Sammakka Saralamma Jathara
Sammakka Saralamma Jathara at Medaram is declared as a State Festival in 1996 by the Government and is one of the well known and most popular festivals in the state and this is also one of the largest Jathara or Tribal fair in the entire world. People from different states in India and also people of Andhra origin who are settled in different parts of the world visit Sammakka Saralamma Jathara held at Medaram in Warangal District.
Sammakka Saralamma Jathara is held one in every two years with lot of enthusiasm and with reverence for three days with around 6 million people attending this fair for over three days in this village Medaram which is located in Tadvai mandal inside the deep forests which in nearby Etunagaram taluk and in the adjacent river called Jampanna vagu which is around 90 km from Warangal City. The fair starts on 27 January 2010 till 30 January 2010 in Magha masam or Magh month.
People from the nearby states like Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Orissa and Karnataka apart from the thousands of devotees coming in from different parts of the World. Sammakka Sarakka Jatara or the Medaram Sammakka Sarakka Jatara is regarded as the second largest religious gathering after the Maha Kumbh Mela. The main part of this festival or the celebration is to commemorate the valiant fight between a mother and daughter which depicts Sammakka and Sarakka against the cruel and wicked rulers.
The most important and major ritual in this fair is offering of Bangaram which represents Jaggery by the devotees to the Goddesses. The belief is that since a person cannot offer gold as per their weight to the goddess they offer jaggery to the goddess in place of Gold because the goddess like sweet and also since it is full of iron it is good for health. The vibrant and colorful bullock carts are the main attractions in the fair and one never forgets to have a holy dip or Pavitra Snanam in Japanna Vagu which the devotees consider as auspicious during the occasion. Government will made sufficient transport facilities to reach Medaram. There are buses available from Warangal and several other places. You can find about different ways to reach Medaram at How to reach Medaram.