Golconda, July 04 : The stage is set and all arrangements are in place; Bonalu 2019 celebration flaunting the rich culture and heritage of Telangana will kick start with Golconda Bonalu on July 4 from Golconda Fort. Every year tens of thousands of people,especially women, participate in the colourful 'Thanks giving' festival. Golconda Bolanu will be followed by Ujjaini Mahankali Bonalu on July 21 followed by Old City Bonalu on July 28.
Here are some dazzling pictures of Bonalu celebration that reflect the festivals vibrant euphoria.
Also know as Ashada Jatara is one of the biggest festivals of Telangana.
Bonalu festival is observed once in a year during the months of July/ August
In 2014, The government of Telangana declared Bonalu a state festival.
The festival is dedicated to Goddess Mahankali and is celebrated during the Ashadha month of the Hindu calendar.
Hyderabad: 'Bonalu' celebrations underway, in Hyderabad.
Apart from being a religious festival to Thank Goddess Shakti for her blessings, Bonalu parades are a major tourist attraction.
Hyderabad: Mahankali Bonalu celebrations underway in Hyderabad
Bonalu is a women oriented festival, stressing importance of Shakti. Women carry earthen pots containing rice cooked with jaggery, milk and also offer Kumkum, Saree, Bangles to the 'Ammavaru'. Ammavaru is worshiped in different forms like Pedamma, Mysamma, Mahankali and Yellama
People participating in Golconda Bonalu festival in Hyderabad
On the first and last day of the festival, special poojas are held for Yellamma. Bonalu Dates in 2019 are July 07, July 14, July 21 and July 28.
People celebrate Bonalu festival in Secunderabad
Hyderabad: People celebrate Ujjaini Mahankali Bonalu festival in Hyderabad, on July 9, 2017.
Bonalu Festival celebrations underway, in Vijayawada