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Thousands offer prayers at ‘jammi chettu'

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Upholding tradition: Continuing Pandava tradition, devout offer worship to sacred jammi chetu(Sami tree) on Sunday night.

ONGOLE: All roads led to sacred ‘Jammi chettu' in Kothapeta in the town as thousands of people thronged to offer their prayers to the Sami tree (botanical name Prosopis spicegera) late on Sunday, for their well-being.

As per tradition, processional deities from various temples in the town were brought to the Centre on the last day of Dasara for a stay beneath the sacred tree.

Young and old enthusiastically got together for “Dasara Paruveta'' as part of the celebrations involving a lot of fun and merry-making.

The tree is found in temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Kumaraswamy and worshipped by people down the ages, locals recall as they took turns to worship it, believing that Goddess “Aparajita Devi'' lived in it.

The locals recall that the tree in the town had been uprooted due to cyclonic storm surge in the 1970's.

But it got a new lease of life after that.

The legend has it that the Pandavas had hidden their weapons on top of the tree to hoodwink Kauravas and evade another spell of stay in the forests.

They offered worship to their weapons by bringing them down from the tree top, on the auspicious Vijayadasami day, before leading a battle against Kauravas.

The reference to the sacred tree aspect has been made in the Mahabharata Book VIII: Karna Parva, Chapter 30, verse 24.

In olden days, kings used to perform pujas to their weapons and chariots under this tree.

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