About Medaram Jatara in warangal

Medaram is a village in Warangal district, Andhra Pradesh, India. A popular religious congregation or Jatara called "Samakka sarakka" jatara takes place for three days biennially in this village. This is deemed to be second largest congregation in India, only after the Kumbha Mela. Nearly one crore or ten million people are expected to converge on this village for the Jatara in the year 2010. Medaram is located 120 km away from Warangal city, which in turn is about 140 km from the state capital Hyderabad.

A little festival of tribal origin in Andhra Pradesh has become a major pilgrimage in the last six years. The Samakka festival is held every two years at in Medaram Village of Tadvai Mandal deep in the heart of the thick forests of Warangal district.

The population of the little forest village at Medaram in normal times never exceeds 300. Suddenly, during the month of February it rises to over 3500000! Millions of devotees come from all over Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring states like Orissa, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

This festival is held in memory of a Koya tribal queen called Samakka who fought against the kedieval dynasty of the Kakatiyas who ruled from Warangal between 1000 A.D.-1380 A.D. approximately. Among the traditional deities of the Koyas and other forest tribes is the Tiger Goddess of whom there is an interesting legend. As the story goes, around 600 years ago, a band of Koyas walking through the thick forest came upon a little girl playing with full grown tigers. They retrieved the infant and the headman adopted her. She was named Samakka. She grew up into fine young woman and married the headman of a neighbouring village. Among her children was a daughter named Saralama. Both mother and daughter were reputed for their kind and helpful nature.

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