Tirupati Gangamma Jathara Vesham, Jathara Schedule
|Day||Event/ Vesham Name|
|Day 1 – Tuesday||Chatimpu|
|Day 2 – Wednesday||Bairagi Vesham|
|Day 3 – Thursday||Banda Vesham|
|Day 4 – Friday||Thota Vesham|
|Day 5 – Saturday||Dhora Vesham|
|Day 6 – Sunday||Mathangi Vesham|
|Day 7 – Monday||Sunnapu Kundalu|
|Day 8 – Tuesday||Gangamma Jathara. Sapparam|
Tirupati Gangamma Jathara Vesham and History
The chieftain of this region was known for their bad treatment meted out to women. There were many cases where the women in the town were subjected to frequent harassment from the rulers. It was during this time goddess decided to bring peace in the region, She was born in Avilala which is neighbouring to Tirupati and grown up as a beautiful Women. One day, Chieftain (Palegaldu) while going around the place, saw Gangamma and approached her with bad intention. When Gangamma tried to kill him with her power, he escaped from her and was hidden in a remote place.
Gangamma devised a plan to bring the chieftain out of hiding. She planned a Ganga Jathara festival in which people from the Tirupati decorate their faces with mysterious masks and shout abuses against the Gangamma.On the 7th day, When Palegadu came out of the hiding, Goddess killed him and self-manifested here.
Chatimpu is the announcement made around Tirupati City to let everyone know that Jathara is commencing. It is usually an event which will be held on 2nd Tuesday every year, during the month of May, Gangamma Jathara will be announced. During Chatimpu no one should present in the streets. This announcement will be carried by playing musical instruments known as Dappu.
On this day devotees used to coat their body with white colour paste (Naam Kommu) and wear a garland which is made from “Rella Kaya” fruits. Devotees will hold neem leaves in their hands and also tie their waist with neem leaves. People will start by foot to the temple and will leave those neem leaves and Rella Kaya garland there at the temple after the darshan of the Goddess.
On this day devotees used to smear their body with Kumkum colour paste and ties a ribbon to the head. Devotees start to Gangamma temple by foot and will have darshan of the Goddess.
On this day devotees used to smear their body with Charcoal and wear a garland made out of neem leaves. Devotees reach Gangamma temple by food and will have darshan of the Goddess.
It is said that Goddess Adi Parakshthi in the form of Gangamma killed Chieftain who was troubling innocent people.
On this day devotees used to smear their body with Sandal paste (Chandanam) and wear a garland made out of neem leaves and lemons. Devotees reach the temple by dancing in the streets for the Dappu music all along their path.
Gangamma who Killed Palegadu in Dhora Vesham, consoled Chieftain’s wife in Mathangi Vesham.
On the sixth day of the festival, devotees smear their body with white colour paste and apply dots with charcoal. And carries a pot (Veyyi Kalla Dutta) on their head. On reaching temple devotees go around the temple for thrice by carrying the pot on their head. Leaves pot there at the temple after 3rd round and will go for Goddess Darshan.
On the 7th day of the festival, the clay idol which was built at the entrance of the main temple on day one will be destroyed into countless pieces. This event is known as ‘Champa Narukudu’. Devotees rush to collect this clay which is considered holy and will be kept at homes, some will consume by mixing this clay with water.
Gangamma Temple Address and Contact number
Sri Thataihagunta Gangamma Devasthanam,
Tirupati, Chittoor District- 517501