Arrangements are going on at a brisk pace for the Asia's biggest Tribal Festival - Sammakka-Sarakka Jatara - in Medaram in Warangal district in Telangana State. Medaram is a remote place in the Eturunagaram Wildlife Sanctuary in Warangal district
The Tribal festival, also known as Medaram, will be conducted from February 17 to 20 this year. The State government is expecting a turnout of around one crore devotees and making arrangements accordingly.
"We have sanctioned Rs 155 crore and the arrangements for the devotees will be completed in the first week of February," Endowments Minister A Indra Karan Reddy said on Wednesday.
Sammakka-Sarakka Jatara is a biennial festival and being conducted first the first time this year after the formation of the Telangana State.
People from all over the country including Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and other states will attend the Jatara and offer jaggery to the two Goddesses Sammakka and Sarakka.
Devotees, mostly Tribals, will have holy dip in Jampanna vagu, a tributary of Godavari river. According to the history, Jampanna was the Tribal warrior and the son of Tribal Goddess Sammakka. The
Jampanna vagu took his name as he died in a battle with with Kakatiya army.