Warangal Urban: Braving rain, women and young girls attired in the best have gathered at the Padmakshi Gutta in the city and played around the colourful Bathukammas on Sunday evening on the concluding day of the nine-day festival of flowers.
Earlier, they had stared in rally carrying Bathukammas in diverse patterns and sizes from their respective localities, and arrived at Padmakshi Gutta and worshiped Bathukamma by singing songs in praise of Goddess Gauri before immersing the floral arrangements in the Padmakshi Gundam. Officials have made all arrangements like lighting, setting up the LED screens and others at the centres where women played Bathukamma. Nearly 40 expert swimmers were pressed into the service to avoid the untoward incidents during the immersion of the Bathukammas in the Gundam. On the other hand, police have deployed She team members at the centres. Traffic curbs have been imposed in some routes. Saddula Bathukamma was also enthusiastically celebrated in other towns and villages in the erstwhile Warangal district.
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Errabelli Dayakar Rao has participated in the Bathukamma celebrations at Thorrur town in Mahabubabad district and at his village Parvathagiri in Warangal Rural district.
Tableaux showcase culture
Hyderabad: Lanes and bylanes in the city reverberated with drum beats and traditional Bathukamma songs as women celebrated Saddula Bathukamma – the grand finale of the floral festivities on Sunday.
Saddula Bathukamma marks the culmination of nine-day festivities and immersion of floral stacks in water bodies. Community halls, function halls, colony parks and other locations, including crossroads buzzed with activity as women and children gathered in large numbers to celebrate the festival.
Rain was no deterrent for the celebrations as many continued at venues that were specially decked up with colourful flowers and attractive illumination. Dressed in traditional attire, women turned up in good numbers at community halls and parks to celebrate the occasion. Telangana Tourism in association with Culture department organised a grand programme at LB Stadium to celebrate Saddula Bathukamma. Cutting across communities, women joined the celebrations. After an hour of dance and
songs amidst rains, participants took out a colourful procession to Tank Bund via Basheerbagh and Liberty crossroads.
Leading the procession, different artists from across the State danced and performed traditional plays. Tableau decorated with flowers and lighting depicting Telangana’s culture and the significance of Bathukamma festivities were part of the procession.
Hyderabad Traffic Police made elaborate arrangements around LB stadium and Tank Bund to ensure free flow of traffic. At Tank Bund, all arrangements were made to avoid any inconvenience for women in immersing the floral stacks.