Gangajatra - Tirupati
Devi Gangamma is considered to be the Goddess of rain, in the Rayalseema region. In the month of May, just before the monsoons, the Gangajatra is held to appease the Goddess. The 7-day long festivities showcase people dressed in various Veshams (garbs) and offering the deity Pongal along with Jantubali (animal sacrifice). The celebrations culminate with a head of Gangamma being made with mud, throughout the 7th night and when the face is completed, the whole mud creation is destroyed before sunrise.
The Kanuma Festival is celebrated on the last day of the Pongal festivities. On this day an idol of Goddess Mulasthanamma is taken around the Chandragiri hill on a grandly decorated Vahanam. Thousands of devotees participate in the celebration to receive blessings.
This town near Penumur also celebrates the Kanumu festival in a grand manner. The Gunteeswara Swamy temple that is located near the Shivalinga shaped twin rock is the main venue for the festival. Here too, the procession of the deity is taken all around the town in a beautifully decorated Vahanam.
Similar celebrations take place all over Chittoor district.
Annual Horticultural Show is held at the T.T.D Gardens.
Food & Dance Festival
For those who enjoy entertainment, the Rayalseema Food and Dance Festival is the right setting. It is held during the Brahmotsavam which occurs in September or October. Dance shows, and workshops of weavers, artisans and craftsmen are a welcome change for tourists. One can buy local handicrafts and fabrics and also try out the food courts at this festival.