Bathukamma, Telangana State Festival now.. Bathukamma becomes a state festival of Telangana, the newly formed 29th state of India. In 2014, Bathukamma festival begins on September 24 and ends on October 2.
The BATHUKAMMA festival or Panduga is one of the most unique festivals of Andhra Pradesh especially of Telangana region celebrated mainly by the women. Celebrated during Navarathris it honours goddess Gouri on the name of Bathukamma. In Telugu, ‘Bathukamma means ‘come alive Mother Goddess’. Bathukamma panduga, teh spring festival, is the second largest festival after Dasara or Vijaya Dashami in Telangana Region. Celebrated during Durga Navaratri, the 9-day festival will conclude two days before Dussera.
During the festival, Goddess Gauri is worshipped in the form of Bathukamma. Women seek her blessings for prosperity and a good year. Colours, flowers and water are all intrinsic to the festival and the goddess herself is not one rooted in a shrine but turmeric and placed on top of conical flower arrangements that signify both life and eternity in their colours.
The goddess is created each year and immersed duly on the 10th day of the festival in local water bodies. There was a distinct grandeur and to a lesser level still is that one can only associate with a festival of the nature, where fun and frolic is the order of the day. This largest festival of Telanagna region, Batukamma festival was started centuries ago and still celebrated as grand cultural event in this region.