Carrying traditional ‘bonam’, women throng Goddess Jagadamba temple atop Golconda Fort
The annual Bonalu festival has begun with pomp and gaiety at Golconda here on Sunday. Clad in their festive best, devotees in good numbers started to throng the temple in the morning. Cloudy and pleasant weather gave way to rains in the afternoon but that did not deter the devotees.
Carrying traditional ‘bonam’ offerings, women in large numbers participated in the festivities at Golconda. The entire place seemed to have a trance-like state, reverberating with the rhythmic beats of the traditional dappu. Devotees clad in bright yellows, reds and greens, decked up with their finest jewellery carrying the bonam were seen dancing in prayer accompanied by the fierce-looking ‘potharajus’ with the traditional whips in their hands.
Authorities have made elaborate arrangements for the festival while implementing Covid-19 protocols. Traffic was diverted around the fort area to prevent any possible inconvenience to the devotees. Meanwhile, Animal Husbandry and Cinematography Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav said the State government has taken all the measures to make sure the festivities are celebrated with grandeur.
On this occasion, Katta Maisamma temple at lower Tank Bund saw Salivahana Sangham offering 501 bonams in addition to special poojas being performed at Ujjaini Mahankali temple in Secunderabad. MLA Muta Gopal, corporator Suchitra, Endowments Officer Manohar Reddy were a part of these celebrations.
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