The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) led Telangana Government is making all the necessary arrangements for the yearly Ashada Bonalu festivities.
Mr. Talasani Srinivas Yadav, the Animal Husbandry Minister of Telangana confirmed the grand celebration of the festival to begin on the 30th of June, at Jagadamba Mahankali temple, Golconda.
In regard to this, the TRS Minister Mr. Talasani Srinivas Yadav along with Mr. Kausar Mohiuddin, the Karwan Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), and senior officials from various government departments, held a meeting, on the 21st of June, Tuesday. During the meeting, they discussed the arrangements, after which Mr. Talasani Srinivas Yadav said, “Bonalu festival is an intrinsic part of Telangana culture and Chief Minister Mr. K. Chandrashekar Rao has declared it as a State festival. Since then, the festivities are organized under the aegis of the Telangana government.”
The Telangana Minister Mr. Talasani Srinivas Yadav also said the State Government would present ‘Pattu vasthralu’ to nearly 26 temples during the festivities.
The Telangana Police has also been directed to ensure safety and smooth surveillance of the festival, to avoid stampedes. Approximately 800 to 1,000 police officials, including officials of the She Teams would handle the devotee’s crowd during the event.
On the other hand, at Golconda, eight different locations were identified for parking of private vehicles with 14 different locations diversions, around the temple premises.
In addition, the Telangana Water Board also assured to supply 8.75 lakh water packets and 55,000 water bottles. The Health Department will also deploy four ambulances for emergency medical care and also have five medical camps during Golconda Bonalu.
Celebrated in July every year, the Bonalu festival is a traditional Hindu festival to celebrate the Goddess Mahakali. Special poojas are performed for Renuka Yellamma (one of the many regional forms of Mahakali) on the first and last day of the festival. In Telangana, the festival is also considered a thanksgiving to the Goddess for the fulfillment of vows. Women would be offering rice cooked with jaggery and milk meals as an offering to the Goddess. Following the tradition, women would offer the prepared meals in a new brass or earthen pot adorned with neem leaves, turmeric, and vermilion and would light up a diya on top of the pot. Women then would carry these pots on their heads and march to several kali temples in the State.
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