Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Andhra Pradesh

Fairs and Festivals



The Boddemma festival commences nine days prior to the Batakamma festival and concludes on Mahalaya Amavasya. Bodemma is a worship of goddess Gauri.  This is the festival of unmarried girls.  The image of Boddemma is prepared with ant - hill earth in seven layers in the shape of a gopura. It is decorated with flowers, turmeric and Kumkum and placed in the courtyard which has been cleaned and decorated with designs.

All the girls of that street gather around the Boddemma during the evenings and dance and sing, praying to Gouri for their early and successful marriage.  This festival is a counterpart to Gobbillu, popular in coastal Andhra.