Laldarwaza Bonalu (Old City Bonalu Festival) is one of the largest religious gathering and cultural extravaganza in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. In 2018, Laldarwaza Bonalu date is August 5. And the ‘Ghatam’ (Ghatothsavam) will be on August 6.
This year (2018), Laldarwaza Matheshwari Temple Committee is hosting 109th Year of Bonalu festival.
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 15th July.
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 (2018), it is the fifth 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.