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Adivasis take part in Pushkaralu for first time

A group of Adivasi girls taking a holy dip in Godavari at Chintaguda in Jannaram mandal in Adilabad district.- Photo: S. Harpal Singh

A group of Adivasi girls taking a holy dip in Godavari at Chintaguda in Jannaram mandal in Adilabad district.- Photo: S. Harpal Singh  

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Curiosity, fostered by media coverage of Pushkaralu is bringing the Adivasis of Adilabad to the banks of river Godavari to participate in the mega event, perhaps for the first time in history. Though Adivasis pay homage and respect to their departed in a ceremony called ‘sana kaida’, their culture and traditions do not include ‘pinda pradanam’ as in the case of Pushkaralu held every 12 years on the banks of Godavari and other perennial rivers in the country.

The ‘sana kaida’ is performed between the full moon following Dasara and the amavasya every year at designated places which are close to respective villages. The tribal people sacrifice animals praying for the peace of the dead.

The Gonds, Kolams, Pardhans and Thottis who are natives of Adilabad love and revere the Godavari, the Penganga and the Wainganga rivers which flow on the southern and northern fringes of the district. All the clans within these aboriginal tribes take holy baths at designated spots in these rivers but only during their festivals and religious events.

For example, the Mesram clan of Gonds visit the Hastinamadugu in Godavari near Kalamadugu in Jannaram mandal to fetch the sacred river water in the Poos month or January and in the Bhave month or in May. Gonds living on the northern borders give the ritual bath to their clan deities in Penganga and Wainganga rivers. Those living in the southern parts perform the Padmalpuri Kako puja at the end of the Ghusadi dance season after Diwali in Godavari at Gudirevu near Mancherial.

“We came here after coming to know of the great event from newspapers,” was how young Arka Sunitha, a Gond of Utnoor mandal headquarter put it. “We wanted to see the festivities and take a dip in the river for ourselves,” she adds pointing towards the flowing river at the Chintagudem pushkar ghat in Jannaram. The group of about 15 Adivasi women straight away reached a spot in the river where water was flowing and made merry in the water for about 30 minutes. They did not engage the services of a purohit on the banks of the river as required when performing ‘pinda danam’ for departed souls in the family.

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