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Tribal Festival ‘Sammakka Saralamma Jatara’ Kicks Off In Telangana

The Medaram Jatara, known as Sammakka Saralamma Jatara’, began this year on February 21 in Medaram, Mulugu district, showcasing Telangana’s rich tribal heritage. This four-day event, considered the world’s largest tribal gathering, attracts pilgrims to the remote village of Medaram once every two years.

Historical Significance

The Medaram Jatara holds historical significance as it commemorates the struggle of a mother and daughter duo, Sammakka and Saralamma, against unjust rulers. Their courage and resilience have been immortalized through this festival, symbolizing the spirit of tribal communities.

Spiritual Experience

For tribal devotees, the Medaram Jatara is not just a festival but a pilgrimage. It is believed that during this time, the goddesses Sammakka and Saralamma descend to bless their devotees. The atmosphere is charged with devotion as millions gather to seek blessings and offer their prayers to the divine deities.

Massive Pilgrimage

The scale of the Medaram Jatara is staggering, with around one crore pilgrims expected to visit Medaram during the four-day festival. People from various tribal communities, not only from Telangana but also from states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and parts of Jharkhand, make the journey to participate in this celebration of faith and culture.

Government Support

Recognizing the importance of the Medaram Jatara, the government has made arrangements to ensure the smooth conduct of the festival. From security measures to logistical support, efforts are made to facilitate the pilgrims’ experience and uphold the sanctity of the event.

State Festival Status

The significance of the Medaram Jatara is such that it was declared a state festival in 1998, highlighting its cultural and religious importance. This recognition underscores the festival’s role in preserving and promoting tribal heritage and traditions.

Unique Customs

One of the customs of the Medaram Jatara is the offering of ‘bangaram’ or gold in the form of jaggery equal to one’s weight to the goddesses. This act of devotion symbolizes the devotee’s gratitude and reverence towards the divine.

President Droupadi Murmu’s Visit

The Medaram Jatara is not just a festival; it’s a testament to the tapestry of tribal culture and spirituality. As President Droupadi Murmu prepares to visit Medaram and join the festivities, the world watches as millions come together to celebrate their faith and heritage.

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