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.
Rottela Panduga is being celebrated from Tuesday at the Barashahid Dargah on the banks of Swarnala Cheruvu. All roads in Nellore are leading towards the Nellore tank. Devotees from different religions from all corners of the world offered prayers at Bara Shaheed Dargah and exchanged rotis. . This festival symbolises religious harmony
History says that 12 religious warriors had laid down their lives for the sake of spreading Islam in South India in the 1780s. When they were touring Tamilnadu, the warriors took part in a fierce battle with rival forces at Gandhavaram village, Kodavalur mandal before they were slaughtered. The heads which were slaughtered were at Gandhavaram , but the bodies were brought to Swarnala Cheruvu, Nellore with the help of horses. According to the religious leaders, the Khaji of Nellore has seen these 12 warriors in his dream and they told him to construct dargah at Nellore tank and also at Gandhavaram village where there were chopped off. Rottela Panduga is considered a novel way of thanksgiving to Baara Shaheed( 12 warriors) by devotees after their wishes get fulfilled following a visit to the Dargah.
It became a tradition to exchange rotis to mark the special occasion which has become famous as the Roti festival. Devotees believe that their wishes will come true if they visit dargah during the festival. Devotees make different wishes related to education progress, health, wealth, marriage alliances and so on. This year devotees were making wishes for the development of AP.
District administration had made elaborate arrangements for pilgrims. AP minister P.Narayana, Mayor Abdul Azeez and Muncipal Corporation commissioner Chakdradhar are supervising the arrangements of the festival. E-Toilets have been arranged for women. Parking lots were arranged temporarily and are illuminated. Many private Organizations have also come forward to help the devotees by distributing water, food and guiding them.
Rottela Panduga or the Roti festival is an annual religious event organised at Bara Shaheed Dargah in Nellore city, will be held at the Swarnala Cheruvu for three days starting from November 4th . More than 5 lakh devotees from across the world are expected to visit Nellore on these days.
A devotee whose wishes are fulfilled brings rotis and walk knee-deep in to the Cheruvu (tank) and leaves the roti to another devotee who wants to make wishes at the dargah.
District administration is making elaborate arrangements for pilgrims coming from several states and countries.
The just concluded Rottela Panduga has attracted over 5 lakh people. The rotte in highest demand was the job rotte. A lot of young boys and girls were seen looking for the job rotte.
APSRTC Nellore Regional Manager Komariah, informed on friday that APSRTC earned 16 lakhs, operating special buses to cater to the pilgrims of the Rottela Panduga.
AP Tourism Boating has reported that it has earned 4 lakhs operating joy ride boating services for the pilgrims.
The hundi collections as counted by the Darga committee stand at Rs14,83,150. This is Rs3,73,150 more than last year’s collection.
I was travelling to Chennai from Nellore on the day of Rottela Panduga (8-dec-2011). I have spotted at least 20 KSRTC buses on NH5. I spotted them in areas near Venkatachalam, Gudur, Naidupet, at a small Darga near Doravarisatram. Almost at all places the pilgrims who had come to Nellore Rottela Panduga were relaxing on the road side enjoying their food. The last four red KSRTC buses, I have seen were at the integrated interstate check post near Tada.
All these pilgrims have chartered buses from interior parts of Karnataka and most have reached Nellore this morning. After catching/leaving rottelu and visiting the Baarashid Darga, they have set out to see other places of importance on their way back to Karnataka. If I could spot 20 buses in one stretch in a span of 3 hours, one can guess how many more buses would have come. I could also spot lot of private buses, Tata Aces which brought people to the festival.
Incidentally, it was on this trip to Chennai, I spotted the tailor who came to Nellore Rottela panduga in a auto from Tirupathi.
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.