Batukamma Panduga or Bathukamma festival is the largest regional festival celebrated during Durga Navratri in Telangana state. In Telugu, ‘Bathukamma means ‘come alive Mother Goddess’. Bathukamma represents the Mother Goddess Gauri (Gauramma).
In 2018, Bathukamma Festival begins on October 9 and ends on October 17.
On Bathukamma festival, Goddess Gauri is worshipped in the form of Bathukamma. Boddemma Panduga is celebrated before the Bathukamma festival. Boddemma and Bathukamma festivals are observed by women only.
When Bathukamma starts and when it ends?
Bathukamma festival starts on Bhadrapada Amavasya, also known as Mahalaya Amavasya or Pithru Amavasya, and ends on Ashwayuja Ashtami, popularly known as Durgashtami. Bathukamma panduga is celebrated for nine days which culminates on Pedda Bathukamma panduga or Chaddula Bathukamma festival.
Boddemma and Bathukamma – Ruthu Lakshmi Festivals
Boddemma Panduga marks the ending of Varsha ruthu whereas Bathukamma festival indicates the beginning of Sharath ruthu. Hence, these both festivals are celebrated as ‘Ruthu Lakshmi Samaradhana.
Bathukamma festival – 9 days of regional celebrations:
First day of Bathukamma festival is called as ‘Engili Poolu, Sixth day of Bathukamma festival is ‘Arremu and the final day or the main festival of Bathukamma, which is celebrated on Durgashtami, referred as Chaddula Bathukamma or Chattala Bathukamma. On the final day of Bathukamma, ‘Bathukamma vallarimpu or Bathukamma nimajjanam (Bathukamma visarjanam) is celebrated with utmost devotion and enthusiasm in Telangana cities, towns and villages. Bathukamma immersed in water on Chaddula Bathukamma which is celebrated on Durgashtami.
Bathukamma panduga is the second largest festival during Durga Navaratri in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh after Dasara or Vijaya Dashami.
Bathukamma Festival in other countries
Bathukamma festival 2018 in USA – October 17
Bathukamma festival 2018 in Canada – October 17
Bathukamma festival 2018 in UK & other European countries – October 17
Bathukamma festival 2018 in UAE & other Gulf countries – October 17
Bathukamma festival 2018 in Singapore – October 17
Bathukamma festival 2018 in Malaysia – October 17
Bathukamma festival 2018 in Australia – October 17
Bathukamma festival 2018 in New Zealand – October 17
Bathukamma festival 2018 in South Africa & other African countries – October 17