Kothagudem: Thousands of devotees thronged Dummugudem in Bhadradri Kothagudem district for the ongoing biannual Mutyalamma Jatara. The jatara which began on Feb 11 and concludes on Feb 19 is attracting devotees from across Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. The deity, Mutyalamma is taken out in a procession on the third, sixth and ninth day of the jatara.
The temple committee chairman A Bhaskar Rao informed that devotees and the temple committee together collected an amount of Rs 40 lakh to make arrangements for the jatara. The deity was found at an ancient structure in 1950. The locals have built a temple in 1976 and the jatara began in 1980. “This is the 20th jatara. All arrangements are made by devotees alone. We conduct annadanam everyday to feed visiting devotees,” he said.
The farmers in the agency villages donate rice and vegetables for conducting ‘annadanam’. According to Bhaskar Rao, the tribal people from Chhattisgarh and Odisha attend the jatara in large numbers, besides the locals. “Festive atmosphere prevails here during these nine days” he added.
It is believed that when the deity is brought for taking out the ceremonial procession the temple bells ring on their own. The tradition of conducting jatara once in two years began after mystical message given by the deity, Bhaskar Rao informed.