About Bathukamma festival

Bathukamma is a popular festival celebrated in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. This festival is celebrated by Hindu women for nine days during Durga Navaratri. Celebration of Bathukamma ends two days before Dussehra festival. On the last day which is the closing ceremony of the Bathukamma festival is known as Saddula Bathukamma or Peddha Bathukamma. Bathukamma means Bathuku=live, Amma= mother, is a form of worshipping goddess 'Gauri Devi'.

Bathukamma is a flower stack arranged in a cone shape with seven layers of seasonally available flowers like Gorinta, Gunugu, Tangedu, Alli, Lotus and Katla. This festival is celebrated for nine days though the First and last day were celebrated importantly.

On the last day of Bathukamma festival women wear traditional sari's and jewelers. And in the evening women gather in a place and place their bathukamma's in the middle and dance around them with clapping equally and by singing folk songs of bathukamma.

Later the bathukamma's were taken to a lake or pond and set them float in water by placing a Diya/Deepam on it. The lakes with floating Bathukamma's were an eye treat to the folks.

At the end of the event women distribute prasadam which comprises of different kinds of laddus made of different cereals and with jaggery. The festival is celebrated gloriously in Warangal district which is in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh. One should witness the celebration of Bathukamma festival in Warangal.

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