What is Bonalu and what is the origin of this festival? Festivals

1 points | Post submitted by jay 150 days ago | 1 comments | viewed 308 times

I heard the festival name Bonalu (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonalu) from city of Hyderabad. What is that festival is about and how it came into existence? 


  • jay148 days ago | +0 points

    Bonalu is a Hindu Festival where Goddess Mahakali is worshiped.Bonalu is celebrated usually during Ashada Masam that falls in July/August. Special poojas are performed for goddess Yellamma during the first and last day of the festival. 


    The festival is considered as a form of thanksgiving to the Goddess after the fulfillment of vows. Bonam literally means Meal in Telugu, which is an offering to the Mother Goddess. 


    Women folk in household prepare rice that is cooked along with Milk, Jaggery in a New Earthen or Brass Pot, which is adorned with Neem Leaves, Turmeric and Vermilion. Women carry these pots on their heads and make an offering of Bonam, including Bangles and Saree to the Mother Goddess at Temples. Bonalu involves worship of Kali in her various forms such Mysamma, Pochamma, Yellamma, Dokkalamma, Pedamma, Poleramma, Ankalamma, Maremma, Nookalamma etc.

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