Vepakayala Bathukamma is the 7th day of Bathukamma festival. In 2018, Vepakayala Bathukamma date is October 15. It falls on Ashwayuja Shuddha Shashti, sixth day of Navaratri.
Naivedyam, Palaharam for Vepakayala Bathukamma is recipe made with sakinala pindi in the form of vepakayalu (Neem fruits – Azadirachta indica).
Batukamma Panduga or Bathukamma festival is the largest regional festival celebrated during Durga Navaratri 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 with Bhadrapada Amavasya and ends on October 17 with Saddula Bathukamma (Durga Ashtami).