Balkampet Yellamma Temple near Ameerpet in Hyderabad is one of the popular temples in twin cities of Secunderabad and Hyderabad of Telangana state. Bonalu is one of the biggest festivals celebrated at this temple.
In 2020, Balkampet Yellamma Temple is celebrated on July 19. According to the sources, at this temple bonalu festival is celebrated on the following Sunday after Secunderabad Ujjaini Mahankali Temple Bonalu Utsavalu.
Due to Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) lock-down rules, Bonalu 2020 is celebrated with limited number of devotees amidst stringent rules such as physical distance, etc.
It is to note that Bonalu is a state festival of Telangana which is celebrated in Ashada Masam of Telugu calendar throughout the state. This year (2020), it is the seventh time that Telangana is celebrating the Bonalu festival after achieving the separate statehood.
Balkampet Yellamma temple in Hyderabad is one of the famous temples dedicated to Goddess Yellamma, a traditional manifestation of Goddess Parvati or Shakti. Sri Yellamma Devasthanam is considered to be existing since 15th century and has got today’s renovated form in the year 1919 as per the historical data available.
The unique feature of this temple is the presiding deity of Yellamma lies 10 feet beneath the ground level (bhoogarbha swayambhu vigraham). There is a well behind the temple of Sri Yellamma in Balkampet which is considered as very sacred that who takes a bath with this water will be cured from all diseases and become healthier. The water of this well is also taken Theertham.