Medaram jatara, the largest tribal festival of the country, is celebrated in memory and respect of Sammakka and Saarakka

It is a festival of adivasis. Distinct of the tribal belief and rituals.
Sammakka and Saarakka are Koya woman warriors who fought against Pratapa Rudra armed forces and were killed by the army.
Today the festival is observed by tribals and non tribals from Telangana, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra among other parts of the country
Medaram forests of warangal district wear a spectacular festivity for three days with adivasi pujaris leading millions of devotees offering prayers
Its a celebration of the adviasi pride and a reminder of the undying spirit of simple folks holding only thing close to heart- freedom
Find a few reports on the timeless Medaram Jatara
bharath bhushan
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India’s Largest Tribal Fair Draws Millions
Thursday 21st of February 2008
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It is a sea of humanity at the four-day Sammakka Sarakka Jatra, India’s largest tribal fair here, with millions of people gathered from many parts of India to worship their tribal deities.

Attired in their best costumes and dancing to folk tunes and drum beats, the tribes people began gathering for the fair from Wednesday at Medaramm, a tiny village amid thick forests, about 110 km from Warangal city.

The tribals have arrived from different parts of Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring states like Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa to worship two legendary tribal women – Sammakka and Sarakka.

The event, held once in two years, is also termed the tribal Kumbh Mela as the scenes here are similar to the religious mega-fairs held on the banks of the Ganges and the Narmada. The crowd during the four-day fair is expected to reach eight million.

According to officials, two million people are already at the fair, which began with the tribal priests bringing goddess Sarakka – also known as Saralamma – after prayers at Kanneboinapalli village, eight km from Medaram.

The devotees walk behind in the path trod by Sarakka in the belief it will bring happiness and prosperity to them.

Joint Collector K. Srinivasa Raju and other government officials accompanied the priests as per custom. It took nearly an hour for them to reach the main altar at Medaram village.

Late in the evening the deity was seated on ‘gadde’ (pedestal), as tens of thousands of devotees vied with each other to touch the pedestal, swaying deliriously to music.

Earlier, thousands took a holy dip in the Jampanna Vagu, a rivulet, before offering obeisance to the deity. Many women believe a bath in the rivulet will get them good husbands. (మరింత…)

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