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Medaram Jatara: Asia’s Largest Tribal Festival


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Medaram Jatara, Tribes gathered, historical background

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Medaram Jatara


  • People have started shopping ahead of Asia’s largest tribal festival, the Medaram Jatara. Devotees offer jaggery equivalent to their weight to the deities, Sammakka and Saralamma, during the festival.

About Medaram Jatara

Origin Rooted in the legend of Sammakka and Sarakka, a revered mother-daughter duo among the local tribal community.
Historical Significance Commemorates the 13th-century battle of Sammakka and Sarakka against then local Kakatiya rulers’ taxation of the Koya people.
Location Mulugu, Telangana, India
Frequency Biennial festival
Attendance Attracts around 1.5 crore devotees from various tribal and non-tribal communities from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh but also from as far as Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra
Political & Social Impact Declared as a State Festival in 1996;

Receives active support from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Telangana state government.

Infrastructure Development Funds allocated for community shelters and infrastructure in and around Medaram.
Ministry Support Active participation and significant financial backing from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Telangana state government.
Tribal Circuit Development Ministry of Tourism sanctions funds for the integrated development of the tribal circuit.

Try this PYQ:

Consider the following pairs:

Traditions Communities
Chaliha Sahib Festivals Sindhis
Nanda Raj Jaat Yatra Gonds
Wari-Warkari Santhals

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) None of the above

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a. 1 only


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