Hyderabad: Thousands of people have thronged in Keslapur to participate in the Nagoba Jatara in Indervelli Mandal of Adilabad district.
The Nagoba Jatara, which is believed to be the second largest fair after Sammakka Sarakka Jatara of Mulugu district, is officially organized by the Telangana Government. The Nagoba fair starts on Pushya Amavasya every year.
Godavari water brought from Kalamadugu Hastinamadugu in Jannaram Mandal, 80 km away on foot, is kept at the Banyan tree in Keslapur one day before Pushya Amavasya. The next day, at midnight, Mesram clans-men perform puja and start the fair. Later, the district officials will perform puja. Apart from Telangana, a large number of Adivasis and common devotees from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh flock to the fair. Mesram Rama and Gangaram from the Pradhan tribes play the traditional tribal instrument kikri and listen to the history of the Nagoba and Mesram clans. Drinking water, bio-toilets and emergency medical facilities have been arranged to avoid inconvenience to the devotees.The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) will run buses on this route via Keslapur. (INN)