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1 crore devotees visit Medaram
As many as one crore devotees have made offerings and prayers to the tribal deities Sammakka and Saralamma at Medaram till Friday evening. Devotees’ influx continued at the ongoing Medaram Jatara on Friday, the day meant for making offerings (mokkubadulu) after the arrival of deities, Sammakka and Saralamma at the Gaddelu (altar).
Medaram (Warangal): As many as one crore devotees have made offerings and prayers to the tribal deities Sammakka and Saralamma at Medaram till Friday evening. Devotees’ influx continued at the ongoing Medaram Jatara on Friday, the day meant for making offerings (mokkubadulu) after the arrival of deities, Sammakka and Saralamma at the Gaddelu (altar).
The day holds significance to the devotees as both the deities adorn the altar. The Gaddelu on which the deities were installed swelled up with the ‘Bangaram’ (jaggery) and mokkubadulu, offered by the devotees to the deities. The village witnessed hectic activity on the day with the devotees embarking on return journey after having ‘darshanam’ of the deities and making offerings and those arriving to pay their obeisance to the deities.
The queue lines were full and with every passing minute, huge numbers of devotees were joining the queue lines that run into several kilometres. According to District Collector V Karuna, on an average about 20 lakh devotees were visiting the Medaram Jatara per day since the last three days. ‘On an average about 130 devotees are having darshanam per minute’, she added.
The darshanam of deities has been going on round-the-clock without any break. The volunteers and the police at the Gaddelu had a tough time as the devotees vied to get a piece of ‘Bangaram’ from the altar, which they consider sacred. Warangal DIG B Malla Reddy informed that the devotees’ rush was increased since Thursday and it was expected that the influx of devotees would become bigger in view of government holiday on Saturday.
Meanwhile, a large number of VIPs offered their prayers to the tribal goddess on the day. Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary, Deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy, Legislative Council Chairman K Swamy Goud, Deputy CM K Srihari, ministers A Indrakaran Reddy, T Srinivas Yadav, and P Mahender Reddy, TDP MLA and noted cine actor N Balakrishna, DGP Anurag Sharma, MLA Babu Mohan, MLC P Rajeshwara Reddy and former minister B Saraiah were among the VIPs who offered prayers.
Meanwhile, devotees on their return journey were caught up in traffic jam at the TSRTC temporary bus stand in the village. The RTC Executive Director, G Satyanarayana, told The Hans India that about four lakh pilgrims used the services of the Corporation on Friday evening hours and another two lakh would be transported during the night hours.