Medaram Sammakka, Saralamma Jatara 2014 to Begin Tomorrow: Jatara from 12th to 15th February
Medaram Sammakka, Saralamma jatara begins tomorrow and ends on 15th of this month. Lakhs of devotees visit Medaram during the festival. All arrangements are made by the government to avoid any type of inconvenience to the devotees. APSRTC is plying special buses from various depots.
Warangal: Sammakka, Saralamma jatara is a tribal festival that is celebrated for four days for every two years. In 2014 it is celebrated from 12th to 15th of February. Devotees are already on their way to Medaram to participate in the fair. RTC made elaborate arrangements for the devotees to reach the place. Special buses are run from several district headquarters. Apart from the districts of Telangana, devotees from other districts and neighboring states also participate in the event. Government of Andhra Pradesh launched a website of Medaram Sammakka Saralamma jatara.
Medaram Sammakka Saralamma fair is the biggest tribal festivals in Asia. The festival is recognized as state festival in 1996. It is also a tradition that chief minister of Andhra Pradesh come during the festival to Medaram and offers his prayers.
Medaram is located in dense forests in Tadvai mandal 110 kms away from Warangal district head quarters. Though it is a tribal festival many others from all corners of India come to participate here. Devotees from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jharkhand come and offer their prayers.
Celebrations of the festival begin ten days before the actual commencement of the jartara. It begins by bringing Saralamma from Kannepalli. On the same day Govindaraju and Pagididdaraju are also brought from Medaram and is installed on a platform under a tree. On the second day priests go to Chilukala Gutta and bring Sammakka and install on the Gadde. Third day of the jatara received large number of devotees who come and offer jiggery. This is distributed to the devotees as prasadam.
Medaram is near Warangal which is well connected by rail and road from other main cities of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad is the nearest airport and from there devotees can reach Warangal by RTC buses or private vehicles. Kazipet is the nearest railway station for Medaram.