The Potharajus enjoying themselves during the Bonalu festival. All the images on this blog are protected by copyright. Please do not copy, blog or repost in ANY way. If you wish to use them please get in touch with me through email.
Some of us fail to see what the fuss is about! All the images on this blog are protected by copyright. Please do not copy, blog or repost in ANY way. If you wish to use them please get in touch with me through email.
During the Bonalu festivities, some participants balance 2-3 pots on their head, hold neem branches and get into a state of trance and sway to the reverberating drums.
Somethings change over time yet, somethings remain the same. One however hopes they get better in a long run. The same wall is decorated differently, the top image was made in 2009, and the one below in 2015.
The final day of the Bonalu festival starts from the Akkanna Madana temple where the deity of the Goddess is carried on elephant top and proceeds to the Laldarwaza temple and back to the Charminar and finally proceeds towards the Nayapul. These processions seem to wear a very festive and carnival like atmosphere with drum… Continue reading Bonalu – Closing Day
On July 15, most of Hyderabad celebrated the Bonalu. A more historic venue of the celebration is at Lal Darwaza in the old city. More than 100 years ago, the Nizam’s Prime Minister Maharaja Kishen Perhsad prayed at this temple to provide relief the floods. Floods effected the whole of Hyderabad. and the flood waters… Continue reading Laldarwaza Bonalu 2012
The Sunday following the Bonalu celebrations at Secunderabad at the Ujjaini Mahankali Temple, the rest of Hyderabad celebrates the festival. The more grand and prominent of these occur at Balkampet’s Yellamma temple as well as the Old City’s Laldarwaza. Here I present a series of visuals at the Balkampet Yellamma temple on Jul 15, when… Continue reading Yellamma Temple Bonalu 2012