Welcome to Medaram Jathara
Medaram, a small Tribal Village in Warangal district of Telangana state in INDIA is a popular religious congregation or Jatara called “Medaram Jathara” OR “Samakka sarakka jatara” which takes place for three days biennially in the Village green day tour
This is Second largest congregation in India, after the Kumbha Mela. Nearly one crore or ten million people converged on this village for the Jatara in the year 2014.
Medaram is located 110 km away from Warangal head Quarters which in turn is about 140 km from the State Capital Hyderabad.
There are many legends about the miraculous powers of samakka and one of them has it that in the 13th century, that Few tribal leaders who went for a hunting found a new born girl child emitting enormous light playing amidst tigers.
She was taken to their habitation & brought up (She later became the saviour of the tribals of the region) she was married to Pagididda Raju a feudatory tribal chief of Kakatiyas who were the rulers of this region.
She was blessed with two daughters and one son namely Saralamma, Nagulamma and Jampanna respectively. It so happens that there was a drought continuously for 3 to 4 years and pagididda Raju didn’t pay tribute to King Pratapa Rudra. In turn king Pratapa rudra sent his army to subdue the tribals and collect the tribute. Then a War was fought between tribal chief pagididda Raju and Kakatiya army on the banks of “Sampenga Vagu” (now called Jampanna Vagu).
The Koya army fought valiantly but could not with stand the well equipped Kakatiya army. Though fought valiantly Pagididda Raju, his daughters Saralamma, Nagulamma, son in law Govinda Raju lost (husband of Saralamma) lives in the battle. Later Jampanna also dies in Sampenga Vagu (after renamed as Jampanna Vagu in the memory of his heroic fight against well trained Kakatiya army).
Upon hearing this news Sammakka also enters war and fights and causes lot of damage to kakatiya army. Surprised by her Bravery And Valour one soldier of Kakatiyas Army stabs her from backside. Sammakka Was seriously Wounded And with that wounded body proceeds towards Chilakala gutta and disappears. Later Koya army follows her but they could not found her but only one container of vermilion. Then they thought of it her symbol and worships her in the same form till today.
The Jatra begins with bringing of Saralamma (a container of vermilion) from Kannepalli a neighboring village. Mostly Jatra celebrates in the month of february.
The main goddess Sammakka will be brought from Chilukalagutta (a container of vermilion) by tribals priests. One of the unique feature of the Jatra is no idol worship, only worship of two wooden poles and container of vermilion.(Kumkuma barini) as symbols of goddess.
వరంగల్ జిల్లా కేంద్రానికి 110 కి.మీ. దూరంలో ఉన్న మేడారం గ్రామంలో జరిగే శ్రీ సమ్మక్క-సారలమ్మ జాతర గిరిజన సంస్క్రుతి, సాంప్రదాయాలను ప్రతిబింబిస్తుంది.
దేశంలోనే అతి పెద్ద గిరిజన జాతర అయిన మేడారం శ్రీ సమ్మక్క-సారలమ్మ చల్లని చూపుకోసం రాష్ట్రం నుండే కాకుండా దేశం నలుమూలల నుండి సుమారు 80 లక్షల మంది బక్థులు తమ ఇలవెల్పును దర్సించుకుంటారు. ప్రతీ రెండు సంవత్సరాలకు ఒకసారి వైభవోపేతంగా జరుగు ఈ జథర ఫిబ్రవరి 8వ తేదీ నుండి 10వ తేదీ వరకు నిర్వహించబడును.
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