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Medaram Jatara, a National Festival?

Days after the state government sought the national festival status for the Sammakka-Saralamma (Sarakka) Jatara to be held at Medaram in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district for four days starting from January 31, the central government seems to be considering the proposal positively.

Sammakka Saralamma Jathara, also known as Medaram Sammakka Sarakka Jatara, is the largest tribal fair in the world. It is held once in two years with lot of gusto for 4 days during Magha Purnima.

The Narendra Modi government was in favour of declaring the Medaram Jatara, biggest tribal festival, as a national festival, BJP senior leader and former Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya said while addressing mediapersons here on Sunday. He said Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes chairman Nand Kumar and some other Union ministers would attend the tribal festival, which will begin on January 31. According to him, Jual Oram might announce the Centre’s decision to accord national festival status to Medaram Jatara during his visit.

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