Jayanti of Manikya Prabhu, the incarnation of Dattatreya, is celebrated for five days in a month of Margasira on a grand scale.  It attracts devotees from the neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

This is observed on the fourth day of the bright fortnight in the month of either Sravana or Kartika.  This is a pre-historic celebration of Naga or Serpent-worship observed throughout Andhra.  Every village in Andhra has some or other Naga idol carved in stone or wood.  Generally the women fast on this day and propitiate Nagas by offering fresh, un-boiled cow’s milk.

Many families have ant – hills which have been worshipped for generations.  Miniature silver eyes and hoods of the Serpent God are placed on the ant – hills and coconuts are broken.  Some people have gold and silver images along with their family deities for daily worship. Charimidi, Pamakam and vada pappu are the special dishes for this day.  After praying to the Naga for protection of the family and children, particularly from snake bite, people smear their eyes and ears with the earth from the ant – hills.  There are many Telugu folk songs sung in the praise of the Serpent God.

Andhra Pradesh is famous for its varied culture and tradition. One of the highlights of its culture are the numerous festivals celebrated here. Most of these festivals are religious and some are organized by the government of Andhra Pradesh. These festivals are celebrated with great pomp and gaiety.

Of the religious festivals and fairs, Brahmotsavam at Tirupati and the Sri Rama Navami Festival at Bhadrachalam are quite popular. Lumbini Fair, Vishaka Utsav, Deccan Festival are popular fairs highlighting the culture of the state.