Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Batakamma Festival

Batakamma / Bathukamma is the most popular festival throughout Telengana and some parts of Rayalaseema. In 2014, the festival was declared as a state festival to revive Telangana culture by the government of the newly formed state. It commences on the first day of the lunar month, Aswayuja and ends on Mahamavami one day before Dussehra. This is in worship of goddess Lakshmi born as Batakamma. Every house wife, after taking bath arranges different kinds of flowers of various colours in the shape of a stupa on a platter of reeds or bamboo or brass and on the top goddess Lakshmi in turmeric is installed. After puja, the stupa is kept in a corner of a room, and during evenings women dressed in clothes and finery carry the Batakamma idol by turns either to a temple or lake or river side. All the images are placed on even ground and the women folk sing songs, clap their hands, & bending and rising move in a circle around them. Lastly they float the images of turmeric in the water with devotional singing. This floral festival goes on for nine days and the last day of the festival is called Chaddula Batakamma.

In cities, the final day of the festival is celebrated at fixed venues with great splendour. Huge models of Bathukamma are installed and large number of women and children dressed in colourful traditional attire gather and dance to the melodies of Bathukamma.

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