Saturday, August 20, 2022
Andhra Pradesh

Fairs and Festivals


Ayak or Bhimana 

This festival is celebrated by Kolam tribal inhabiting Laindiguda, Utmur Taluq Adilabad district.  This falls in the Kolam month of satti.  Ayak also known as Bhimana or Bhimdev, is the principal deity of the Kolams.  He is represented by a carved wooden mace usually crowned with a bunch of peacock feathers, a pot containing pher or a belt of bells, marwar or anklets and small dolls made of mud.  All these are kept in a thatched shed. On a Thursday, the relies of  Bhimama are brought and kept in the heart of the village in a small green lead enclosure. On the first day a fowl or a goat is sacrificed.  On the following day the relics of the dirty are taken to Mohamloddi, a hill stream about eighteen kilometers from the village for bathing the deity.  After bringing back the deity to bath in the evening, a buffalo purchased collectively is sacrificed.  Fowl and goats are sacrificed by individuals to fulfill their vows.  The meat of the scarified animal is cooked and eaten by all the people of the tribe.  Before meal is served to all the priest carrying cooked jowar mixed with the food of the sacrificed animals, goes around the village and places small quantities of it on all the cornerstones and comes back.  The deity is taken to its original abode the following day. This festival last for three days. It is confined to Kolam tribals only. They do not allow people of other communities to be present at the time of sacrifice.