Sankranti Celebrations with Grand Cock Fights

Grand-Cock-FightsIn Khammam on occucation of Sankranti festival preparations are going on in the Ashwaraopet constituency to celebrate on a grand scale and cock fights is one of the important programs to be organized.

This cock fights is tradition form several decades in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. People in the district say that those who do not organize cockfights lack manliness and courage.

Lakhs of rupees are used to raise cocks by feeding them in special farmhouses spending. The price of a fully grown cock used to range between Rs 200 to Rs 2,000. But now the prices have skyrocketed and they range anywhere between Rs 10,000 to Rs 60,000 as organizing cockfights has become a matter of prestige for the rich and powerful in the district.

The hundreds of cocks are being reared in palm oil gardens and are given bath with cold water early in the morning and they are made to swim. They are also given specially homemade Ayurvedic medicines. They are fed with the most nutritious and costliest food like cashew nuts, badam, ragi, maize, groundnuts, dry kharjura fruit, jiggery, carrots and other nutritious food.

In A P at West Godavari district cockfights are extremely popular where the rich and the powerful even spend crores of rupees in organizing the event.

In the cockfights Rs 63 lakhs profits will be coming after wining and became rich. Although there are hundreds of varieties of cocks like Pachhakaki, Rasangi, Pingalalu, Kakidegaparla , Konga vagaru, Sita vaayi, Kaki pandu and Kodi dega, only 20 types of them are being used for cockfights. However, it remains to be seen whether police will give permission to hold the cockfights as the state government has decided to ban them.

Medaram Jathara

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