The very mention of ‘Bathukamma’ conjures in the mind, the word ‘life’ for that’s what the Telugu ‘Bathuku’ means in English. Although it is celebrated during Dasara by people belonging to many States, it is synonymous with Telangana, the 29<+t><+h>and the youngest State in the Indian Republic.
In tune with the Telangana Government’s efforts to showcase the unique culture and tradition of the State, ‘Bathukamma’ has been declared a State festival that will be celebrated officially from this year onwards. The Department of Culture and Tourism will organise the celebrations from September 24 to October 3. There will be a grand finale on October 2, though, here in Hyderabad, the City of Pearls.
‘Bathukamma Panduga’ (‘Panduga’ means festival) begins on ‘Badhrapada Amavasya’ and ends on ‘Durgashtami.’ For people belonging to Telangana, the ‘Floral Festival’ is as important as the famed ‘Bonalu’ and wherever they are, people belonging to the State across the world, celebrate it, with flowers.
It marks the end of the rainy season (‘Varsha Ruthuvu’) and actually starts the next day ‘Sarath Ruthuvu.’ On the last day, ‘Durgashtami’, it is called ‘Chaddula Bathukamma.’ ‘Bathukamma’ is actually a floral decoration using flowers arranged on a big plat in conical shape in seven layers.
They comprise seven different types of flowers, known commonly as ‘Tangedi’, ‘Gunuka’, ‘Lotus’, ‘Alli’, ‘Katla’ and ‘Teku.’
All these flowers are generally available during the season and on top of the seven layers, a pumpkin flower is kept, above which the Goddess sits, in the form of turmeric.
Dressed in their colourful, traditional best, women form a circle around the ‘Bathukamma’ and dance for long before taking it to the nearest water body and immersing it.
Principal Secretary-Culture & Tourism B.P. Acharya said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is inviting several Chief Ministers from other States, primarily women to the festival. Also his daughter and Member of Parliament, Kavitha, is inviting several prominent women from across the country.
The Telangana Government will celebrate the festival officially from this year to showcase the unique culture and tradition of the newly formed State
Batukamma is a spring festival celebrated by the Hindu women of Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is also called as Bodemma. This festival falls in the months of September/October called as Aswiyuja and concludes two days before Dussera called as Durgashtami.
Batukamma is a beautiful flower stack, arranged with seasonal flowers, in seven concentric layers, of potter’s clay like a cone. Batuku in Telugu means live/life, and Amma means mother, hence Batukamma, is celebrated for the glory of Gauri goddess – the patron Goddess of womanhood.
Women celebrate the festival dressed-up in traditional silk sarees, wear jewellery and girls wear a two-piece saree called as Langa oni.
In the evening, women gather in large numbers with their batukammas in their locality, place them in the middle and dance around them, synchronizing steps and claps in unison, and singing soul stirring batukamma folk songs.
Women dancing around their Batukammas After singing and dancing around for hours, Batukammas are taken to a lake or a pond and spend some more time singing and dancing and are set afloat in the water body.
Sathulu, a prasadam made of jaggery, is prepared on this day and distributed at the end of the event. People wishing to watch Bathukamma festival being celebrated in its true sense and full glory must visit Warangal on its last day 2 days before festival of Dussehra. Only Women are allowed and male companions must wait outside the festival grounds.Like this: Related Post navigation Leave a Reply Cancel reply
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I love Bhatukamma… I have seen this festival right from childhood and my mom used to make beautiful Bathukamma and we get ready in pattu saree and also full of gold jewellery. This ia true festival for Women especially in Telangana.
समारोह के प्रमुख शासित प्रदेश : बठुकम्मा महोत्सव एक शरद ऋतु महोत्सव है और आंध्र प्रदेश के तेलंगाना क्षेत्र के हिंदू महिलाओं द्वारा मनाया जाता है.
