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Bonalu popularly known as Mahakali Bonalu is a Hindu festival celebrated to worship Goddess Mahakali. In Telugu Bonam means meal. This festival is majorly celebrated in Hyderabad, Secunderabad and other parts of Telangana to thanks Godess Kali for fulfilling their vows. Women dressed in beautiful robes and carry Bonalu on their head to the temple which serves as a offering to the Goddess.
When It Is Celebrated?
Bonalu is celebrated in the month of Ashada Masam or July/August. Celebrations include performing special poojas for Yellamma on the first and last day of the festival. Various artists perform on during procession on second day of the festival. Large number of devotees from different parts of the state gathered to offer prayers.
How It Is Celebrated?
Celebrations begin at Golconda Fort on the first sunday of Hindu month Aashaadam. On second sunday, the festival is celebrated at Balkampet Yellamma temple in Balkampet and Ujjaini Mahakali Temple in Secunderabad and on the third Sunday, at the Pochamma and Katta Maisamma temple of Chilkalguda and the Matheswari temple of Lal Darwaza in Hyderabad. Every year thousands of devotees participate in the celebrations and seek the blessings of Goddess Kaali. On this special occasion women dance with Boman or balancing pot on their head at the beats of drums. They dress up in tradition sarees and jewellery. Teenage girls also wear half lehngas or sarees with beautiful jewellery. It is believed that women carrying the Bonalu are blessed with the spirit of Goddess. People pour water on their feet on the way to temple. As a mark of respect, Thottelu which is a small colourful, paper structure supported by sticks is offered by every group. It is celebrated in the form of Ghatam on the first Sunday, in the Hindu Month of Ashada, known as Edurukolu which signifies the welcoming of goddess. On the second day, devotees take out Ghatam of the Goddess Mahakali on the elephant during the procession of Bonalu festival and on the third Sunday of the Ashada month Bonalu Jatara is carried out. On the following Monday Rangam (Oracle) and Ghatam Saganamputa are celebrated. Bonalu festival is celebrated as an offering to the Mother Goddess and families share the offering with their family and other guests. It is must to offer alcohol to the Goddess.