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Yellamma Devi Yatra at Honwad Village in Bijapur District in Karnataka

Yellamma Devi Yatra at Honwad Village is observed in Chaitra month (March – April). It is the annual fair and festival at the Yellamma Devi Temple at Honwad Village in Bijapur District in Karnataka. Various unique pujas and rituals are held during the annual yatra. Honwad Yellamma Yatra 2024 date is April 23.

The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Yellamma, a kind manifestation of Mother Goddess Shakti. This form of Goddess Shakti is widely worshipped as a village deity and kuldevta (family deity) in South India.

For the annual festival, the shrine is decorated with lamps, lights, flowers, leaves and sugarcane for the occasion.

The festival and fair attracts hundreds of devotees to the Yellamma Devi temple.

Various offerings are made to appease the deity. Red flowers are offered to the deity. Procession is part of the festival.

Honwad Yellamma Devi  Yatra is annually observed on Chaitra Purnima tithi or the full moon day in Chaitra month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Karnataka.

Yellamma Cult is widespread in Karnataka especially in northern Karnataka. She is a manifestation of Goddess Renuka.

The story of Renuka, her husband Jamadagni and the Parshuram avatar of Vishnu are told in numerous different forms.

All story involves Renuka being suspected of infidelity and Rishi Jamadagni asking his son to kill her. Later Renuka is restored when Parashuram gets boon from Rishi Jamadagni.