The aboriginal tribals had darshan of the deity as they waited for serpentine queue lines since early morning
Mancherial: The three-day-long Gandhari Maisamma jatara concluded on a colourful note at the historic Gandhari Fort on the outskirts of Bomkalagutta village in Mandamarri Mandal on Sunday. A large number of devotees congregated at the holy place on the final day.
Integrated Tribal Development Authority (ITDA)-Utnoor project officer Bhavesh Mishra, authorities of Mandamarri mandal and local public representatives were present and received petitions submitted by the tribals during a grievance reddressal programme. They earlier performed special prayers and took part in rituals of the fair.
The aboriginal tribals had darshan of the deity as they waited for serpentine queue lines since early morning. Artistes of this community presented traditional dance forms Thappetagullu and Pillanagovi, and many other art forms. They also showcased oral art forms on Saturday, enthralling audiences.
On the second day night, the elders of Rodda clan and priests revered Maisamma by performing Pedda Puja, the main event of the affair. They purified the deity and performed traditional rituals at the idol of the deity situated atop of the hillock. They drew Patnam, a unique drawing pattern to appease the Goddess.
The tribals camped under the trees and woods. They dined and celebrated along with family members and friends. They swarmed an ancient picturesque tank near the fort for taking photos. They gathered herbal plants found on the top of the hillock and at foothills for curing certain diseases. They arrived at the holy place, using different means of transit including trolleys, lorries, vans, auto-rickshaws and two-wheelers.
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