BONALU A HINDU ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TELANGANA - PORTRAIT COLLECTION

Bonalu or Goddess Mahankali bonalu is a Hindu Festival, where Goddess Mahakali is worshiped. Bonalu is an annual festival of Telangana.
The word Bonam is a short form of the word Bhojanam which means a meal or a feast in Telugu, is an Offering to Mother Goddess. Women prepare rice cooked with Milk,Jaggery a New Brass or Earthen Pot adorned with Neem Leaves,Turmeric,Vermilion and a lit lamp on the top of the Pot. Women carry the pots on their heads and make offering of Bonam along with Turmeric-Vermilion,Bangles and Saree to the Mother Goddess across the Temples

Potharaju is the brother of Mother Goddess, is represented in the procession by a well-built, bare-bodied man, wearing a small tightly draped red dhoti and bells on his ankles, and anointed with turmeric on his body and vermilion on his forehead. He dances to resounding drums.

He always dances before the Palaharam Bandi, the procession. He is considered the initiator of the festivities and the protector of the community. He leads the tranced female dancers who are under spell of the Mother Goddess (known as shigam) to the temple, with lashing whips and emerald neem leaves (margosa) tied around their waists, accompanied by trumpets and drums.

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PORTRAITS FROM GUDI PADWA SHOBAYATRA IN HYDERABAD 2019

Gudi Padwa is a spring-time festival that marks the traditional new year for Marathi Hindus.

The festival is observed with colorful floor decorations called rangoli, a special Gudi flag (garlanded with flowers,mango and neem leaves, covered with a reversed silver or copper vessel), street processions, dancing and festive foods.

Gudi Padva signifies the arrival of spring and to the reaping of Rabi crops.

The festival is linked to the mythical day on which Hindu god Brahma created time and universe.

To some, it signifies the return of Rama in Ayodhya after his victory over evil Ravana, or the start of Shalivahan calendar after he defeated the Huns invasion during the 1st century.

On April 06th 2019 there was a Gudipadwa Shoba Yatra in Hyderabad conducted by the Marathis Association in Hyderabad. Here by presenting you couple of portraits clicked by me during the yatra.