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Vooru Panduga at Nizamabad in Telangana

Vooru Panduga is observed on first Sunday at Nizamabad during the waning phase of moon in Ashada month (July – August) as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Telangana. People of the region organize it for a good harvest in the coming year. It is also observed for peace, prosperity and good health. in 2015, Vooru Panduga date is August 2.

In Vooru Panduga, new murtis (idols) of Mother Goddess are created and installed at Goddess Saradamba temple in Nizamabad.

The murtis are carved out of mango tree wood.

The carving of murtis begin on the Tuesday before the Sunday when the festival is held. On Tuesday, village servants pour bandaru on streets.

Village servants known as Kamdars receive the murti from the carpenters on Saturday.

The murtis are then placed at the altar of Goddess Saradamb, at the footsteps of Indur fort in Nizamabad.

On Sunday, the murtis are taken in a huge procession around the town. Thousands of devotees gather to witness the procession.

During the festival clothes are offered to the goddess.

A prasadam known as sare is prepared on the day and is distributed.

Some devotees also sacrifice animals like sheep, goats and chicken on the day.