Filled with religious centres, Anantapur is always in some sort of celebration or other. While weekly, monthly, annual fairs are a part of the everyday life of the people of the region, there are some events that are have a wider significance as they attract millions of devotees from all across the country and outside.
1. Kotappakonda Temple Fair: The Koteseswara Temple in the Guntur district is one of the chief places of worship which witnesses lakhs of people who come to seek the blessings of the Lord during Mahashivaratri. Sweets, clothes, bangles, toys and domesticated animals such as goats and cows are sold at the fair here. Devotees who come here usually take a vow to shave their heads as an offering to the god to fulfill their desires.
2. Sambulingeswara Kalyanotsavam: This festival is celebrated in pomp and vigour for five days during Mahashivratri. A Kalyanam, a village procession, Rathotsavam, Ponnaseva, Pavalimpuseva and Vasantotsavam are celebrated during this period. Offerings are made to the Lord by the devotees in the form of cash, ornaments and even domesticated animals, which are tied to the Dwajasthamba. The people also believe that women who cannot concieve are blessed with children after they perform the rituals for five days wearing wet clothes.
3. Durgamma Festival: Celebrated in the month of Bhadrapada, this festival is celebrated for four days. A buffalo is sacrificed in during the festival and meat dishes are cooked for the Goddess. During the festival, a possessed woman is said to sit on a window and predict the future events. A man, representing Poturaju (the Goddess' brother) is smeared with vermillion and turmeric and his body is decorated with margosa leaves. He has to go around the temple and kill a sacrificial goat by biting its throat. The last day of the festival witnesses people going around with bomalu (puppets) and a fair is held just outside the temple premises.