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Sammakka Sarakka jatara begins

Staff Reporter

Vijaya Shanthi offers prayers for separate Telangana



RELIGIOUS FERVOUR: Devotees taking a dip in the Jampanna vagu at Medaram. - Photo: M. Murali

MEDARAM (WARANGAL DT): The Sammakka Sarakka jatara got under way on Wednesday with the arrival of Sarakka from Kannepally village. The deity was brought with traditional honours by a group of tribal priests and district officials from the neighbouring Kannepalli village on Wednesday evening. The deity of Sammakka will be brought on Thursday.

Thousands of people took the holy dip at the Jampanna vagu before proceeding to the Sammakka Sarakka shrine on the first day of the three- day jatara.

Holy dip

Believing that a dip in the Jampanna vagu heals all the diseases, people in large numbers vied with each other to make their way towards the rivulet. It was known as Sampega vagu until the Jampanna, son of Sammakka jumped to death fighting the imperial Kakatiya army.

All the roads leading to the venue were packed to the hilt and the devotees virtually inched their way towards the shrine. The flow of pilgrims continued as Wednesday and Thursday are considered sacred when both the deities preside over.

Meanwhile, cine actress Vijay Shanthi visited the jatara site and offered prayers. She said she prayed for separate Telangana and faulted Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy for going ahead with the Polavaram project despite resistance from all quarters. "

Minister offers prayers

Social Welfare Minister D.S. Redya Naik offered prayers and later went round Government establishments.

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