Medaram(Jayashankar-Bhupalpally): With the Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu’s visit to Medaram likely to attract the nationwide attention, it could well be a shot in the arm for the Telangana government which is trying tooth and nail to get national status for the tribal fiesta - Sammakka-Saralammajatara.

“It can easily be called as Adivasi KumbhMela with the jatara attracting millions of devotees from right across the country,” Naidu said. I hope my visit in the capacity of Vice-President is likely to attract nationwide attention, he hoped, stating that it was his privilege to be in Medaram.

Long back I was here, but there is no trace of that image as the jatara underwent a drastic transformation, he said, referring to the aerial view of Medaram that he had seen from the helicopter. The State government has made huge arrangements for the convenience of the pilgrims, he said.

Naidu said that India is a country possessed with wide array of culture, heritage and tradition that we need to carry forward them for peace and harmony. Further, he called upon the people to lead an exemplary life following the path shown by the ancestors.
“Medaram has got  people’s recognition even though it is not given the national status,” Naidu said, responding to a query.

Earlier, the Vice-President offered prayers at the altars of Sammakka and Saralamma deities. He performed ‘Tulabharam’ wherein the jaggery equal to his weight was offered to the deities.

Speaker SirikondaMadhusudhana Chary, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari, Endowments Minister AIndrakaran Reddy, Women Cooperative Finance Corporation Chairman Gundu Sudharani and Mahabubabad MP A Sitaram Naik were among others present.