The Famous Festival Of Bathukamma

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The Famous Festival Of Bathukamma

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Bathukamma festival celebrates by Telugu of Hindu calendar in the  Bhadrapada Amavasya. It is also known as Mahalaya Amavasya. And in the month of October-September as per the Gregorian calendar.

 

The Bathukamma is floral festival celebrated by the Telangana Hindu women. Bathukamma festival celebrates for nine days during Durga Navratri.

The festival starts on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya, and the nine days of celebrations. The festival culminate on “Saddula Bathukamma” or “Pedda Bathukamma” festival on Ashwayuja Ashtami, popularly known as Durgashtami. Bathukamma festival shows the starting of Sarad or Sharath Ruthu.

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According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, Once Upon a time a King name Dharmangada who belong from Chola Dynasty. This king ruled over in  South India. And a queen named Satyavati gave birth to a girl child after many years of prayers. And her name is Princess Lakshmi.

During the Princess Lakshmi brought his wife survived many unforeseen accidents and the incidents in life. The parents felt life and death while bringing up their only child. Later on, they named their daughter as “Bathukamma.”. The meaning of the Bathuku means “life” and Amma  “female names” and “mother.” On her birth, many people and pundits visited the baby at the royal palace and blessed her by calling Bathukamma or live forever.

Hindu religious people is eagerly waits for the Bathukamma festival

Bathukamma festival has many myths behind its festivity. As per the Hindu religious scholars and pundits. One myth regarding the Goddess Gauri is that she after a brutal fight killed ‘Mahishasura’ the demon. After that, she went into a deep sleep due to fatigue on the ‘Aswayuja Padyami’ day.

The Famous Festival of Bathuamma in Traditional

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All the Hindu religious devotees vehemently prayed with devotion and dedication for her to wake up. It is to note that she wake up on the Dasami day.

Married women along with their family, friends and relatives celebrate this festival to pray to the Goddess. For their prosperity and good health of their family.

Bathukamma festival also celebrates by young girls who are in the marriageable age of the Telangana region in India. The main purpose of this festival is to pray with devotion to the Goddess. In the firm belief that all young girls would get their beloved husbands as per their desire.

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On the other hand men groups along with their wife’s and the other family members, relatives and friends help to the gathering of flowers. And the floral arrangement of a beautiful flower stack during the festival season.

How They Prepared Bathukamma

The make the beautiful flower stack and decorating using various flowers which bloom in this season in different vibrant colors. Flower and leaves like Celosia, Senna, Marigold, Chrysanthemum, Indian Lotus, Cucumis Sativus leaves & flowers, Memecylon edule, Cucurbita leaves & flowers, Tridax procumbens, Trachyspermum ammi, Katla, Teku Flowers, etc.

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For the nine days in the evening, all the women and young girls, gather with their Bathukammas in one place. And all women will form a circle surrounding of the Bathukamma. They all sing folk songs by clapping and revolving around the Bathukamma.

For eight days the young girl’s and young children are preparing a variety of food called “naivedyam.” and on the last day called “saddle Bathukamma” is when all the women preparation the food and offer to the bathukamma.

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They prepared variety of item for bathukamma like  Engili pula, Atkula, Muddapappu, Nanabiyyam, Vepakayala, Saddula and many other.

In this beautiful way, the people are celebrating this festival with a lot of enjoyment and enthusiasm in this festivity.