Tribal woman drinks two kilograms of sesame oil to prove her purity. A salute to women’s empowerment.

A holy month in the Hindu calendar year, Pushya or Pus Aao, ethnic tribes worship their deity Khamdev at a five-day fair known as Khamdev Jatara.

The traditions of tribal tribes are always unique compared to those who live in the plains and urban areas. In a typical secular practice, women belonging to the Thodasam clan of the Raj Gond tribe “test” two kilograms of sesame oil for the sake of the farmers, to prove their purity. 

Pushya or Pus Aao is a holy month in the Hindu calendar year, with ethnic tribes worshiping their deity Khamdev at a five-day fair known as Khamdev Jatara.

They gather in the premises of the temple of Devi. They offer special prayers. A woman, paternal sister of the Thodasam clan, extracts two kilograms of sesame oil, which is extracted three times by the cold press method.

As part of the rituals of the annual religious affair, Madavi Ethanabai drank the oil easily in the presence of clans and locals at the center of Narnur Mandal on Friday. She only did this feat last year. Will be replaced by another paternal sister from the Thodasam clan once he completes the last round of his next year. This cycle moves forward as tribes attach paramount importance to respecting their ancient traditions.

A large clan from Thodasam Nagorao village in Mankapur village told Ang Telangana Today that this clan has been practicing the ritual called Neyunval Khayya since ancient times. “Women are required to drink oil to prove their purity on the lines of Sita at the time of the ordeal described in the Ramayana. His act is also for the good of his brothers and the prosperity of the farmers.

Older said that women who participate in the test will not develop any complications after consuming the oil. “The participants had no health problems or digestive problems. They claimed that they should participate by 9 a.m. on that work day, they could do regular activities at home or on the farm and follow their normal diet for the rest of the day.

Important religious affair of the Thodasam clan

According to tribal tribes, Khomdev Jatara is an important religious issue of members of the Thodasam dynasty. Members not only from many parts of the district, but also from the neighboring states of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh gather at the premises of the Year of Pilgrims with great pomp and ceremony. They travel through ox carts to reach the holy place. They camp in temporary tents for five days.

In a typical secular practice, women belonging to the Thodasam clan of the Raj Gond tribe “test” the purity, well-being of their brothers and the consumption of two kilograms of sesame oil for the benefit of the farmers. every year.

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