The Telangana State Tourism Department, in collaboration with a private aviation company, will offer helicopter service from Hanamkonda to Medaram to devotees of the tribal fair from Wednesday onwards.
Thumby Aviation Private Limited operates a helicopter service to Medaram in Mulugu district for the Sammakka Sarakka Jatara, Asia’s largest tribal fair.
Officials say those in good health and with limited time can fly to Medaram from Hanamkonda for a short trip to pray. The helicopter will take off from the grounds of the Arts and Science College in Hanamkonda and land in Medaram village.
The operator charges Rs 19,999 per head for up and down rides. It will also operate the chopper for aerial views of Medaram for a fee of Rs 3,700 per person.
M. Shivaji, the district tourism officer, stated that those who can afford to fly and those who prefer not to stay put due to the Covid-19 scare can use the helicopter service.
The four-day event, known as Telangana’s Kumbh Mela, is expected to draw 1.25 crore devotees, according to officials.
The biennial event will begin on Wednesday in Medaram, approximately 240 kilometres from Hyderabad.
Tribals and non-tribals from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and other states will gather for the fair, which celebrates tribal traditions.
According to officials, many devotees have already visited Medaram to offer prayers in honour of Covid-19.
Approximately four lakh devotees have already visited Medaram in the days leading up to the Jatara.
Adivasis from several states along the Godavari River gather once every two years to commemorate the valour of legendary warriors Sammakka and Sarakka.
The tribes worship them as goddesses and applaud their bravery in attempting to protect them. The mother-daughter duo belonged to the Koya tribe and died while fighting against the Kakatiya empire about eight centuries ago.
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