Gangamma Temple, Thirupathi

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Sri Thathaya Gunta Gangamma is Grama Devatha of Tirupati town. Once upon a time when Tirupati and surrounding areas are ruled by “Palegondulu”, harassment on women was enormous - they use to rape and harass any woman seen. During this time, in a village “Avilala”, the Goddess Gangamma was born and grew into a most beautiful women. When the Palegondulu want harm Goddess Gangamma, she with her grace and power tried to kill him. Palegondulu, fearing her, hid in a remote place.

To take him out of hiding, the Gangamma planned “Ganga Jathra” where the people in Tirupathi do vichitra veshadarana and curse Gangamma for a period of 7 days. It is celebrated on the 2nd Tuesday of May. On the seventh day, the“Palegondulu” comes out of hiding and is killed by Goddess Gangamma for the “LokaKalyanam”

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Source: Thirupathi