Friday, January 6, 2017

sammakka sarakka mini jatara dates

sammakka sarakka mini jatara dates


Medaram Sammakka-Sarakka mini-Jatara is scheduled to be held from February 8 to 11.The main and bi-annual jatara will be planning to celebrate next year.Conducting mini-jatara has become a practice in recent years as the devotees have been visiting the village to offer prayers every year. The practice of conducting mini-jatara came into vogue since 1996,About six lakh devotees would visit during the mini-jatara. Dwajasthambhams (flag poles) will be set up in four directions at the village on February 8 and 'Mandamelige Pandaga' would be organised on the same day.

The priests would conduct special prayers on February 9 and the devotees could offer prayers to the tribal goddesses Sammakka and Sarakka on the next day.On February 11, ‘Vana Pravesham’ of the goddesses would take place.



Monday, January 2, 2017

sammakka sarakka jatara 2018 Dates

sammakka sarakka jatara 2018 Dates

Sammakka Sarakka Jatara is observed in Magh month (February). This is a biannual festival and attracts millions of people and is the largest tribal festival in the world. Sammakka Saralamma Jatara 2018 dates are January 27, 28, 29 and 30. The jatara is held at Medaram, which is around 90 km from Warangal in Telangana.

Tribal priests will bring the idol of Sammakka from Chilkalgutta hillocks, two km away from Medaram, and install it at the altar in Medaram on February 27, 2018.

The next day, they bring the idol of Sarakka from Kannepally village to be installed.

Two days later, the priest will take the Sammakka idol away. Next day, the idol of Sarakka is taken away. With this, the jatara comes to an end.

The biannual Sammakka Saralamma Jatara is observed for four days before full moon day or purnima of the Magh month.

The festival is basically dedicated to two tribal women - Sammakka and Saralamma. They were fierce warriors. Sammakka is the mother of Saralamma. Sammakka is believed to be of divine incarnation.

The gaddes or thrones of Sammakka, Sarakka, Pagididdiraju (husband of Sammakka) and Govindaraju (husband of Sarakka) are decorated with new clothes two weeks before the festival.
As per custom one of the Koya boys will receive a vision of the deity and will roam in the forest without food and sleep for a week before he brings the goddesses in the form of vermilion boxes which represent the main deity Sammakka and her daughter, Sarakka, both tied to a piece of bamboo.
A day before the festival begins, Sarakka’s vermilion box, decorated with peacock feathers, pots and bells, is brought from the neighboring village of Kannepalli.

On the main festival day of the jatara, Sammakka’s vermilion box, which is covered in vermilion and turmeric, is brought with a guard of honor by the police chief of Telangana, who fires three shots into the air to begin the jatara.

The main offerings during the jatara by devotees include jaggery equal to their weight. Animal sacrifice and worship of bamboo are part of the jatara. A large number of people dance to the drumbeat as if possessed by the deity. Some devotees shave their head in reverence to the goddess. Some offer cooked food. Some devotees also take bath in the Jampanna vagu here as it is believed that the water body has curative properties.