Bathukamma 2016

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Bathukamma according to Lunar Calendar it falls in Ashvin or Aswayuja Masam. Bathukamma festival falls according to English Calendar in September–October month. Bathukamma festival 2016 starts on Friday 30th September and ends on Sunday 9th October. Bathukamma is a Ten days festival. The last day 9th October is Saddula Bathukamma. Bathukamma festival is celebrated by Hindu women and it is a Telangana festival that is celebrated during the Navaratri. Bathukamma festival is unique identity of Telangana for its culture. Bathukamma starts on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya and ends on Aswayuja Navami. Bathukamma ends one or two days Before Vijayadasami/Dushera. This is a nine day long festival that ends on Durgashtami and is called as Saddula Bathukamma or Pedda Bathukamma. The festival is mainly observed by women and is dedicated to Goddess Bathukamma who is an incarnation of Goddess Sati. Bathukamma means (Bathuku and Amma) Bathuku means live/life, and Amma means mother. Bathukamma is celebrated for the glory of people. Later it is dedicated to goddess Gowri/Gouri celebrated in the form of Bathukamma.

Bathukamma 2016
Bathukamma 2016
Nine Days of Bathukamma Names :

1st Day of Bathukamma - Engilipula Bathukamma

2nd Day of Bathukamma - Atukula Bathukamma

3rd Day of Bathukamma - Muddapappu Bathukamma

4th Day of Bathukamma - Nanabiyyam Bathukamma

5th Day of Bathukamma - Atla Bathukamma

6th Day of Bathukamma - Aligina Bathukamma

7th Day of Bathukamma - Vepakayala Bathukamma

8th Day of Bathukamma - Vennamuddala Bathukamma

9th Day of Bathukamma - Saddula/Chaddula Bathukamma

Procedure on Bathukamma :

Women's start preparing Bathukamma from the afternoon. Local seasonal flowers mainly tangedi, gunuka, alli, katla and more. They cut the flowers leaving the little length base, some dip in colors, some scented and arrange them on a wide plate called tambalamu, and stack them up in a conical mount, like a cone. The flowers arranged in five, seven and more concentric columns and rows decorated with a pumpkin flower on top of the stack. In the evening Women and young girls celebrate the festival dressed up in traditional pattu saris, half Saris and Dresses and wear jewellery. After that gather in large numbers with their Bathukamma in their locality, place them in the middle and clap, Sing and dance around them in small circles. After singing and dancing around for hours, Bathukamma are taken to a lake or a pond then set afloat in the water.

Significance of Bathukamma :

Goddess Durga Devi fought with demon Mahishasura has been tired on Aswiyuja padyami became unconsciousness. Then women start prayed Durga Devi as Bathukamma with the songs and Devi became consciousness on Vijayadashami. So,because of this reason every year women will celebrate Bathukamma every year. On the last day of Bathukamma women also prepare different varieties of food mainly pulihora, daddojanam and Maleeda along with Bathukamma after singing and dancing near the pond they will share the food with each other and leave the place with joy and happiness. Bathukamma festival gives the importance of the relationship between human beings. One of the most important Bathkamma Panduga rituals is held at the Bhadrakali Temple in Warangal. Bathukamma festival is celebrated by all the people without the difference of Poor, rich and caste. The festival shows the relation of Earth, Water and Humans.

Telangana State declare the Bathukamma festival is a State festival on 16th June 2014.


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