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`Bonalu' festival concludes

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD Aug. 5. After 11 days of traditional celebrations and worship of goddess Mahankali, the `Bonalu' festival concluded in the Old City this evening with a glittering procession followed by immersion of `ghatams' at Nayapool.

While thousands of people waited along the road from Laldarwaza to Nayapool and watched the exquisitely decorated `ghatams', hundreds of youths danced to the tempting drumbeats and orchestra.

Slogans such as `Jai Mahankali Mataki' rent the air and devotees offered flowers and fruits to the deities en route. The three-hour long grand procession passed off peacefully with the immersion of `ghatams' of 12 temples in Musi river.

The Mayor, T. Krishna Reddy, the Union Minister of State for Railways, Bandaru Dattatreya, the Tourism Minister, T. Srinivas Yadav, the MLA, D. Nagender, and several corporators of the Old City welcomed the `ghatams' at Charminar.

The `ghatam' of Haribowli Akkanna Madanna temple, placed on an elephant, with mounted horses and models representing Akkanna and Madanna, headed the procession. The well-decorated vehicles carrying the deities, kids dressed in Ashtha Laxmi and various mythological roles, were a feast to the eyes. The former minister, Kanumuri Bapiraju, accompanied the Haribowli Akkanna Madanna temple `ghatam' till its immersion.

The convoy of different temples converged at Nehru statue in Laldarwaza at 4 p.m. and reached Charminar by 6 p.m. As it was getting late, the police had to force the organisers and devotees to speed up the procession and complete the immersion early.

Elaborate security arrangements were made for the peaceful conduct of the procession. Special police teams were deployed at high-rise buildings and video cameras were arranged as part of surveillance.

As many as 13,000 policemen, including force from outside the city police, were deployed. The Joint Commissioner of Police (Security), V.S.K. Kaumudi and South Zone DCP, Govind Singh, personally supervised the procession.

For the first time, the Ummadi Devalayala Committee hired a yellow Pushpak Aircraft to sprinkle flowers on the devotees from the air. A platform was arranged by the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) party corporators beside Nimrah bakery at Charminar to welcome the procession.

The important `mata ghatams' of the procession included Mahankali temples of Haribowli Akkanna-Madanna, Laldarwaza, Uppuguda, Miralam Mandi, Kasaratta, Alijah Kotla and Gowlipura, Jagadamba temple of Sultanshahi, Bangaru Mysamma temple of Shahalibanda and Sultanshahi, Darbar Mysamma of Aliabad and Mutyalamma temple of Chandulal Bela.

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