Sri Thathaya Gunta Gangamma Jathara Days:
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
Sri Thathaya Gunta Gangamma Jathara Vesham
Day 1 Chatimpu:
Chatimpu is the announcement made around the city of Tirupati for everyone to know that Jathara begins. Usually, this is an event that will take place on the second Tuesday of each year, during the month of May, Gangamma Jathara will be announced. During Chatimpu nobody should appear in the streets. This announcement will be made playing musical instruments known as Dappu.
Day 2 Bairagi Vesham:
On this day devotees covered their body with white paste (Naam Kommu) and used a garland of fruits “Rella Kaya”. The devotees hold neem leaves in their hands and also tie their waist with neem leaves. People will start walking towards the temple and leave these neem leaves and Rella Kaya graland there in the temple after the darshan of the goddess Gangamma.
Day 3 Banda Vesham:
On this day, the devotees used to anoint their bodies with Kumkum paste and tied a ribbon to their head. The Devtoees starts to the temple of Gangamma on foot and will have the darshan of the Goddess Gangamma.
Day 4 Thota Vesham:
On this day, the devotees used to anoint their bodies with charcoal and wears a neem leaves garland. The devotees reach the temple of Gangamma through food and they will have the darshan of the goddess Gangamma.
Day 5 Dhora Vesham:
It is said that the goddess Adi Parakshthi, in the form of Gangamma, killed Chieftain who troubled innocent people.
On this day, the devotees used to anoint their bodies with Sandal paste and wears a graland made out of neem leaves and lemons. Devotees reach the temple by dancing in the streets in search of Dappu music along their way.
Day 6 Mathangi Vesham:
Gangamma, who killed Palegadu in Dhora Vesham, comforted Chieftain’s wife in Mathangi Vesham.
Day 7 Sunnapu Kundalu:
On the sixth day of the festival, the devotees anoint their body with white paste and apply dots with charcoal. And carries a pot (Veyyi kalla Dutta) on their head. Upon reaching the temple the devotees goes around the temple three times carrying the pot on their head. Leaves the pot there in the temple after the 3rd round and go for the goddess Darshan.
Day 8 Gangamma Jathara, Sapparam:
On the seventh day of the festival, the clay idol that was built at the entrance of the main temple on the first day will be destroyed in countless pieces. This event is known as “Champa Narukudu”. The devotees rush to collect this clay which is considered sacred and will be kept in the houses, some will consume by mixing this clay with water.
Tirupati Gangamma Temple Address:
Sri Tataiahgunta Gangamma Devasthanam
Andhra Pradesh – 517501
EO Phone Number: 9052174494; 8142149362.