उत्सव मनाने का समय (महीने) : यह महोत्सव कम पिछड़ी जातियां की महिलाओं द्वारा मनाया जाता है. यह चांद्र मास के पहले दिन पर अस्वयुजा से शुरु होता है और महामवामी दशहरा से एक दिन पहले समाप्त होता है और दुर्गाष्टमी के रूप में बुलाया जाता है. यह महोत्सव सितंबर / अक्टूबर माह में आता है
महोत्सव के बारे में : बठुकम्मा एक सुंदर फूल ढेर, सात परतों में मौसमी फूलों के साथ गाढ़ा करने की व्यवस्था की है. बठुकम्मा शब्द (बठुकू + अम्मा) से बना है बठुकू का मतलब तेलुगु में रहते हैं / जीवन में अर्थ और अम्मा शब्द का मतलब मां है इसलिये बठुकम्मा लोक कम - पिछड़ा जाति की महिलाओं के द्वारा मनाया जाता है इसमें गौरी देवी के रूप में चिह्नित की महिमा के लिए मनाया जाता है.
इस दिन हर घर की स्त्री स्नान कर के पारंपरिक रेशम साड़ियाँ पहनती है और गहने पहनने के बाद विभिन्न रंगों के फूल जैसे गुनुका, तन्गेदी, कमल, अल्ली, कतला. को एक स्तूप के आकार में विभिन्न प्रकार की के नरकट या बांस या पीतल की थाली और हल्दी में शीर्ष देवी लक्ष्मी पर स्थापित करती है. पूजा के बाद यह एक कमरे के एक कोने में रखा जाता है.
शाम में समय सभी महिलाओं उनके इलाके में अपने बठुकम्मस के साथ इकट्ठा और सभी बठुकम्मस को बीच में एक जगह रख कर उनके आसपास नृत्य करती है. एक सुर में और कदम और तालियों के तुल्यकालन, और आत्मा गायन बठुकम्मा लोक गीतों को सरगर्मी से गाती है
महिला उनके बठुकम्मस के आसपास नृत्य करती है और नृत्य करते हुए बठुकम्मस को पास की एक झील या तालाब की और ले जाती है और कुछ और समय के गायन और नृत्य के बाद पानी में अपने आप को ले जाती है
यह त्योहार नौ दिनों तक चलता है और त्योहार के अंतिम दिन को चाद्दुला बताकम्मा कहा जाता है.
Bathuku in Telugu means live/life, and Amma means mother, hence Bathukamma. is celebrated for the glory, later denoted as Goddess Gauri - the patron Goddess of womanhood.
Batukamma festival is celebrated during September - October. Once upon a time, King Dharmangada of Chola Dynasty used to rule South India. After many prayers and rituals, his wife gave birth to Goddess Lakshmi. Baby Lakshmi survived many accidents. So, the parents named her Batukamma ( Batuku means life, Amma means mother). Since then Batukamma festival is celebrated by young girls and women.
This festival is celebrated for nine days beginning from the Padyami (first day) of the month Asvayuja (September - October). Flowers is arranged on a plate or square wooden plank or a square bamboo frame in a conical layout. On the top, gynecium of a pumpkin flower or a cone made of turmeric to represent Batukamma is installed. This floral arrangement is worshipped as Goddess Batukamma. Every evening, girls and women residing in the neighborhood assemble at one place; usually someone's home or nearby temple or a lake or a river. In some places, earthen idol, called Boddemma. is carved and consecrated in the home or at a place in the village. Girls and women dance around Boddemma & Batukammalu and sing songs of Batukamma. After the play and prayer, these Batukammalu are left at the temple or immersed in the lake or river. This continues for nine days with every evening concluding as a social meet. On the final day, everyone in the town goes to the nearest river or lake, where the most beautiful and largest floral Batukammalu are brought and floated. The scene looks picturesque with flowers of different colors floating on the water. Children, women and especially young girls in large numbers participate in the festival.
Admission for this event is free. Prasadam will be provided after the event.
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Bathukamma (Telugu: బతుకమ్మ) is Telangana's floral festival celebrated by the Hindu women of Telangana. once a year this competition is widely known as per Telugu version of lunisolar calendar within the Bhadrapada Amavasya, conjointly referred to as Mahalaya Amavasya, typically in September–October of Gregorian calendar. Bathukamma is widely known for 9 days throughout Hindu deity Navratri. It starts on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya and therefore the 9-day festivities can culminate on "Saddula Bathukamma " or "Pedda Bathukamma " competition on Ashwayuja Ashtami, popularly referred to as Durgashtami that is 2 days before Dussehra. Bathukamma is followed by Boddemma, that may be a 7-day competition. Boddemma competition that marks the ending of Varsha Ruthu whereas Bathukamma competition indicates the start of Sarad or Sharath Ruthu
Bathukamma represents cultural spirit of Telangana. Bathukamma may be a stunning flower stack, organized with completely different distinctive seasonal flowers most of them with healthful values, in seven coaxial layers within the form of temple gopuram. In Telugu, ‘Bathukamma' suggests that ‘Mother deity return Alive’ and deity Maha Gauri-‘Life Giver’ is idolized within the kind of Bathukamma – the patron deity of womanhood, Maha Gauri Hindu deity
It is the competition for female felicitation. On this big day girls dress up within the ancient frock combining it with jewels and different accessories. immature women wear Langa-Oni/Half-Sarees/Lehenga Choli combining it with jewels so as to bring out the normal grace of the apparel.
