Jangu Bai fest attracts thousands of Girijans
The month-long Adivasi traditional celebrations to worship their deity Jangu Bai, a wish-granting Goddess, will occur in the auspicious Telugu month of Pushyam.
Kerameri: The month-long Adivasi traditional celebrations to worship their deity Jangu Bai, a wish-granting Goddess, will occur in the auspicious Telugu month of Pushyam. Her temple is located in a cave on the Telangana-Maharashtra boundary in Asifabad district. Thousands of tribals take part in the festivities, celebrated annually.
Besides the Gonds, people of Pardan and Kolam tribes from Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra take part in the festivities. The tribals believe that the Goddess will fulfill their wishes if they worship the deity with dedication and devotion. The deity manifested in caves in the hill range on the outskirts of Maharajuguda thanda in Parandoli village panchayat, which is 25 km away from Kerameri of Asifabad district.
The tribals visiting the Goddess will take a holy dip in the stream flowing adjacent to the hills. The rituals associated with the worshipping the goddess is very tough. The tribals perform puja with dedication and adhere to the rules and regulations while entering the cave. Most of the tribals trek all the way wearing no chappals to the cave from their village. Priests of eight gotras will perform various rituals.
The tribals have been appealing to the government to develop the Jangu Bai temple in all respects to safeguard the tribal culture and practices. Asifabad MLA Kova Lakshmi said that a road was laid till the temple at a cost of Rs 10 lakh for the benefit of devotees. She vowed to develop the temple in all respects by next year.
By Madavi Manik Rao