Ban on black jaggery: Devotees offer sugar to deities

Ban on black jaggery: Devotees offer sugar to deities
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It is a traditional custom to offer bangaram (jaggery) to goddesses Sammakka-Sarakka by the devotees. However, the age-old tradition has slightly changed in recent past. Instead of jaggery, devotees are offering huge quantity of sugar, thanks to the State government for imposing a ban on the sale of black jaggery. 

Karimnagar: It is a traditional custom to offer ‘bangaram’ (jaggery) to goddesses Sammakka-Sarakka by the devotees. However, the age-old tradition has slightly changed in recent past. Instead of jaggery, devotees are offering huge quantity of sugar, thanks to the State government for imposing a ban on the sale of black jaggery.

With a view to put an end to the manufacturing of ID (illicitly distilled) liquor, the government has banned the sale of black jaggery. People usually promise the Tribal deities of offering the amount of jaggery equivalent to their weight if their desires were fulfilled. They would offer during the biennial Jatara of Medaram. If a person weights 50 kilograms, he or she has to offer equal quantity of ‘bangaram’ to goddesses.

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