Hello,  Friends !!!!! As you know I simply love to write about the local culture and festivals of Telangana. I can not ignore the recent ” Sammakka Saralamma Jatara” ‘ I don’t know whether you are aware of the fact or not, But this celebration is considered as the World’s largest tribal congregation and second largest congregation ( in general not tribal ) in India after the Maha Kumbh Mela.

It is celebrated once every 2 yrs. There is a 4-day celebration around Magha shuddha Pournami days at a tiny village  Medaram located in a dense forest. This village which inhabits around 400 people otherwise will accommodate around 10-15 Million during these 4 days. The estimated number of devotees in 2014 was about 15 Million.I have witnessed the buzz  during my medicine days. The road to Medaram during this period is sooo busy that Government announces public holiday to colleges, schools and offices which are in the route.

This festival is to get the blessings of Goddesses Sammakka, Saralamma (Mother and daughter ) who were of tribal origin.

I want to thank my friend Khaja pasha for providing these beautiful snaps.

Tribal dances at the congregation
Tribal dances at the congregation

World's largest tribal congregation

 Daddy ,I can not see anything properly
Daddy, let me  see everything
Oggu dance
Oggu dance

You can see  the same type of dance from my marriage here .

World's largest tribal congregation

The perfect click
The perfect click
Devotees take bath in the Vaagu before visiting Goddeses (canal ).
Devotees take bath in the Vaagu(canal ) before visiting Goddeses.

 

People ,people everywhere
People ,people everywhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World's largest tribal congregation and second largest congregation

Do you now believe it is world's largest
Do you now believe it is world’s largest
Possessed
Possessed
Possessed by the Goddess. These sightings are very common.
Possessed by the Goddess.
These sightings are very common.
Offerings
Offerings
Celebrity visits
Celebrity visits
Police protection at every step
Police protection at every step
Child artists performing on stage
Child artists performing on stage
Gadde (Platform where Goddesses are placed ) in the night
Gadde (Platform where Goddesses are placed ) in the night
Gadde(platform)
Gadde(platform)
Offering Bangaram .Bangaram literally translates into Gold in Telugu. But here jaggery is called Bangaram. There is an interesting procedure of weighing an individual with jaggery and then offering it the Goddess . Here is my friend Kalyani.
Offering Bangaram .Bangaram literally translates into Gold in Telugu. But here jaggery is called Bangaram. There is an interesting procedure of weighing an individual with jaggery and then offering it the Goddess . Here is my friend Kalyani.
People in que
People in Que
No idea what is this
No idea what is this

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All ready to please the Goddess
All ready to please the Goddess

 

World's largest tribal congregation and second largest congregation

Temporary huts
Temporary village built in hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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