Festivals of Telangana – Bonalu Festival

Bonalu is one of the most important festivals in Hyderabad and in the whole of Telangana state.

We shot this during one of our Photowalks in Hyderabad.

Goddess Mahankali bonalu is a Hindu Festival, Goddess Mahakali is worshiped. 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. Special poojas are performed for Yellamma on the first and last day of the festival. The festival is also considered a thanksgiving to the Goddess for fulfillment of vows.

The word Bonam is a corruption of the word Bhojanam 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. Women carry the pots on their heads and make 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, Nookalamma.

Here is a collection of pictures from Bonalu around Charminar, which is the most grand and happens on the last day.

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Tips for Photographers
1. Be quick and agile, or else you will miss the moments.
2. Don’t stand only at one places, you will get the same kind of pictures – move around for better opportunities.
3. Since the festival happens during the rainy season, do carry a water proof for your camera.
4. Be early and look for the locations.
5. Prepare yourself on what you want to shoot and carry your lenses accordingly.


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