There are few festivals which are not celebrated in any other place other than in Telangana. The Festivals and Jatharas of Telangana State present its unique culture, people and language. These Hindu Religious Temples are administered by the Endowments Department Telangana. There strong desire to preserve the uniqueness to cherish for prosperity, which brought the inspiration among individuals to fight for their cause that led to the state birth. This Uniqueness in a particular reflection is made apparent through its festival celebrations.
The Bathukamma festival is a colourful festival that is celebrated in Ashwin month or Aswiyuja month is a 9-day event and worships Goddess Gauri by celebrating the festival. This festival is celebrated with different types of flowers which grow in that season. The festival’s main ritual is to arrange colourful seasonal flowers in the canonical structure. The symbolic representation of Gauri anointed with turmeric. Women dress in their best attires to worship goddess Gauri and sing Bathukamma Songsand praises. The Bathukamma festival has become an integral part in Telangana’s cultural identity. This festival has announced as Telangana’s State Festival.
Bonalu Festival the annual festival celebrated in Ashada Masam which comes in July/August and Goddess Mahakali worshipped during this festival. In this festival, “Bonam” (means meal in Telugu) which a pot of rice cooked in both milk and Jiggery the main offering to the Goddess. The pot adorned with turmeric, neem leaves and vermillion, also a lighted Diya crowned to the pot. Along with the Bonam, the goddess offered vermillion, sarees and bangles representing vitality and youth to seek her blessings. It the source of merriment for Telangana People.
3. Medaram Samakka Saralamma Jathara
This festival celebrated to commemorate the bravery of mother and daughter, Samakka and Saralamma who fought against the rulers for their unjust practices. It known to one of the largest tribal fairs in Telangana. This festival celebrated in every Even numbered year in the month of Magh (January – February,) on a full moon night and spans over four days period. Huge numbers of devotees (over 1.5 crores) attend this Jathara to seek the blessings of the powerful tribal goddesses.
4. Edupayala Jathara
This Jathara celebrated in Nagasanpalli in Medak District of Telangana. This Jathara has special significance among Telangana People in the Magh month. It spans for over 3 days and welcomes all the devotees from all districts of Telangana state to cleanse their sins by having a holy dip in the seven water streams. The popularity of this Jathara made Nagasanpalli a most loved tourist place.
5. Keslapur Nagoba Jathara
This Jathara held in Keslapur village of Adilabad district in Telangana. This is the second biggest tribal festival of Adilabad. This Jathara spans for five days where the Mesaram clan members worship the serpent god through various ceremonies and rituals.
6. Kondagattu Jathara
This Jathara celebrated during Hanuman Jathara, an annual festival held in Anjaneya Swamy’s Temple located in Karimnagar district of Telangana State. Lord Hanuman worshipped, thousands of devotees appear, pay respects, seek blessings from Hanuman. The devotees of Hanuman involve in “Hanuman Deeksha” which is for 45 days and then a holy bath follows.
Ursu Jathara, Ilona Jathara, Sadar festival, etc, are some of the other unique Telangana festivals.
Important Details of Festivals and Jatharas of Telangana