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The annual festival of Bonalu is being celebrated in Hyderabad and Telangana today with great devotion and pomp. Celebrated in honor of Goddess Mahakali, the festival attracts devotees from all across the state. Along with Hyderabad, its twin city Secunderabad and other areas also celebrate Bonalu. The festival typically falls in the month of Ashada masam which is July or August. The celebrations are marked by poojas performed for the deity Yellamma. (ALSO SEE An honest FB post about Telangana shows why it is already better than most other Indian states!) Also Read - CREDAI Seeks Urgent Support For Realty Sector in Letter to PM Modi
The word Bonam actually comes from the Telugu word Bhojanalu which means a meal or feast. The history of Bonalu goes back to 1813 when a plague claimed several lives in this reason. It was believed that the plague was an outcome of the anger of Goddess Mahakali. So, to calm her down, Bhonalu was offered to her and the tradition has been followed since. Women perform the parikrama and dress up like Mahakali wearing ornaments and garlands and participating in ostentatious processions with pots on their heads. They prepare rice cooked with milk and jaggery in earthen pots which is then carried in decorated pots with neem leaves, turmeric, vermilion and a lit lamp. Also Read - Karan Johar Birthday Celebrations: Little Munchkins Yash And Roohi Cut The Cake as Mom Hirroo Johar Sings 'Happy Birthday'
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The celebrations begin today (Sunday) in Hyderabad and will carry on till tomorrow. Due to processions and security reasons, more than 8000 police officers have been stationed to avoid any unrest or unpleasant activities.
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