Bathukamma is the floral festival for women celebrated in the state of Telangana. It is symbolic of the beauty and eternal glory of Goddess Gauri -the ultimate patron of womanhood.

When is Bathukamma?
According to the Telugu calendar, Bathukamma festival is celebrated for nine days in the month of Ashwin (Ashwayujamu(ఆశ్వయుజము)). Bathukamma starts on Bhadrapada Amavasya or Mahalaya Amavasya and with Saddula Bathukamma celebration on the 9th day of ashtami, popularly celebrated as Durga ashtami in rest of India . Incidently, Bathukamma coincides with the 9 day Sharad Navratri festival celebrated all over Inda. According to the Gregorian calendar, it falls during September-October.

Bathukamma 2021 starts on October 06, Wednesday and ends with Saddula Bathukamma on October 14, 2021 Thursday

4 months and 24 days to go for the event

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Women participate during the Bathukamma, the floral festival of Telangana

The story behind Bathukamma

King Dhramangada and his wife Satyavati lost their hundred sons in the battlefield. Thereafter they prayed to Goddess Lakshmi urging her to be born as their daughter on earth. The Goddess, impressed by their dedication, was born as Princess Lakshmi in the Chola dynasty. She was a symbol of the ideal woman---beautiful, powerful and eternal. Thus, thereafter, all young unmarried women pray and worship her to attain bliss and happiness when they get married.

According to Mythology, Goddess Gauri killed Mahishasur—the king of demons during this phase and out of fatigue, went off to sleep. She was awakened by prayers of devotees on the day of Dashami.

Bathukamma is also celebrated to commemorate Goddess Parvati who also happens to be an ardent lover of flowers.

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Bathukamma celebrations underway in Hyderabad

Important Timings On Bathukamma

Start SunriseOctober 12, 2021 6:26 AM
Start SunsetOctober 12, 2021 6:00 PM
End SunriseOctober 13, 2021 6:26 AM
End SunsetOctober 13, 2021 5:59 PM
Tithi StartOctober 12, 2021 9:48 PM
Tithi EndOctober 13, 2021 8:08 PM
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Rituals of Bathukamma

The first five days of the Bathukamma festival is spent on preparations. During this time, women clean and white wash their homes. Cow dung is used to purify the ambience thus welcoming Goddess Gauri and seeking her blessings. The men of the house are given the responsibility of collecting various seasonal flowers to decorate the Bathukamma

Women decorate their houses with floral designs made with white wash or rice flour paste. Cow dung cakes are also placed around the house.

The ‘Bathukamma ‘or the flower arrangement is made by women. It is a conical arrangement of flowers that are placed in seven concentric rings in a clay pot. The top of the arrangement is decorated with a pumpkin flower and a lump of turmeric.

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On the day of the festival, young unmarried girls dance around these Bathukammas singing traditional songs and stories from the past. Thereafter these cones are set afloat in the river after worshipping Goddess Gauri with flowers and sweets.

A special sweet dish called maleeda made up of jaggery is made for this festival and is distributed among all post-puja.

Different cultural activities like dance, music and theatres are organized during Bathukamma. Local street plays called ‘jataras’ are an important watch out during this time. Special Bathukamma songs are sung during the celebration.

Colours, water and flowers are an integral part of this festival. Women wear new sarees and adorn themselves with gold jewellery. Young girls wear the traditional ‘Langa Oni’ meaning the half sarees during the rituals. Married women exchange kumkum and turmeric on each other’s face after the Bathukamma is immersed in water.

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View of Telangana's Maha Bathukamma floral festival which set a World record

Bathukamma festival dates between 2018 & 2028

YearDate
2018Tuesday, 9th of October
2019Saturday, 28th of September
2020Friday, 16th of October
2021Wednesday, 6th of October
2022Sunday, 25th of September
2023Saturday, 14th of October
2024Wednesday, 2nd of October
2025Sunday, 21st of September
2026Saturday, 10th of October
2027Thursday, 30th of September
2028Monday, 18th of September

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