Gangamma Jatara – festive fervour

Hundreds of people from the fishing community of Jalaripeta, Peda Jalaripeta, thronged the Gangamma Temple for the annual ‘jatara' on Tuesday. A festive atmosphere prevailed at the Fishing Harbour with the participants enjoying traditional folk arts like ‘samu garadilu’ and street plays.Festivities began with women taking out a huge procession carrying ‘ghatams’ and pouring turmeric water and milk into the sea as an offering to the Goddess. The fishermen believe that the Goddess had saved their lives and properties when tsunami the stuck several coastal areas in 2004.Fishing season will start from midnight of May 31 on conclusion of the annual conservation for 47 days. It is an annual ritual to seek the blessings of Goddess Gangamma for a good catch during the new season and to ensure safe voyage, says AP Mechanised Fishing Boat Operators' Association president P.C. Appa Rao. Photos: C.V. Subrahmanyam.

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