What is the story of Sammakka and Sarakka?

What is the story of Sammakka and Sarakka?

According to a tribal story, during 13th century, a troop from the Koya tribal community was returning from a trip when they saw a little girl playing with the tigers. The head of the troop saw the girl and inspired by her bravery, he adopted her and named her as Sammakka.

Are Sammakka Sarakka sisters or mother and daughter?

Warangal : The Sammakka-Saralamma jatara, a biennial tribal festival, marks the sacrifice by Sammakka and Saralamma — a mother-daughter duo – against the powerful Kakatiya rulers’ unjust tax law. The four-day tribal festival begins at Medaram in Jayashankar Bhupalapalli district and attracts millions of people.

How did Sammakka and Sarakka become folk goddesses?

Sammakka and Sarakka are the formless goddesses. Caskets representing them are brought from the forests in an elaborate procession, gaily decorated and placed on the platform under a tree. At that time devotees feel the spirits or goddess has taken possession of them. The people offer Bangaram, Jaggery to the goddess.

How old is Sammakka Sarakka?

According to a tribal story, about 6-7 centuries ago, that is in the 13th century, some tribal leaders who went for a hunting found a new born girl (Sammakka) emitting enormous light playing amidst tigers. She was taken to their habitation, and the head of the tribe adopted her and brought up as a chief.

Who brings Sammakka Sarakka?

The rituals related to the Goddesses are entirely conducted by the Koya Tribe priests, in accordance with Koya customs and traditions. Until 1955, about 2,000 people used to visit Medaram, of which the majority 1,500 belonging to the Koya tribe….

Sammakka Saralamma Jatara
Frequency every 2 years

Who is Mother Sammakka Sarakka?

She was married to Pagididda Raju, the tribal chief of the Koyas. The Kakatiyas (who ruled the region with its headquarters in Warangal City between 1000 AD and 1380 AD). Sammakka had two daughters and one son, Sarakka, Nagulamma, and Jampanna.

Which district is Sammakka Sarakka?

Warangal district
Sammakka Sarakka Jathara or Medaram Jathara is the largest tribal religious congregation in the country. The biannual Jathara takes place at Medaram village of Tadvai Mandal in Warangal district, in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh.

Why do we celebrate Sammakka Sarakka?

It commemorates the fight of a mother and daughter,” Sammakka and Saralamma” (also known as Sarakka), with the reigning rulers against an unjust law. There are many legends about the miraculous powers of Sammakka.

Where did the battle between the Kakatiya armies and Jampanna the son of Sarakka took place?

A fierce battle took place on the banks of Sampangi vagu (stream), a tributary of Godavari river. Pagididda Raju, his daughters and son-in-law Govinda Raju (husband of Sarakka) were killed. Sammakka’s son bled to death in the Sampangi vagu (stream), turning it red and was henceforth called Jampanna Vagu.

Is Sammakka Sarakka real?

Sammakka Sarakka Jatara is a tribal Hindu festival, held at about 100km from Warangal city. It is the time for the largest tribal congregation in the world, held every two years (biennial), with approximately ten million people converging on the place, over a period of four days.