Rottela Panduga (Rotiyaan ki eid or Roti Festival) will be observed from 1st to 5th October 2017 in Nellore as a state festival.
Rottela Panduga is an annual three-day urs(festival) held at Bara Shaheed Dargah of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, India. The annual state sponsored event is observed in the month of Muharram as urs of 12 martyrs whose mortal remains are buried in the compound. Women who visit the shrine, exchange their rotis (flat indian breads) at Nellore Tank (Swarnala Cheruvu) in fulfillment of their wishes.
The three day Rottela Panduga of Nellore is slated to begin on 13th October this year. All the pilgrims would be provided free and peaceful visit to the Bara Shaheed Dargah and Swarnala Cheruvu where the festival will takes place. The Andhra Pradesh state had declared ‘Rottela Panduga’ as a state festival last year.
The tradition is being observed in the city for the past several decades at the Bara Shahid Dargah (a mausoleum of 12 tombs of martyred warriors), where lakhs of devotees would take part in the Rottela panduga, which marks the exchange of rotis among devotees cutting across religious beliefs. While some devotees leave home-made rotis as a thanksgiving for fulfillment of their past wishes, others receive such rotis seeking their wishes to be fulfilled. The rotis are exchanged seeking fulfillment of a variety of wishes, including children, marriage, job, studies, career, etc., Those who cannot bring home-made rotis can purchase them for Rs 5 to 10 near the dargah.
With pilgrims expected to visit the city from across the country and even from other countries, the city police are taking additional precautions including the use of drones to monitor security and crowd management. A command and control centre (CCC) is being set up to handle the entire event.
The world famous Rottela Panduga (roti festival) in Nellore is annual event held near Bara Shaheed Darga (Darga Mitta) in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India.
According to the legend 12 warriors sacrificed their lives in a battle with the British in 1751 near Gandavaram, Nellore. The beheaded bodies of those warriors were laid to rest at this place which came to be known as Bara Shaheed dargah.
The unique feature of the three-day festival is that devotees offer rottelu (roti or Indian bread) to the martyrs at the Bara Shaheed Darga near Nellore tank, in lieu of their fulfilled desires and those with similar wishes pick these up. It is widely believed that the warriors grant every wish of devotees offering prayers at the dargah.
People whose wishes for education, wealth, good health, etc., were fulfilled, come here to leave home made rottelu (roti or Indian bread) in Nellore tank near Bara Shaheed Darga. Those who have similar desires receive those rotis and eat them for fulfilling their desires. If their wishes are fulfilled, they come to leave rotis at the same place next year.
Many types of breads (rottelu) are being offered and searched for by devotees like Fortune Bread (Adhrusta Rotte), Marriage Bread (Pelli Rotte), Money Bread (Dabbu Rotte), Job Bread (Udyogam Rotte), Children Bread (Santhana Rotte), Health Bread (Arogyam Rotte), etc. IT professionals who want to go abroad offer Foreign Bread (Videsi Rotte). It is believed that music director AR Rahman took a holy dip in the tank and picked up Adrushta Rotte (lucky bread) before sending his entry for an Oscar Award in 2009.
Rottela Panduga is being held from 6th to 9th December this year. The main event (leaving and receiving rotis) will be on 8th December 2011. Officials are making necessary arrangements to meet the basic needs of pilgrims who come from all over the world.