Ganga Jatara near Tirupati – Gangamma Jathara

Ganga Jatara or Gangamma Jathara is the folk festival celebrated at Thathayagunta near Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. In 2011, the 8-day Gangamma Jatara begins on May 10 and ends on May 17. Ganga Jatara, most popularly known as Thathayagunta Gangamma Jatara, is very similar to Sammakka Sarakka Jathara celebrated at Medaram near Warangal in Telangana region of the state. This week-long tribal festival (Ganga Jatara) is dedicated to worship Goddess Matangi.

Women carry ‘Vadibalu containing a Kumkuma bharine (sacred bowl full of kumkum), blouse piece, pasupu (turmeric powder), and a duvvena (comb) and visit the temple with singing and dancing all the way from their houses. Offering ‘Sunnapu Kundalu, ‘Sapparalu, and ‘Abhishekam are other major rituals of the Jatara.

Lacs of devotees participate in Ganga Jatara from all across the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.

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