Adilabad, January 28
The week-long Nagoba Jatara, which drives away the darkness of Amavasya and ushers in Punnami Velugu, was launched in Keslapur village of Indervelli mandal of Adilabad district on Friday midnight.
The rituals commenced with Mesram community elders performing the ‘mahapuja’ with sacred water from Ganga River. Priests performed traditional puja to the new earthen pots brought from Sirikonda.
Nagoba Jatara commences every year on the day of Amavasya in Pushya Masam and is conducted for six days.
Mesram community in South India prays to the Keslapur Nagoba god. It is their tradition to introduce their new daughters-in-law to the God. People of the Mesram community from Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh come to the Jatara to fulfill their vows.
They reached the Banyan tree with Godavari river water on Wednesday night and stayed there. After midnight, they performed ‘Toom’ (post death rituals) and performed pathbhagwan pujan.
Mesram elders gathered information of people of their community coming from other states. These people wear white clothes on Friday morning and fill earthen pots with temple tank water and start to Nagoba temple on foot.
Adilabad District Collector Jyothi Buddha Prakash, Mancherial District Collector and ITDA in-charge RV Karnan, Utnoor RDO Vidyasagar and others supervised the arrangements for the Jatara.