25 July, 2016

Hyderabad's Colourful Bonalu Celebrations In Full Swing

Lakhs of Hindu devotees in Hyderabad and Secundarabad have celebrated Bonalu, a biggest festival of Telangana state. It is celebrated to ward off evil and usher in peace and harmony. People in the twin cities celebrated this festival in entire Ashada masam ( July-August).

As part of celebration, on 24 July, Sunday, the historic Ujjaina Mahankali temple in Secunderabad and Mahankali Temple in Lal Darwaza in Hyderbad and hundreds of small and big temples including Simhavahani Mahankali temple in Lal Darwaza, Akkanna Madanna and Sri Bangaru Maisamma temples in Hari Bowli, Sri Mahankaleshwari temple in Miralam Mandi,  Mahankali Matheswhari temple in Gowripura, Sri Bangaru Maisamma in Uppuguda  in twin cities were all decked up with lights and flowers.

Women devotees in traditional attire carried the “Bonalu” ( an earthen pot carrying rice, turmeric powder, jiggery, milk and curd covered with neem leaves with a lamp placed on it) and men dancing along with “Potharaju” to the rhythm of drums passed every small and big roads as the state festival was in full swing.  Devotees thanked the Goddes for listening to their prayers and fulfilling wishes. 
The offerings to Goddess started from early morning Sunday and it continued till late night.  

Today, the festival will conclude with “Rangam” (predicting future for next year) by an young unmarried women in the morning and later a colourful procession of Goddess on an elephant will be held in Hyderabad. 

Cheif minister Chandrashekar Rao and several other dignitaries of the state offered prayers to Goddess Mahankali temple and performed special pujas.

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