Sammakka Saralamma Jatara 2016, Medaram Jatara Dates: After New Telangana State First time Celebrating Sammakka Saralamma Jathara, also well known as Medaram Jatara. It is held once in two years with lot of gusto for 4 days during Magha Purnima.
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Sammakka Saralamma Jatara 2016
The Sammakka Saralamma Jathara 2016, Medaram Sammakka Sarakka Jathara 2015 dates are, Jatara starts on February 17 and ends on February 20 2015. It is celebrated at Medaram village near Yeturu Nagaram of Warangal district in Telangana State
Medaram Sammakka Saralamma Jatara 2016 Dates
- February 17, 2016 – Goddess Saralamma will arrive to Platform (Gadde).
- February 18, 2016 – Goddess Sammakka will arrive to Platform (Gadde).
- February 19, 2016 – Devotees offer naivedyam or other offerings like ‘Bangaram (bellam – jaggery).
- February 20, 2016 – Last day of Sammkka Sarakka Jathara. Goddess Sammakkar and Saralamma will return back in to forest.
How to Reach Medaram Sammakka Saralamma Jatara
Madaram is a small village located in the forest area. Madaram comes under the Telangana Region of Telangana State in the Mandal of Tadvai which is in Warangal district.
Distance from Hyderabad : around 250 Kms.
Distance from Warangal/Hanmakonda : around 105 Kms.
Buses from Hyderabad, Warangal, Khajipet and Janagam runs most frequently. From Hyderabad for every 20 minutes buses runs from Uppal, MGBS(Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station), Jagadgiri Gutta, Bora Banda. TSRTC also providing online reservation facility for Madaram Sammakka Sarakka Jatara2015
Medaram Sammakka Saralamma Jatara History
There are many legends about the miraculous powers of sammakka . According to a tribal story, about 6-7 centuries ago,that is in the 13th century, some tribal leaders who went for a hunting found a new born girl (Sammakka) emitting enormous light playing amidst tigers.
She was taken to their habitation . The head of the tribe adopted her and brought up as a chief tain (She later became the saviour of the tribals of the region) she was married to Pagididda Raju a feudatory tribal chief of Kakatiyas(who ruled the country of Andhra from Warangal City between 1000 AD and 1380 AD).She was blessed with 2 daughters and one son namely Sarakka, Nagulamma and Jampanna respectively.
After sometime, there was a severe drought that lasted for years and as a result the mighty Godavari River dried up. pagedde Raju didn’t pay tribute to King Pratapa Rudra. In turn king Pratapa rudra sent his army to subdue the tribals and collect the tribute.
Then a War was fought between tribal chief pagidde Raju and Kakatiya army on the banks of “Sampenga Vagu” (Jampanna Vagu). The Koya army fought valiantly but could not with stand the well equipped Kakatiya army. Though fought valiantly Pagididda Raju, his daughters Sarakka, Nagulamma, son in law Govinda Raju lost (husband of Sarakka) lives in the battle. Later Jampanna also dies in Sampenga Vagu (after renamed as Jampanna Vagu in the memory of his heroic fight against well trained Kakatiya army). .
Upon hearing this news Sammakka also enters war and fights and causes lot of damage to kakatiya army. Surprised by her Bravery And Valour the Kakatiya Prime Minister visited war ravaged Koya kingdom with proposal of peace and offered Sammakka a place in the emperor’s harem as the chief queen. Samakka turned down the offer and resolved to continue the fight to avenge the dead. The battle continued and Sammakka was seriously wounded.
Samakka told her people that as long as they remembered her, she would protect them. Then, she cursed the Kaktiya dynasty to perish And with that wounded body proceeded towards Chilakala gutta and disappeared in the forest.
The grieving Koyas searched for their queen all they found were a red ochre box(a container of vermilion), her bangles … and the pug marks of a huge full grown tigress, exactly the same place where she was found as a infant by the koyas. The Kakatiya dynasty came to an end very soon.
Since then the Koyas, Waddaras and other Indian tribes and castes have been holding festivals in memory of Sammakka and Sarakka regularly .