MEDARAM Festival Dates Revealed: The Medaram Jatara or the Sammakka Saralamma Jatara is a celebration to cherish the visit of goddesses. It is the tribal festival celebration in the honor of the goddesses Sammakka and Saralamma in the village Medaram in Jayashankar Bhupalpally District. There would be visitors not only from the state and country but also from all around the world.
It is the fight of a mother (Saralamma) and daughter (Sammakka), with the rulers and their laws.
There are many Stories about the powers of Sammakka. In the 13th century, Tribal people were on a hunt. They found a new born girl (Sammakka). The girl, emitting enormous light playing with tigers around. The head of the tribe adopted her and brought her up as a chief. She later became the saviour for all the tribes. Sammakka married Pagididda Raju, who was a tribal chief of Kakatiyas (who ruled the Warangal City). Later, blessed with 2 daughters and one son.
This festival is held once in every two years. More than 10 million devotees attend the festival. It is a celebration for a period of four days. Devotees from different states of India (Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and parts of Jharkhand) reach to celebrate. They take holy bath in a stream called Jampanna Vagu. This festival has no vedic or brahmanic influence.
The feast heald in 2016 is the 1st one after the formation of Telangana as a separate state, and it took special attention by the government.
Medaram Jatara Dates:
In 2018 the Medaram Jatara starts on 31st January and ends on 3rd of February.
31st January 2018: Goddess Saralamma will arrive on the gadde (platform set for goddess).
1st February 2018: Goddess Sammakka will arrive on the gadde (platform set for goddess).
2nd February 2018: Devotees offer their offering in any form. Bangaram (Jaggery) is offered as a tradition.
3rd February 2018: Last day the devotees cherish the presence of the goddesses. Then both the goddesses return back to the forest.