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.
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