Bonalu Festival: This time Akkanna Madanna Mahankali Mandiram a special Committee is taking care of the Bonalu Festival and today on the last day of Bonalu Festival a special management’s amde by this committee. So this Sunday Bonalu Festival marks its successful ending which is supposed to bring good fortune, progress and development in the people’s life.

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The day of this crucial festival Bonalu Festival was begin with Mahabhishekam and Maha Aarathi at 5 am and temple was opened for devotees after decorating the deity at 8 am.

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A devotee from various twin cities and surrounding districts already visited the temple seeking the blessings of Goddess till the late night to mark the celebration and rejoices of the Bonalu Festival.

The Bonalu Festival Former indeed by many bandwagons of the state Andra Pradesh and Telanga including, Governor K Rosaih, DGP Anurag Sharma, PV Sindhu, N Uttam Kumar Reddy, K Jana Reddy, Ministers Nayini Narasimha Reddy, Indrakaran Reddy.

Talasani Srinivas Yadav, T Padma Rao, Speaker Madhusudhana Chary,  Deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy, Council Chairman T Swamy Goud, J Geeta Reddy, Marri Shashidhar Reddy and MP Rapolu Ananda Bhaskar and they all also participated in the Bonalu Festival.

The main Bonalu procession will start at 4 pm at Sri Akkanna Madanna Mahankali Mandiram with Matha Ghatam on the well decorated elephant.

Defines Bonalu Festival

Bonalu or Goddess Mahankali Bonalu in the language Telugu written as (“బోనాలు”) is a Hindu Festival, and in this festival the Goddess Mahakali is being worshiped with full glory and respect.

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Bonalu is an annual festival of Telangana celebrated in Twin Cities Hyderabad, Secunderabad and other parts of Telangana, India.

It is celebrated in the month of Ashada Masam, in the months of July/August. Special poojas are performed for Yellamma on the first and last day of the festival which marks the celebration of Bonalu festival. The festival is also considered a thanksgiving to the Goddess for fulfilment of vows.

The word Bonam is derives from the Sanskrit word Bhojanam(a Sanskrit loanword) which means a meal or a feast in Telugu, is an Offering to Mother Goddess. Women prepare rice cooked with Milk, Jaggery a New Brass or Earthen Pot adorned with Neem Leaves, Turmeric, Vermilion and a lit lamp on the top of the Pot.

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Women carry the pots on their heads and make the offering of Bonam along with Turmeric-Vermilion, Bangles and Saree to the Mother Goddess across the Temples.

Bonalu involves the worship of Mother Goddess in regional forms like Mysamma, Pochamma, Yellamma, Peddhamma, Dokkalamma, Ankalamma, Poleramma, Maremma, and Nookalamma.

The 2016 dates for it are July 10-July 31.

Origin of Bonalu Festival

The history of the origin of this festival is coming from the 19th Century, and is linked with the “Regimental Bazaar” and the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. In the year 1813, plague disease broke out in the twin cities, which took thousands of people’s life.

Just before this, a military battalion from Hyderabad was deployed to Ujjain. When this Hyderabadian Military Battalion got to know about the epidemic in the cities, they prayed to the Mother Goddess in Mahankaal Temple – Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

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History tells us, that this military division prayed to Goddess Mahankaali, to kill plague, and if the Goddess would do so, they had decided to install and idol of Goddess Mahankaali in the city. It is believed that Mahankaali destroyed the disease and kept plague at arms length.

Then, the military battalion returned to the city & installed an idol of the goddess, which was followed by the offering of Bonalu to her. Hence, from then, this had turned a tradition, which has been followed and is still being followed by all the people belonging to Telangana.

Arrangements for Bonalu Festival & Its Last Day Celebration

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Other versions also include the mythological story and belief that revolves around the festival, says that this is the time when Goddess Mahakali comes back to her parental home, in Ashada Maasam or the period from late June to August, and so, this period is the best time to offer Bonalu to the goddess.

This can be compared to special treatment of a girl, who is married, and then returns to her birthplace, and is pampered by her parents.

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