Nagoba Jatara is an annual important religious and cultural affair of members of the Mesaram clan
Adilabad: The five-day long Nagoba Jatara concluded with Mesarams traditionally worshipping Betal, a deity of the tribals on the premises of the shrine and leaving the holy place by bullock cart at Keslapur village in mandal on Monday evening. Nagoba Jatara is an annual important religious and cultural affair of members of the Mesaram clan.
Chief of Mesarams Venkat Rao lit a lamp and formally inaugurated the ritual of worshipping the deity. Half a dozen Raj Gond elders jumped in the air reportedly after getting possessed by Betal god. They exhibited their fighting prowess by rotating large sticks that represent the god. Pradhan Mesram Tukdoji and Dadarao explained the legend behind Betal puja to male and female Mesarams separately.
Women cleansed the feet of elders of the clan near Gowad, a holy structure near the shrine. Men and women danced to folk songs and music played by traditional instruments. The tribal families met with each other by their make-shift tents. They exchanged pleasantries and were visibly happy to congregate at the shrine and for successfully worshiping Nagoba in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.
The Mesarams left for Shyampur village in Utnoor by bullock carts from Keslapur at 6 pm. The members of the clan would revere Bhudumdev, another deity at Shyampur before returning to their native places. Head of the clan Mesaram Venkat Rao, priest or Katoda Mesram Hanumantha Rao, pradhan Mesram Tukdoji, Tirupati and many others were present.
About 30,000 devotees belonging to several parts of Telangana and neighboring Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh visited the temple and performed prayers.
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