Bonalu is Telangana state Festival where Goddess Mahakali is worshiped and it’s an annual festival celebrated in the twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad and other parts of Telangana state.
Bonalu is celebrated usually during Ashada Masam that falls in July/August. Special poojas are performed for Yellamma during the first and last day of the festival. The festival is considered as a form of thanksgiving to the Goddess after the fulfillment of vows. Bonam literally means Meal in Telugu, which is an offering to the Mother Goddess. Womenfolk in the household prepare rice that is cooked along with Milk, Jaggery in a New Earthen or Brass Pot, which is adorned with Neem Leaves, Turmeric and Vermilion. Women carry these pots on their heads and make an offering of Bonam, including Bangles and Saree to the Mother Goddess at Temples. Bonalu involves worship of Kali in her various forms such Mysamma, Pochamma, Yellamma, Dokkalamma, Pedamma, Poleramma, Ankalamma, Maremma, Nookalamma etc.
Bonalu 2021 in Telangana will begin on Sunday, 11 July and ends on Sunday, 8 August
Telangana Bonalu Jatara 2021 Schedule:
Bonalu in Golconda Jagadambika Temple:
July 11 – Ratham, First Puja
July 22 – Fourth Puja, Chandi Homam
July 29 – Sixth Puja, Sakambari Puja
August 8 – Ninth Puja, Ammavari Kumbarti Celebrations
Bonalu in Ujjaini Mahakali Temple:
July 11 – Gathotsavam
July 25 – Bonalu
July 26 – Rangam
Bonalu in Balkampeta Yellamma Temple:
July 12 – Khalasa Stapahana, Edurukolu.
July 13 – Ammavari Kalyanotsavam.