash off your body immediately with clean tap water.
- Dry your body with a clean towel thoroughly and apply medicated powder all over your body to stop the growth of microbes on your skin if any.
- If you have any allergies or reactions, immediately apply anti fungal cream or lotion as prescribed by your caregiver.
- If you have a sensitive skin and are prone to having reactions, you should not stay in the water for long. Just take a dip in the water to fulfill the ritual and get out.
- Avoid gulping the water while you are taking pushkara snan to avoid intestinal infections. Precautions for Children and Elderly People at the Ghat.
- The ghats are slippery and there is always a possibility that the elderly people or children can lose their balance. Hence, they should never be left alone.
- The children are small in height and hence should not be allowed to enter the water without the company of some adult or family member. Make sure that the children do not go too deep into the water even though they can swim, as the flow of the river water can be unpredictable.
Try all the safety measures possible so that you do not have to face any problem during your pushkara snan.
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