The people of Mesram came and stayed at Marrichettu along with the holy Ganga water collected from Jannaram mandal Godavari Hastina lagoon along with Nagoba idols and puja material.
Nagoba Jatara: It's time for Giri Jana Jatara. Recognized as the state festival, Nagoba Jatara will start from February 9. Nagoba temple in Keslapur of Adilabad district has been repaired for this purpose. The people of Mesram prepared to perform Mahapuja in honor of their deity Nagoba. Nagoba will be anointed with holy Ganga water at 10.30 pm on Friday night to celebrate Pushyamasa Amavasya. After that, the fair starts with Mahapuja. The official fair will continue till February 15. Collector, MP, MLAs and other officials will attend Mahapuja. Durbar will be held on February 12. State Ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, Collectors and other officials will participate in this.
The people of Mesram came and stayed at Marrichettu along with the holy Ganga water collected from Jannaram mandal Godavari Hastina lagoon along with Nagoba idols and puja material. On the morning of February 9, they arrive at Nagoba Muradi in Keslapur in a procession amidst drums, pepre and kalikom instruments. After that special pooja will be performed. Mesram clansmen of Pradhan Kita play traditional instruments. The earthen pots brought from Sirikonda required for Mahapuja are given to 22 Kitala Mesram clan women. Mesram women take the blessings of clan elders on this occasion. After bringing the holy water from the koneru near the banyan tree with new pots, the clansmen remove the old mound next to the Nagoba temple. Clan women and girls make new mounds. After that, bowls are made in the temple of Sati goddess next to the Nagoba temple by making bowls with the clay of the new mounds. This puja will continue till Friday evening. Afterwards, the Mesram clans who stayed at Marrichettu will reach the special building next to the Nagoba temple and will stay in different ways. Nagoba Mahapuja and traditional pujas are performed from there.
Mahapuja is like this..
After completing the traditional pujas, the people of Mesram anoint the Nagoba temple and idol with the holy Ganga water brought from the Hastina lagoon in honor of the new moon of the month of Pushya. Mahapuja starts at 10.30 pm. In this no one is allowed except the elders of the clan. After the Mahapuja, the public representatives, officials and devotees are invited by offering Mahapuja harati. The people of Mesram declare that the fair begins with Mahapuja.
Batting of new brides
After the Mahapuja, after 1 o'clock in the night, they reach the Nagoba temple with traditional instruments from Govad and start bating (introduction of Nagoba deity). New brides come to Nagoba's presence dressed in white. The daughters-in-law who come to bat are offered special pooja at the temple of Goddess Sati next to the Nagoba temple. After that, the new daughters-in-law take the blessings of the clan elders. After this process, the Mesram elders feel that the new daughters-in-law have completely joined their clan. The process will continue till Saturday morning.
Worship of goddesses Persephone and Ban
After the Mahapuja, Mesram clansmen will perform pooja to Persepane (big god) and Ban deities behind the temple. The men of the clan would worship and make offerings to Persephone (the great god). Only men of the clan participate in these pujas. At the same time Mesram women and newly married brides worship Goddess Ban. Holy water is brought from the Koneru at the banyan tree and the old Ban deities are removed and new Ban deities are made and special pujas are performed.
Bethal Pujas before Govad
After completing the traditional pujas along with the Mahapuja, Mesram clansmen will perform Bethal Pujas in front of Govad, a special structure. Mesram clansmen of Pradhan Kita, newly betrothed new daughters-in-law and clan women offer gifts in Bethal Puja. Afterwards, clan elders hold bamboo sticks and perform betal dances. After finishing Nagoba Puja with Bethal dances, they leave for Utnoor Shyampur Budundev Temple.