Peddagattu Jathara in Nalgonda district of Telangana, One of the biggest fairs in India

Peddagattu Jathata, also known as Lingamanthula Jathara, is held once in two years at Durajpalli in Nalgonda district of Telangana. In 2017, Peddagattu Jatara is being celebrated from February 12 to February 16.

It is celebrated at Lingamanthula Swamy Temple at Durajpalli prior to Maha Shivaratri in Magha masam as per Telugu calendar. This Jatara is one of the biggest fairs in India and second largest in Telangana after Sammakka Sarakka Jatara held at Medaram in Warangal district. It is estimated that nearly 20 lakh devotees will visit the temple during the festival.

Devotees offer pot-full of rice and worship Lord Shiva (Lingamanthula swamy) for a great agricultural year. Durajpalli is located at a distance of 140 kilometers from Hyderabad.

According to history, this religious congregation has been celebrated since 16th century. Even it is still been celebrated with the government funds. The festival is protected by police and assisted by volunteers during 3-day period.

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