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Sammakka-Saralamma Jatara - Telangana's Own Kumbh Mela

Known as Telangana's Own Kumbh Mela, 'Sammakka-Saralamma Jatara' Narrates Tribals Battle Against Despotic Rulers

Dubbed the state's own ‘Kumbh Mela’, the ‘Sammakka-Saralamma Jatara’, is a biennial tribal festival celebrated in maaga masam before maaga purnima.

Celebrations for the Jatara start ten days prior to the main event. Idols will be brought by the tribes from different parts of the forest, created with bamboo and wood. On the first day of celebration, the idols of 'Saralamma', 'Govinda Rajulu', 'Padigidda Raju' will arrive on the stage.

On the fourth day, the idols will be sent back to the forest after religious formalities. Their worship is carried out with jaggery, treated as ‘gold’ by the pilgrims, who begin arriving at Medaram a month before the festivities commence.

The government has allotted around 1,500 acres for vehicle parking. The state tourism department has also arranged helicopter travel for Medaram Jatara. Apart from this, Indian Railways has also prepared itself for the incoming devotees.

“Our dreams will be fulfilled by goddess Sammakka. I got a job with her blessings," said one young pilgrim Karthik, who will be donating jaggery worth his weight to declare his devotion.

The three-day festival will be followed by dinner and entertainment. Goats, sheep and chickens are sacrificed for the goddess. “Our entire 30-member family came to Jatara. We brought a goat with us," said Kumar, a merchant from Kamareddy.

After the formation of Telangana, the Sammakka-Sarakka Jatara has gained wider fame than before. Apart from the local devotees, people from far-flung states also come to celebrate the event.

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