Apart from the generally
common festivals that are celebrated here, there are many more that are
unfamiliar. These festivals are celebrated with pomp and splendour as they
brings to life, the fervour of the people of the State and those from
other places visiting the state. The festivals are not a lavish affair
though. They serve as a refreshing break from the monotonous routines of
The festival mainly belongs to or has been
originated in the Telangana region and is hence, very special to the
locals there. Celebrated with liveliness and enthusiasm, this festival
continues for a month. The idol of the Goddess Batkamma is worshipped
during this time. It is then left afloat gently on the rivers and lakes.
The Telangana area also plays host to
another widely known festival that falls on Asvija Shuddha Dasami
(Sep/Oct), called Batkamma Panduga. Celebrated for nine days in a row,
this festival is dedicated to a married Vaisya woman, who was killed by
her own brother at the instigation of his wife. Legend has it that the
victim was reborn in her grave as a flowering tree.
During both these celebrations, there are
dance performances, music, dramas and a variety of entertainment as
thousands of tourists and locals too, flock to witness the happenings.
Also famous as the harvest festival, it is
believed that Sankranti marks the entry of the sun into the northern
hemisphere. Sacred to the Hindus, the Sun God is worshipped on this day.
Kite Flying is also considered auspicious and rangoli forms the major
attraction of any household's doorstep. This is a three-day festival
celebrated with much pomp and splendour. It generally falls in
celebrated in the months of March and April and is also famous as the
Telugu New Year. House-cleaning, painting, decorating with mango leaves
forms a major part of the celebration process performed in each household.
celebrated in the months of February and March. The festival is dedicated
to the worship of Lord Shiva. It is held to acquire the blessings of the
Lord through fasts and penance. Diwali, the festival of lights is
no exception. The Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi, is the main deity worshipped
during this festival.
festivals are also celebrated with equal fervour and enjoyment as they
form a part of the religious traditions prevailing in the state. There are
feasts held accompanied by dancing and music. The temple festival called
the Chandana Yatra,
is held during March-April. The venue is Simhachalam. Homage is paid
during the festival to the reigning deity Narasimha. Sandalwood paste is
applied to the deity. The pilgrims gather and surround to watch the priest
smear the paste on the idol of the Lord.
is another festival held on the banks of the river Godavari. This festival
is held in Rajahmundry and it is celebrated only once in 12 years. Of the
few other festivals celebrated with utmost fervour, here, is the
Ramanavami. It is held at the Sri SitaRamachandraswamy temple, once a year
during the months of March-April. The venue for this festival is
Bhadrachalam near Warangal. Bonalu, a
festival of colours and poetry, is when women, decked in beautiful attire
rally around Devi Mahankali. The devi is a heap of flowers adorning a pot.
is the festival of Ganesha, the pot bellied, elephant headed son of Shiva.
The Brahmotsavam in September-October and the Rathotsavam are also among
the popular festivals of this place. Muharram,
celebrated in Hyderabad, is very popular as the morning of Benaras and the
evening of Oudh.