For the 9 days, within the evening, women, particularly young ladies, roll up massive numbers with their Bathukammas in open areas of their neck of the woods. All girls can type a revolve around the Bathukamma and begin singing folks songs by applause their hands and revolving round the Bathukamma, synchronizing steps and claps in unison offer a splendorous look to the festivities. girls look for physiological condition, prosperity and happiness for his or her families. The songs ar to invoke the blessings of assorted goddesses. By principle, the rendition finish with anybody of the subsequent 3 tributes Uyyaala - ఉయ్యాల, Chandamama - చందమామ or Gouramma - గౌరమ్మ.
Telangana girls Celebrating Bathukamma
Each day contains a name principally signifying the kind of "naivedyam" (food offering) offered. Most of the naivedyam (food offering) offered ar terribly easy to arrange, and typically young kids or young ladies ar principally concerned within the preparation of the offerings for the primary eight days of the pageant. The Last Judgement, known as saddula Bathukamma is once all the ladies participate within the preparation. Following is that the list of names for every day and therefore the naivedyam offered on it day.
1) Engili Botswana monetary unit Bathukamma- the primary day of the pageant falls on Mahalaya Amavasya, additionally referred to as Pethara Amavasya in Telangana region. Food offering/Naivedyam: Nuvvulu(Sesame seeds) with biyyampindi(rice flour) or nookalu(coarsely ground wet rice).
2) Atkula Bathukamma: The second day is named Atkula bathukamma, falls on the Padyami(first day) of Ashwayuja masam. Food offering/Naivedyam: Sappidi pappu(Bland stewed lentils), bellam(jaggery), and atkulu (flattened parboiled rice)
3)Muddapappu Bathukamma: The third day of Bathukamma falls on Vidiya/second day of Ashwayuja masam. Food offering/Naivedyam: muddapappu (softened stewed lentils), milk and bellam(jaggery)
4)Nanabiyyam Bathukamma: The fourth day falls on thidiya/third day of Ashwayuja masam. Food offering/Naivedyam: nananesina biyyam(wet rice), milk, and bellam(jaggery)
5)Atla Bathukamma: The fifth day falls on the chathurdi/fourth day of Ashwayuja masam. Food offering/Naivedyam: uppidi pindi atlu( pan cakes made up of wheatlets), or Dosa
6)Aligina Bathukamma: The sixth day falls on the panchami/fifth day of Ashwayuja masam. No food providing is formed.
7)Vepakayala Bathukamma: The seventh day falls on the sashti/sixth day of Ashwayuja masam. Food offering/Naivedyam: riceflour formed into the fruits of Azadirachta indica is deepfried.
8)Vennamuddala Bathukamma: The eight day falls on sapthami/seventh day of Ashwayuja masam. Food offering/Naivedyam: nuvvulu(sesame), Venna(Butter) or ghee(clarified butter), and bellam(jaggery)
9) Saddula Bathukamma: The ninth day of bathukamma is well known on ashtami/eight day of Ashwayuja masam, and coincides with Durgashtami. Food offering/Naivedyam: 5 kinds of fried rice dishes: perugannam saddi(curd rice), chinthapandu pulihora saddi(tamarind rice), nimmakaya saddi(lemon rice), kobbara saddi(coconut rice) and nuvvula saddi(sesame rice)Bathukamma Festival Breif:
Bathukamma suggests that ‘come back to life mother’ associated it's an soliciting for god Sati to come. Legend has it that Sati came as god Anapurna and thus the pageant is additionally dedicated to god Anapurna.
There square measure several myths behind this pageant. in line with one story god Hindu deity killed 'Mahishasura' the demon when a fierce fight. when this act, she visited sleep on the 'Aswayuja Padyami', thanks to fatigue. The devotees prayed to her to get up, and he or she awakened on the Dasami.
