Happy Bonalu 2023: Bonalu is a traditional Hindu festival celebrated every year. This colorful event popularly celebrated in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad honors Goddess Mahakali. Women dressed in traditional costumes offer to the goddess good name, a word derived from the Sanskrit word bhojanam, which means meal or banquet in telugu. On the occasion of Bonalu, people worship the Mother Goddess in regional forms like Maisamma, Pochamma, Yellamma, Peddhamma, Dokkalamma, Ankalamma, Poleramma, Maremma, Nookalamma.
When is Bonalu in 2023?
Bonalu is a 21-day festival. The twin cities of Secunderabad and Hyderabad participate in this festival every year, along with other regions of the state. It is observed in the month Ashada Masam, which falls around July and/or August.
The festival dedicated to Goddess Mahakali will be celebrated from June 25 to July 16 this year.
Why is Bonalu celebrated?
Bonalu is celebrated with great pomp and celebration in honor of Goddess Mahakali. The best time to offer Bonalu to the goddess is during Ashada Maasam, or the season from late June to August, according to the best-known legend of Bonalu. It is considered as Goddess Mahakali returns to her ancestral abode. This practice is similar to how a married daughter would be treated if she visited her parents’ house every year on vacation and was lavished with attention.
The other folklore mentions Mahakali as a savior who saved the people of Hyderabad and Secunderabad from the plague in the 19th century.
How is Bonalu celebrated?
During the Bonalu festival, families make offerings to the Mother Goddess and share them with their loved ones and guests. Women dress for this important occasion with the traditional sari, jewelry and other accessories. Teenage girls dress in half saris or lehengas with cholis, jewelery and other traditional details. Along with vermilion turmeric, bangles and a sari for the Mother Goddess, they carry vessels with a special meal of rice cooked with milk and jaggery in a cool brass or earthen vessel decorated with neem leaves, turmeric and vermilion. above.
When the women carrying Bonalu approach the temple, people pour water on their feet to appease the aggressiveness of the Goddess. In reverence to the native deity, some trance ladies perform balance dances (Bonam) to the beat of drums. In the past, a male buffalo was sacrificed in front of the temple to ward off evil spirits, but today roosters are offered instead.
Every year, thousands of devotees gather to honor Mahakali. On the first Sunday of Ashadham, the festivities take place at the Jagadamba temple at Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. On the third Sunday, at the Pochamma and Katta Maisamma temple of Chilkalguda and the Matheswari temple of Lal Darwaza in the old city of Hyderabad. On the second Sunday, people visit Balkampet Yellamma temple in Balkampet, Ujjaini Mahakali temple and Gandimaisamma temple in Regimental Bazar in Secunderabad. Other temples where Bonalu is observed include the Muthyalamma temple in Shah Ali Banda and the Akkanna Madanna temple in Haribowli.
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