The “Hyderabad Combined Temples’ Committee” offers Bonalu to Vijayawada Kanakadurga, the presiding deity of Durga Malleshwara Devasthanam on 14 July 2019, second Sunday of Ashada Masam in Telugu calendar.
More than 250 devotees with special attire carrying Bonalu are taken a procession in Vijayawada Temple and offer the Naivedyam to Goddess. They also offer Pasupu, Kumkuma, Silk clothes, Puja items, etc..
What is Bonalu?
Bonalu Jatara is a Ashada masa utsavam celebrated with joy and devotion in Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Bonam means Bojanaalu or meal in Telugu, the native language, is an offering to Mahankali.
During the fest, women bring their offerings in clay pots decorated with colours, neem leaves and a diya on the top. They carry the clay pots on their head and proceeds towards Kali temple from houses and perform some special poojas to offer bonam to the Goddess. Drums and devotional songs of Goddess Kali create a wonderful atmosphere at the temples during Bonalu festival.
Bonalu is a popular festival in Telangana and is also offered the status of state festival of Telangana, the newly-born 29th state of India. It is not a tradition of Bonalu in other Telugu speaking regions like Rayalaseema and Andhra of Andhra Pradesh state.