No Bonalu processions this time around

Bonalu processions
File Photo of Bonalu celebration

Hyderabad: The annual Bonalu festivities in the twin cities will be celebrated without much fanfare this time on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The restricted celebrations will have the temple priest offering ‘Bonam’ made in a decorated earthen pot with cooked rice and laced with jaggery and curd to the goddess. The devotees, however, were asked to celebrate the festival at their home only and offer their Bonam to the Sun God from outside their homes and to keep it in their puja room.

As per guidelines of the Central and State governments, no processions will be allowed during the festival. A decision to this effect was taken during a high-level meeting convened by Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav with elected representatives from the city along officials from the Police, GHMC and Endowments department here on Wednesday. Members of various temple committees from Secunderabad and the Old City were also present.

The festival will begin with the celebrations at the Sri Jagadamba temple atop Golconda Fort from June 25 and later at Sri Ujjaini Mahankali temple in Secunderabad on July 12 and 13 and then at Sri Simhavahini Mahankali temple in Lal Darwaza and Sri Akkanna Madanna Mahankali temple in Haribowli near Shahalibanda on July 19 and 20.

The festival will celebrated as per the guidelines to be issued by the Central and State governments on such celebrations, the Minister said, adding that it was not advisable to celebrate the festival like every year when the pandemic was prevailing. Officials from the Endowments department will offer silk clothes to the goddess at various temples in the twin cities, the Minister added.

Uncertainty over ‘Rangam’

Hyderabad: Uncertainty prevails over the ‘Rangam’, the performing Oracle, the next day of the Bonalu festival at Sri Ujjaini Mahankali temple in Secunderabad. Standing atop an earthen pot, every year, Swarnalatha, the Oracle, invokes Goddess Mahankali into her and performs the custom.

Replying to questions posed by devotees, she predicts about the future with specific reference to rains, agricultural scenario and seasonal diseases.

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