Medaram Sammakka Saralamma Temple

Medaram Sammakka Saralamma Temple

Sammakka Saralamma Temple- Warangal is one of the oldest Tribal temples of Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for the celebration of the tribal Jathra. It is held in the dense forests of Medaram in Eturnagaram mandal in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh. Huge number of pilgrims visit the place to receive the grace of mother Goddesses Sri Sammakka and Saralamma.

Sammakka Saralamma Jatara
Sammakka Saralamma Jatara or Medaram Jatara is a tribal festival of honouring the goddesses celebrated in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, India. It commemorates the fight of a mother and daughter, Sammakka and Saralamma, with the reigning rulers against an unjust law. It is believed that after Kumbha Mela, the Medaram jatara attracts the largest number of devotees in the country.
It is celebrated in Medaram during the time the goddesses of the tribals is believed to visit them. Medaram is a remote place in the Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary, a part of Dandakaranya, the largest surviving forest belt in the Deccan.

The Ritual
Sammakka Sarakka Jatara is the time for the largest tribal religious congregation in the world, held every two years (biennually), with approximately six million people converging on the place, over a period of three days, which is 90 km from Warangal city.
People offer bangaram (jaggery) of a quantity equal to their weight to the goddesses.It is a festival with no vedic or brahmanic influence. Goats and hens are sacrificed and liquor is consumed.Until 1998, the only way to reach Medaram was by a bullock cart. In 1998 the state government declared the 1000-yr old festival as official and laid down a motorable road.In 2008, nearly 8 million people were estimated to have attended the festival. This fair is said to be the largest repeating congregation of tribal communities in the world. The traffic jam during the festival sometimes goes as far as 60 km on the Warangal highway.

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