The other being Bathukamma, because the female offspring of the 'Chola' King 'Dharmangada' and 'Satyavati'. The king and queen lost their one hundred sons within the field of battle and prayed to god Lakshmi to turn in their house, as their kid. god Lakshmi detected their sincere prayers and selected to oblige them. once Lakshmi was born within the royal palace, all the sages came to bless her and that they blessed her with immortality "Bathukamma or Live Forever".
Bathukamma or 'Shakthi', in line with one legend, could be a lover of flowers. Flowers square measure organized on a sq. wood plank or a sq. bamboo frame with the dimensions of frames petering out to create a pinnacle on high. They correspond the form of a temple 'Gopura'. Gauramma (a symbolic idol of Gowri made from turmeric) is placed on high of the flowers. this small floral mountain is adored as god Bathukamma.
This pageant is widely known with joy and gaiety. throughout these celebrations, there square measure dance performances, music, dramas and a range of entertainments as thousands of tourists and locals too, flock to witness the happenings. 'Jataras' are control throughout this month long celebrations..
This is a nine-day festival famous among the Hindu women of the Telangana State in India. This festival gets started on ‘Mahalaya Amavasya’ and ends on ‘Durgashtami’. Bathukamma is a wonderful arrangement of concentric layers of flowers that are generally seven in numbers and conical in shape. Instead of any idol the goddess in the form of turmeric is seated on the zenith of the heap of colourful flowers that reveal life and perpetuity.
The word Bathukamma is a combination of two words, one is Bathuku that means ‘life’ and the other is Amma that means mother. In other words people worship ‘Goddess Gauri’ who is an incarnation of ‘Shakti’ in the appearance of Bathukamma in this festival.
According to legends once upon a time Daksha with an intention to perform a Yajna had invited everybody except his daughter ‘Gauri’ who against his wishes was married to Lord Shiva. Without giving it a thought she joined the yajna with Lord Shiva. Daksha insulted both of them because of coming without any invitation. Incapable of tolerating the insult she set herself in fire and ended her life. Bathukamma in ‘Telugu’ is meant to insist Mother Goddess or Sati to come alive in this world with full respect.
There is another story behind the celebration of this festival. There was once a king called ‘Dharmangada’ who belonged to the Chola Dynasty and ruled over South India. King Dharmangada and his wife Satyavati after remaining childless for many years had observed many rituals and puja’s with a view to have a child. Satyavati gave birth to Goddess Lakshmi who survived several accidents. So, in this respect they gave her the name ‘Bathukamma’ and from that time this festival is eminent among the women of Telengana province.MAKING BATHUKAMMA
Bathukamma is a collection of seasonal flowers of distinctive nature that are gathered by the men of the families by going into the wild forests. The flowers mainly consist of Lotus, Teku, Tangedi, Katla and Alli. After receiving the flowers the women of the house start constructing the Bathukamma over a broad platter or wooden board. A pyramidal or conical heap of flowers is then prepared and a flower of pumpkin is placed on the crown.RITUALS
Goddess Gauri is worshipped by the women and children after being bathed early in the morning. They offer the puja after wearing new clothes. ‘Naivedyam’ consisting of Bajra, Sorghum, Black Gram, Green Gram, Bengal Gram, Corn, Ground Nuts, Wheat, Rice, Sesame, Cashew Nut Jaggery and Milk is offered to the Goddess and after that distributed among the people. Women congregate in huge numbers in the evening with their Bathukammas at an open region. They dance followed by singing and clapping in unison encircling their Bathukammas. They also sing in praise of the Goddess with a view to get her blessings.
The last day of the festival is known as ‘Saddula Bathukamma’ or ‘Pedda Bathukamma’. On this day Bathukammas of a bit bigger sized are made and worshipped by the women. After that they are taken for immersion in the nearby water pools accompanied by the people dancing and making merry. The turmeric placed on the top is taken from it and is applied as a paste in the ‘Mangal Sutras’ worn by the married women with a view to protect their husbands from evil destinies. They also exchange vermillion as a mark of a devoted Hindu married woman.PRASAD AND OFFERINGS
‘Naivedyam’ is offered on all days and at the culmination of the event a special Prasad that is made from Jaggery is circulated among the women.
