HYDERABAD: The century-old Sri Bhulaxmi Mata Mandir, Begum Bazaar X Road, is gearing up for grand Bonalu, the annual competition that venerates Goddess Mahakali, after a niche of two years because of the pandemic restrictions.   

The temple was constructed when the Musallam Jung Pul or  Muslim Jung bridge was in-built 1893. Yelduri Babu Guru, chief priest of the temple stated, “The Goddess apparently got here from beneath the bottom and appeared for actual. It was the Nizam authorities that constructed the temple. We have been taking good care of this temple for generations. I’m the fifth technology priest right here. Bonalu has been celebrated since 1969 on this temple.”

 

In a standard ritual a day previous to Bonalu, the Goddess’ marriage ceremony takes place. On the competition day, devotees begin coming to the temple from 5 am to supply Naivedyam, referred to as Bonam which suggests ‘meal’ provided to the Goddess. On the day of Bonalu, 1000’s of individuals go to this temple. In the night, there’s a Palaram Bandi Julus the place the Goddess’ procession is taken by way of the city. 

As a part of the festivities, Ghatam, a copper pot, adorned within the type of Goddess, is carried by a priest to a lemon tree, adopted by a procession to carry out pooja. Ghatam is a parade to ask the Goddess to have fun Bonalu competition with folks. They immerse it in water on the final day of the competition.

 

On the identical day, Rangam occurs when Susheelamma, the orator, is possessed by a goddess. She indulges in an act of prophecy at Sri Bhulaxmi Mata Mandir. She predicts the longer term occasions for the next yr.

Explaining the importance of mud pots in Bonalu, Yelduri Babu Guru, the chief priest stated, “Mud pots have particular significance on this competition. Devotees put their choices in mud-pot as a result of it’s thought-about to be the purest of fabric moderately than metals. It can be highly effective.”

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