Tribal fair concludes

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The four-day biennial tribal festival Sammakka Saralamma Jatara was concluded on Saturday with the return of goddesses into the forest.

Karimnagar: The four-day biennial tribal festival Sammakka Saralamma Jatara was concluded on Saturday with the return of goddesses into the forest. The priests took the deities into the forest amid traditional rituals. Except a minor incident in Godavarikhani, the entire event went off peacefully. Tribal priests, who came from Medaram, refused to perform pujas in the temple and threatened to return as they were hit by the local police.

It may be recalled that the cops have attacked the priests during a scuffle that took place while they were bringing Sammakka to the altar from the nearby Janagama village. Later, they withdrew their decision with the involvement of organisers.

Devotees from different parts of the State and adjacent states visited Jatara held in 83 places across the district. The pilgrims’ influx has begun with the arrival Saralamma on February 17 and continued on February 18 when Sammakka was reached. Maximum number of devotees visited Jatara on Friday as both the deities were at the altars.

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