Thursday, February 9, 2023
Andhra Pradesh

Fairs and Festivals


Ankamma Festival

Ankamma festival is celebrated for five days in the month of Ashadha.  The deity is placed in a palanquin and taken in a procession early in the morning.  The floor is decorated with rangavali.  A heap of cooked rice is offered and a ram is sacrificed on the evening of the following day.  Ankamma on a tiger - shaped vehicle and her sister Mahalakshmamma on a jackal - shaped vehicle are taken to a four- shelled cart, along with a basket. 

The villagers drop neem leaves and cooked rice into the basket.  A lizard, a pig, a goat, a fowl and a human form made of flour are impaled on the spikes of the cart.  The procession goes to the temple accompanied by the music and dance.  On the fourth day devotees observe a fast and fulfill their vows.  Balls of rice flour and jaggery are offered to Ankamma, Mahalakshmamma, poleramma and poturaj carts with vessels of cooked rice and bengal gram are taken around the temple and offered to the deity.  A ram and a goat are sacrificed to Ankamma, Mahalakshmamma respectively.  On the fifty day, Ankamma and Mahalakshmamma go hunting towards the north of the village on the respective vehicles.  There a ram's ear is cut and the ram is driven to the temple.  All things necessary for a feast to Ankamma and her relatives are provided in the temple and its doors are closed for three days.  It is believed that if anyone opens the door within these three days, his head would break into pieces.