‍‍‍Rotiyaan Ki Eid – The joy of sharing without any religious belief in Andhra Pradesh | #KhabarLive

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A culture of “Joy Sharing” without any religious beliefs to promote “Religious Integrity” by celebrating a “Festival of Given Bread” among all communities, noted and praised by many intellectuals around the world. This unique festival is celebrated in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.

Rotiyaan ki eid or Rottela Panduga is an annual three-day festival held at Bara Shaheed Dargah in Nellore. The annual event is observed in the month of Muharram as a festival of 12 martyrs whose mortal remains are buried within the compound. People visit the shrine from distant places.

The ‘Rottela Panduga’, an annual festival of roti-sharing and wish-making, is held on the sprawling banks of the Swarnala Cheruvu Reservoir in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, from October 1-5.

More than 15 lakh pilgrims and devotees from across the country are expected to attend this historic festival. This holiday symbolizes religious harmony.

What is Rottela Panduga?

Rottela Panduga (Rotiyaan ki eid or Roti Festival) will be observed from October 1 to 5, 2017 in Nellore as a state festival.

Rottela Panduga is an annual 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 the urs of 12 martyrs whose mortal remains are interred within the compound. Women who visit the shrine exchange their rotis at Nellore Tank (Swarnala Cheruvu) in fulfillment of their wishes.

The roti festival is a historical event as it has been held here in the vicinity of “Bara Shahid Dargah” for over 400 years as a sign of respect for the 12 Islamic warrior martyrs who sacrificed their lives here for the cause of their faith.

Over the decades, the Rottela Panduga has become a symbol of religious harmony considering that thousands of devotees belonging to other faiths have also participated and made their vows on the banks of Swarnala Cheruvu.

It has become 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 advancements in education, health, wealth, marriage alliances, etc. It has a multi-religious character even as many pilgrims arrive here every year from cities like Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mysore and Vijayawada.

Historical evidence

Another legend tells of the beginning of the Roti Festival, once the wife of the Nawab of this region was very ill. None of the doctors (vaidyas) could cure his disease. Thus, the Nawab announces that anyone suggesting an appropriate drug will be rewarded. Meanwhile, a couple of washermen come to Bara Shaheed Dargah and see a sick woman praying in the shrine. They decide to come back after their prayers but it is dark. So they stay on the banks of a tank near the Dargah.

The next morning, they hear about the Nawab’s announcement and realize that Dargah’s sick wife was none other than Nawab’s wife. They visit the Nawab and suggest that he take the earth from the Dargah and apply it on his wife’s forehead. The Nawab follows their instructions and soon his wife is cured.

The Roti or Rottela Panduga festival is a special and unique festival because it is about sharing, regardless of their religious beliefs. #KhabarLive #hyderabadlive #hydnews

Ruth R. Culp