The four-day ‘Sammakka – Saralamma Jatara’ at Medaram in Telangana has begun. Considered the biggest tribal festival across South Asia, the Jatara witnesses a huge number of devotees thronging the village to take the blessings of Goddess Sammaka-Saralamma.
Sammakka-Sarakka Jatara held by forest-dwelling Koya tribe of Telangana and surrounding States is the biggest Tribal festival in Asia which is attended by one crore people on an average.
The event is held bi-annually to honour the twin goddesses Sammakka and her daughter Sarakka. Several communities in Telangana society support Jatara as it is also a mythical narrative of two tribal women leaders who fought against the Kakatiya rulers who tried to annex their land and forests. According to the myth, it was Sammakka’s curse which caused gradual decline and death of Kakatiya rule.