Bathukamma Festival

Bathukamma festival is celebrated by women in telangana region of andhra pradesh.This is celebrated in the month of september and october and gets concluded two days before dusheera.

Batuku means live, and Amma means mother, hence Batukamma. Batukamma celebrates the glory of Gauri goddess (meaning fair or white) – the patron Goddess of womanhood.This festival is celebrated by women and girls.Women are draped traditionally silk sarees, wear Jewellery and girls in a two-piece saree called as Langa oni.

The women arrange seven varities of flowers on a plate in a conical shape and call it batukamma.Once the plate is arranged the plate is kept on the ground and all the women form a circle around the bathkamma and they clap hands and sing songs

The legend of Batukamma Panduga (festival) is mentioned in one of the historical texts scripted in Telugu. Centuries ago, King Dharmangada of Chola Dynasty used to rule South India. He was childless for many years after marriage. After performing many pujas and rituals, his wife gave birth to Goddess Lakshmi.

Baby Lakshmi survived many accidents. So, her parents named her Batukamma (Batuku = life, Amma= suffix to female names and mother). Since then, Batukamma festival is celebrated by young girls in Telangana region. The main purpose of this festival is to worship the Goddess in the belief that the young girls would get husbands as per their wish. It is celebrated for nine days beginning from the Padyami (first day) of the month Ashvayuja (September-October).—The info is from wikipedia.

We don’t celebrate this festival but since my childhood i have been seeing my neighbours doing this puja.And me and my sisters along with the other girls and aunties used to sing, clap and make rounds around the plate with flowers.

Pictures:-From google images.

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21 thoughts on “Bathukamma Festival

  1. Hey Saritha..this sounds like a very interesting festival,never heard of this before.I think there are some pictures too included here which for some reason i can’t see….i see a blank space.will be back later,till than take care and bahut sara pyar to the girls.

    Thanx and hugs kavi from my girls

  2. I reloaded the page and there they appear..wow,those flower basket offerings (?) look so beautiful.The langa-oni sounds like lahanga-odhni .

    Usually those flowers are left in the river and those who don’t have river near to their homes they leave that in a bucket of water.

    Lahanga-ooni is also know as half saree,it is something like a chunni draped on the langa (lahanga)

  3. I am hearing about this for the first time, Saritha. The flower arrangement is beautiful. Our country has got so many varieties of festivals in different regions.

    Nice photos, Saritha.

    Thanx

  4. There is a similar practice in Tamilnadu named ‘Molappari’. In that also young will so a similar thing like this…But I don’t know whether the same legend holds good this also akka…

    Never heard of molappari,may be both are similar

    but this is interesting info… 🙂 🙂

    the photos are so small.. if they are little bigger.. it will be better.. I guess..

    Didn’t find big pictures in the google images

  5. Oh I luv this one .. hv always joined my neighbours for the celebrations .. posted pics in one of my posts too 🙂

    Did nt know so much abt the festival though .. thanks a lot for sharing Sari 🙂

  6. Saritha – I read this couple of days back but could not comment and it slipped from my mind. So sorry!

    This is fascinating! I love to read such posts! There are so many different, interesting rituals, aren’t there? Very interesting to know. Esp in the back gound of the AP/Telengana tussle, it is interesting to know that there are rituals so specific to the region of Telengana. It is funny, how most of us would not even know about all this, despite them being part of our country.

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