Telangana’s Famous Festival To Start On June 25:- The popular annual festival to worship goddess Mahankali, “Bonalu Jatara” of the Telangana State is all set to start on “June 25”. The “Bonam” would be offered first at Golconda Jagadamba temple first.
Mainly in Hyderabad and Secunderabad in Telangana in month of Ashada (July – August) every year, the festival is celebrated. On Sundays, thousands of devotees across the twin cities will visit the Mahankali temples. Colorful processions and community feasts will be included in the month long festival.
The government, after the formation of the Telangana State, had declared “Bonalu” as a state festival.
Here is the schedule:
- June 25 - The Bonalu Jatara 2017 will begin by offering “Bonam” at Golconda Jagadamba Temple.
- July 2 - Bonam will be offered to Goddess Durga in Vijayawada Kanaka Durga Temple.
- July 9 - Bonalu at the Ujjaini Mahankali Temple in Secunderabad
- July 10 - “Rangam” and “Phalaharam”
- July 16 - “Bonalu” in Old City
- July 23 - Concluding ceremony
On the first Sunday of the Ashada month at the Sri Jagadamba temple in Golconda Fort, the first main festival is held. While, the next main festival on the second Sunday will be held at the Ujjain Mahankali Temple in Secunderabad and the third main festival on the third Sunday at the Matheswari Temple of Laldarwaja. The rituals are also performed in all the other Goddess Shakti in the twin cities. Goddess Shakti is worshiped as Mahakali. Yellamma, Pochamma, Renuka Amma, Peddamma, Mysamma, Poleramma, Ankalamma and Maramma are the popular names for Goddess Shakti or Kali.
The origin of the festival is traced to a major plague that killed thousands of people in 1869. People believed the plague was the result of the anger of the Goddess and to pacify her anger, started offering Bonalu (food) to pacify her anger. The procession is highly colorful and is accompanied thousands of people and includes “Potharaju”.