(THE GIST OF PIB) Sammakka-Saralamma Jatara

(THE GIST OF PIB) Sammakka-Saralamma Jatara


Sammakka-Saralamma Jatara

  • Recently, the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs visited the Sammakka- Saralamma Maha Jatara, in Medaram, Mulugu district of Telangana.

About Sammakka-Saralamma Jatara:

  • It is also known as Medaram Jatara.
  • It is a tribal festival honouring the goddesses celebrated in the state of Telangana.
  • The festival is a demonstration of tribal devotion, and people from all walks of life join together to commemorate the revolt led by Sammakka and Saralamma, a mother-daughter duo, against imposing taxes on the tribal populace during a period of drought by the Kakatiya rulers in the 12th century.
  • Location: Medaram is a remote place in the Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary, a part of Dandakaranya, the largest surviving forest belt in Mulugu.
  • It is held every two years (biannually). It is celebrated during the time the goddesses of the tribals are believed to visit them.
  • Ritual: People offer bangaram/gold (jaggery) of a quantity equal to their weight to the goddesses and take a holy bath in Jampanna Vagu, a tributary to River Godavari.
  • Significance: It serves as a platform for understanding and fostering harmony between the people and tribal communities, promoting the preservation of their unique traditions, culture, and heritage on a global scale.



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