When it comes to jataras, there are many well-known as well others which are not so prominent, which are held in Telangana. While there are some annual events such as the Samakka Sarakka jatara which are very popular and attract lakhs of visitors, there are smaller gatherings where the visitors may be limited to people from the neighbouring villages.
One such yatra we came across was the Jogulamba Temple Jatara near Gadwal. We were told that the yatra happens on a Tuesday every month. Luckily, we just happened to be there at the right place at the right time. There was a carnival-type atmosphere at the place as people from
nearby areas arrived in trucks and big autos with their families and set up makeshift tents for spending a night or two. The attraction was understandable as it offers a break from the daily routine while earning the blessings of Goddess Jogulamba, which is a Shakti Peeth.
This jatara witnessed huge crowds and people had to queue up for hours together to get a darshan of the Goddess. As the adults waited, the children took the opportunity to play in the open beside the river. The festive vibe reflected in the shops as well, which had set up shop there for the event and sold all necessities apart from local sweets and savouries. A common feature of this jatara was the animal sacrifice; everyone brings a goat for sacrifice and offers it to the Goddess with rice and sweets. It is then served as prasadam and consumed by the entire family.
Though I really enjoyed the jatara watching the activities of people, there was a lot left to be undone as well. As there was no proper waste disposal system in place, the pilgrims threw the disposable plates on the ground leading to piles of garbage strewn around the area. The absence of toilet facilities for pilgrims ended in many defecating in the open on river banks. So in addition to the garbage, there was a stink that permeated the area. The administration should definitely look into this and provide better sanitation facilities as the lack of this can lead to diseases and health problems. After taking some pictures, we left to see the other places around.
How to reach the place
It’s best to drive there. Gadwal Jogulamba Temple is located at a little distance away from the district hq town of Gadwal. It is about 180 km from Hyderabad. We went by bike and it took us about four hours to reach there. Gadwal also has excellent connectivity by train or bus, but for moving around, you will have to hire a vehicle.
If you have time to spare, travellers can also visit the Chennakesava Swamy temple, Anjaneya Swamy temple Beechupally, Wanaparthy, Koilsagar Dam, Sangameshwar Temple, Jurala Dam and the nearby Chintaruvela temple.
You can stay at the Haritha Hotel which is very close to the temple. You can stay in Gadwal at Venkateshwara Lodge, which offers decent accommodation options with clean AC rooms.
Mornings and evenings are the best times to go there.