Hindus celebrate Navratri festival to worship Hindu Goddess Durga. In Sanskrit Navratri means Nine Nights, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. Navratri is an important major festival and is celebrated with great zeal all over India.
During these 9 nights, 9 forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. After Navratri the 10 th day is commonly referred as Vijayadashami or “Dussehra” (also spelled Dasara). Vijaya Dashami day is considered auspicious for initiating the children into writing and reading, which is called Vidyarambham.
Navratri festival corresponds to a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which is observed primarily by the ethnic Chinese of Min Nan linguistic group in Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and also the Riau Islands called the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.
Navaratri represents a celebration of the Goddess Amba (the Power). Navaratri is celebrated 5 times a year. They are Ashadha Navaratri, Vasanta Navaratri, Sharad Navaratri, and Paush/Magha Navaratri.
Navaratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. In North India, all three Navaratris are celebrated with much fervor by fasting on all nine days and worshiping the Mother Goddess in her different forms. The Dussehra of Kullu in Himachal Pradesh is particularly famous in the North. Navratri festival in Gujarat is one of the main festivals. Garba is a dance which people perform on all nine nights, after the Durga Pooja, in groups accompanied by live orchestra or devotional songs.
In Western India, particularly in the state of Gujarat and Mumbai, Navratri is celebrated with the famous Garba and Dandiya-Raas dance. Government of Gujarat has been organizing the “Navratri Festival Celebrations” on a regular basis for the 9 days of Navratri Festival in Gujarat. People from all over Gujarat and even abroad come to participate in the 9 days celebrations. It is also popular throughout India and among Indian communities around the world including the UK, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and USA.
In Karnataka, Ayudha Puja, the ninth day of Mysore Dasara, is celebrated with the worship of implements used in daily life such as computers, books, vehicles, or kitchen tools. The effort to see the divine in the tools and objects one uses in daily life is central to this celebration, so it includes all tools that help one earn one’s livelihood. Knowledge workers go for books, pen or computers, farmers go for the plough and other agricultural tools, machinery for industrialists and cars/buses/trucks for the transportation workers—all are decorated with flowers and worshiped on this day invoking God’s blessing for success in coming years. It is believed that any new venture such as starting of business or purchasing of new household items on this day is bound to bring success and prosperity.
In Telangana state people celebrate Bathukamma festival over a period of nine days. It is a kind of navratri celebration.More from my site
Bathukamma is floral festival celebrated by the Hindu women of Telangana. Every year this festival is celebrated as per Telugu version of Hindu calendar in the Bhadrapada Amavasya, also known as Mahalaya Amavasya, usually in September–October of Gregorian calendar. Bathukamma is celebrated for nine days during Durga Navratri. It starts on the day of Mahalaya Amavasya and the 9-day festivities will culminate on “Saddula Bathukamma” or “Pedda Bathukamma” festival on Ashwayuja Ashtami, popularly known as Durgashtami which is two days before Dussehra. Bathukamma is followed by Boddemma, which is a 7-day festival. Boddemma festival that marks the ending of Varsha Ruthu whereas Bathukamma festival indicates the beginning of Sarad or Sharath Ruthu
Bathukamma represents cultural spirit of Telangana. Bathukamma is a beautiful flower stack, arranged with different unique seasonal flowers most of them with medicinal values, in seven concentric layers in the shape of temple gopuram. In Telugu, ‘Bathukamma’ means ‘Mother Goddess come Alive’ and Goddess Maha Gauri-‘Life Giver’ is worshipped in the form of Bathukamma – the patron goddess of womanhood, Maha Gauri Devi.
It is the festival for feminine felicitation. On this special occasion women dress up in the traditional sari combining it with jewels and other accessories. Teenage Girls wear Langa-Oni/Half-Sarees/Lehenga Choli combining it with jewels in order to bring out the traditional grace of the attire.
For the nine days, in the evening, women, especially young girls, gather in large numbers with their Bathukammas in open areas of their locality. All women will form a circle around the Bathukamma and start singing folk songs by clapping their hands and revolving around the Bathukamma, synchronizing steps and claps in unison provide a splendorous look to the festivities. Women seek good health, prosperity and happiness for their families. The songs are to invoke the blessings of various goddesses. By principle, the rendition end with any one of the following three tributes Uyyaala – ఉయ్యాల, Chandamama – చందమామ or Gouramma – గౌరమ్మ.Also Check Out:
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