Thousands of transgenders gathered at the Sammakka Sarakka jatara at Medaram village in Warangal district of Telangana on Saturday. Laila, who heads a large group of transgenders in Telangana, said they come for the jatara with devotion to patronise goddesses. “We pray to Shakti, the female deities. We consider ourselves part of the shakti. At Vemulawada, we consider Rajanna our consort and make offerings there," Laila told Media.
Transgenders from various parts of the country gathered in the village raising temporary sheds all over. They were seen moving in good numbers, dancing, invoking goddess unto them and going in a procession to offer their prayers. The transgenders adorned their settlements with portraits of Sammakka and Sarakka and offered prayers before proceeding to the altar. Laila said the jataras provide them an opportunity to meet.
“It is devotion that brings us all to the jatara. We love to meet and we share a lot. We have members of our community from Delhi, Mumbai, Andhra Pradesh, Chennai and from across Telangana," Navaneeta, another member camping in Medaram, said.
Vana pravesham:- The Sammakka Sarakka jatara came to a close with the tribal priests performing the ritual called “vana pravesham", where the deities are taken back to their places symbolising the closing of the fair. The next jatara will be held in 2018.