You need to know about the month-long Telangana festival of worshiping Goddess Mahakali ProIQRA News

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Bonalo is an annual festival celebrated in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and in many other parts of Telangana. The festival celebrates the goddess Mahakali and lasts for a long time during the Ashhada season, which falls in July and August, according to the Hindu calendar.

Bonalo is celebrated to express gratitude to Goddess Yalma for fulfilling the mantra. Worship is offered to Goddess Yalma and offerings are offered on the first day and the last day.

In Telugu, Bonam translates as food and that is why it is offered to the Goddess during this festival. The women of each household prepare a special dish made of rice, milk, and gar in a new earthen or brass vessel. It is then decorated with neem leaves, turmeric and vermilion.

The festival dates back to 1813, when the plague broke out in the cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The plague claimed thousands of lives. Troops were deployed in the area to prevent the spread of the disease.

The battalion worshiped the mother goddess at the Mahakali temple in Ajmer, Madhya Pradesh. He vowed that if the people were saved from the deadly effects of the plague, they would install a statue of Mahakali back in Secunderabad.

After that, the disease stopped spreading and fulfilling this prayer, the army installed an idol and offered Bonalo to Goddess Mahakali.

During the festival, women carry pots on their heads and offer bonam. This includes bangles and saris for Goddess Mahakali. Bonalo festival rituals include celebrations at temples such as the Ujaini Mahakali Temple, the Sri Katta Masma-Pochma Temple, and the Mathishwari Temple at the Red Gate.

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