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Riot of colours marks Bonalu festivities

Staff Reporter

The festival will conclude today with ‘rangam' ceremony and ‘Ghatam' procession

– Photos: PTI & K. RAMESH BABU

deep devotion: TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao during the Bonalu festival in the city on Sunday. (Right) A Pothuraju


Hyderabad: Old City was draped with different kinds of hues to mark the two day-annual Bonalu festivites on Sunday.

A fair like atmosphere prevailed as people of all ages dressed in their best clothes made their way to numerous Mahankali temples to celebrate Bonalu with pomp and gaiety as groups of youngsters danced to the energetic ‘teen maar' beats.

Holding the traditional ‘bonam' on their head, thousands of women walked to temples such as the ‘historic Akkanna Madanna Mahankali temple at Haribowli, Lal Darwaza Mahankali temple, Mutyalamma Temple at Bela, Darbar Maisamma temple at Aliabad and other Mahankali temples at Uppuguda, Gowlipura, Mir Alam mandi and Alija Kotla.

While most of them offered bonam's which consists of rice, jaggery, curd, neem leaves and bangles to the goddess, others were seen offering the traditional ‘pattu saree' at temples. Minister D. Nagender, TDP leader Devender Goud, Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy, MP Anjan Kumar Yadav, BJP leader, Kishan Reddy visited temples. BC Welfare Minister, Mukesh Goud also offered the traditional ‘pattu' saree and bangles at the Akkanna Madanna Temple. The festivities will conclude on Monday with the ‘rangam' ceremony where an oracle would predict the future, followed by the ‘Ghatam' procession which is lead by a caparisoned elephant. The procession will start from Lal Darwaza and pass through Shah-ali-banda, Phattergatti, Charminar and Nayapul. City Police Commissioner A.K. Khan said extensive arrangements have been made for peaceful procession. Over 2,500 policemen and 200 women police officers have been posted in different areas to ensure smooth conduct of festivities. Special teams from the detective department and the bomb squad have also been deployed to identify criminals and prevent any untoward incidents, he added.

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