Though the police conducted month-long awareness programmes, on the day after Vijaya Dasimi, the villagers of Devaragattu in Kurnool district took part in the fight called as Karrala Samaram where a huge gathering of devotees, armed with clubs, indulged in violence as part of the religious ritual. 35 villagers were injured in the stick fight and the condition of two villagers, who got severe injuries, is critical.
Every year, people are injured in the contest which is considered a good omen for the welfare of their villages. Bunni Utsavam, celebrated for hundreds of years, began on a grand note late on Friday, amidst tight security. The utsavam was celebrated on the hillocks of Devaragattu situated on the outskirts of Neraniki village in Holagunda Mandal in the district, the day after Vijaya Dasami.
A huge number of people from various places of Andhra Pradesh and the adjacent Karnataka thronged the hillock and watched the fete. In the contest around 4000 to 4500 people participated with sticks. According to folklore, Lord Siva took the form of Bhairava to kill two demons, Mani and Mallasura. He killed the two demons by fighting with sticks and ensured that there would be no harm to the humankind from the Rakshasas.
The villagers of Neraniki, Neraniki Thanda, Kothapeta, Yellarthy, Arikera, Maddigeri, Nitranatta, Sulavai and Hebbatam formed into two groups. One group of people took the side of Lord Shiva and the other group took the side of demons. Both the groups were involved in the mock fight to own the idol of Lord Shiva. Though they fight hard on this day they bear no personal grudge against each other later.