Medaram Jathara Festival

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    • Medaram Jathara Festival is being celebrated from 16th-19th February 2022.

    About Medaram Jatara

    • It is a tribal festival of honouring the goddesses Sammakka and Saralamma celebrated in the state of Telangana, India. 
      • The Jathara was designated as a State Festival in 1996, owing to the festival’s popularity and auspicious importance. 
    •  It commemorates the fight of a mother and daughter, Sammakka and Saralamma, with the reigning rulers against an unjust law.
    • It is celebrated once in two years in the month of “Magha” (February) on the full moon day.
    • It is the second-largest fair of India, after the Kumbh Mela, celebrated by the second-largest Tribal Community of Telangana- the Koya tribe for four days.
    • It is a festival with no vedic or Brahmanic influence.
    • At present, the Jathara festival is biennially celebrated and organized by the Koyas in collaboration with the Tribal Welfare Department, Government of Telangana.

    Governments initiatives 

    • The Ministry of Tribal Affairs’ continuous support of this festival aims to generate awareness and a harmonious bond between the visitors and the Tribal communities of Telangana. 
    • It assists the tribals to preserve their unique Tribal Traditions, Culture and Heritage and promote their tribal History on a global scale. It is also an embodiment of the spirit of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.

    Source: PIB