Laldarwaza Bonalu (Old City Bonalu Festival) is one of the largest religious gathering and cultural extravaganza in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. In 2020, Laldarwaza Bonalu date is July 19. And the ‘Ghatam’ (Ghatothsavam) will be on July 16.
This year (2020), Laldarwaza Matheshwari Temple Committee is hosting 110th Year of Bonalu festival.
Due to Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) lock-down rules, Bonalu is celebrated with limited number of devotees amidst stringent rules such as physical distance, etc.
In this locality, Bonalu is celebrated for 11 days. Abhishekam, Kalasha Sthapana and Dwajarohana are the main rituals. Ammavari Ghatam is taken out in a procession from Akkanna Madanna Mahankali Temple on a decked elephant (Ambari). By the evening, the celebrations come to an end with Nimajjanam of Ghatams at Nayapool bridge.
Like every year this year also, the last bonalu for this year will be celebrated at Laldarwaza and the festival to be culminated with special pujas in Golconda Jagadambika temple where the festivities have begun on June 28th.
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.
As per Sri Matheshwari Temple committee, Laldarwaza, and Bonalu Jathara committee, more than 4 to 5 lakh devotees will visit the temple on Bonalu festival and offer special pujas to the Goddess.
Simhavahini Mahankali Temple of Laldarwaza is one of the famous Ammavari Temple in Telangana state.